The most successful rock band in Japanese history, X Japan, will return to the U.S. this spring for their debut performances at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. After major concerts at Lollapalooza in 2010 and headlining Madison Square Garden in 2014, the band’s return also marks the return of band leader and drummer, Yoshiki, to the stage after emergency surgery last May to replace a cervical vertebral disc. This will be his first concert with X Japan since headlining SSE Wembley Arena in London last March.
Since the 90s, X Japan has sold over 30 million albums, singles and videos combined, and has sold out Japan’s 55,000-seat Tokyo dome a record 18 times. They weathered a decade-long break-up, but officially reunited in 2008. Since then, they have continued to play to massive audiences, selling out multiple arenas, and tour around the world. We Are X, the documentary about the band, was called a “fascinating and assured documentary” by the New York Times, winning awards at the Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals followed by theatrical premieres in over 20 countries and a worldwide chart-topping soundtrack.
X Japan will be at Coachella on Saturday, April 14th and Saturday, April 21st. The band is currently in the studio completing their first full-length album in over 20 years, set for release in 2018.