X Japan's Yoshiki Returns to Drums for Tokyo, Coachella Comeback Concerts

X Japan's Yoshiki
Courtesy of Billboard Japan

X Japan's Yoshiki

X Japan performed a special two-day concert in Tokyo last week celebrating the 10th anniversary of their reunion, then traveled to California for Coachella Music Festival, where they headlined the Mojave Stage on Saturday night (April 14). 

Warming up in a relatively intimate (for them) setting in Tokyo, 5,000 fans flocked to Zepp DiverCity to witness the full recovery of the band's leader <a href="/music/Yoshiki">Yoshiki</a>, who had undergone cervical artificial disc replacement surgery last May.

The legendary musician had refrained from playing the drums since his surgery, but unleashed his comeback performance in all its flamboyant, head-banging glory to the sheer delight of his loyal fans who had waited patiently for his return.

Guitarists Wes Borland from <a href="/music/Limp-Bizkit">Limp Bizkit</a>, Richard Fortus from <a href="/music/guns-n-roses">Guns N' Roses</a>, and Miya from the Japanese visual kei band <a href="/music/mucc">MUCC</a> joined X Japan as special guests during the concert, and everyone returned to the stage to perform an incredible eight-person rendition of "X" to close the commemorative show.

For the Coachella shows, the band is incorporating holograms of the late guitarist HIDE and bassist TAIJI to perform as a "seven-member" band. X Japan will perform at the festival's second weekend this Saturday (April 21).

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