Coachella Will Resurrect X Japan Members Hide & Taiji as Holograms
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
The Coachella music festival in Indio, California is known for a number of things. The festival's location brings sweltering heat and music's hottest acts together for multi-weekend shows and packed crowds. It was also the site where Tupac rose from the dead to perform with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre along with deceased rapper Nate Dogg.
Since that moment, hologram recreations of departed performers continue to be discussed and even appear at live performances. G-Eazy announced plans to bring a Mac Dre hologram to his Coachella set in 2016 and Michael Jackson took the stage again at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards,
X Japan's upcoming performances at this year's Coachella will resurrect two of their own members. A press release for the band announced that the groups April 14 and April 21 performances will include holograms of former lead guitarist Hideto "Hide" Matsumoto and bassist Taiji Sawada. Hide passed away of an apparent suicide in 1998. Taiji attempted suicide while in police custody in 2011 and later died after he was removed from life support by his family.
The press release also notes that a "collection of guests" will appear on the stage with X Japan during the performances. Yoshiki is also returning to the stage less than a year after his emergency cervical artificial disc replacement surgery.
X Japan's most notable anime contributions were the songs in the X² music video collection and later X movie. The animation studio Madhouse adapted both productions from CLAMP's X manga. The surviving band members — Toshimitsu "Toshi" Deyama, Yoshiki Hayashi, Tomoaki "Pata" Ishizuka, and Hiroshi "Heath" Morie — reunited in 2007.