For many, Beychella Part 2 was the pinnacle of the Coachella experience. In hopes of getting an up-close view of the pop goddess, some camped out at the main stage hours before her late night set, with some prime slots for Beyoncé’s 11:05 p.m. set snared by noon.
By the time Beyoncé’s show began, the festival grounds were filled far and wide with those eager to catch the set described as “Beyoncé Homecoming 2018,” stretching back to an art structure on the opposite side of main stage.
But while most people at Coachella were enjoying Beyoncé, the festival transformed in other ways.
Although the number of people at X Japan’s show was just a tiny fraction of those enjoying Beyoncé’s performance, the crowds’ energy mirrored one another.
The beloved Japanese band rarely makes it to the U.S., having not performed in America since a 2014 gig at Madison Square Garden in New York. With intense vocals and instrumentals, a vibrant set design, outrageous fashion and people singing along loudly in Japanese, X Japan’s set felt like stepping into a rock opera.
Dressed in a tight black pants, a snake-skin patterned coat and thick black choker, the band’s architect — the composer, drummer and pianist who performs simply as Yoshiki — stepped to the front of the stage to introduce special guest Marilyn Manson. The small crowd roared as the two launched into a haunting rendition…