This year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival lineup was especially deep — though there was a noted lack of guitar-based hard rock bands. Despite the abundance of indie/pop acts on the bill, festival attendees willing to skip part of Beyonce’s headlining set on Saturday night could catch a rare intimate performance from X Japan, the phenomenally successful Japanese rock band.
For their performance at the festival’s second weekend, X Japan was joined by Marilyn Manson for a special treat. With band leader Yoshiki sitting at a crystal piano, Marilyn Manson accompanied him for a haunting rendition of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”, which of course was one of the most successful early songs from Manson and his band in the 1990s.
Yoshiki’s official Instagram page documented it as well:
Yoshiki was very appreciative of the reception his band — which included Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, Guns N’ Roses’ Richard Fortus and holograms of X Japan’s deceased members Hide and Taiji — received both weekends:
“It was such an honor to be part of this amazing festival, playing with so many great artists. Because of our time slot, I was sad I couldn’t see Beyoncé’s show, but at the same time I was shocked so many people showed up to support us. The mosh pits surprised me, too–the audience’s energy was unbelievable. There were so many rock fans onsite, let’s bring back rock to the mainstream, rock’s not dead. Thank you to our fans and Coachella from the bottom of my heart.”