X JAPAN is scheduled to perform on April 14 and 21 at Coachella Music Festival, but they may be down one member. SUGIZO revealed that he has encountered some issues in getting his visa to go through. There’s a high possibility that it won’t go through in time for the festival. In an emergency interview with BARKS, YOSHIKI revealed that they may have to call in a support guitarist to fill in.
The world of Visual kei is no stranger to visa issues, particularly when it comes to playing in South America and the U.S.A. KAMIJO has been victim to such circumstances, and while we can’t name other bands with a reliable source, we’re sure you’ve heard of rumors flying around.
X JAPAN is obviously feeling the pressure. Not only is this a legendary performance for the band – SUGIZO’s shoes aren’t exactly easy to fill. X JAPAN’s songs are demanding on all parts. Fans can only hope that either a visa miracle pulls through, or that they can find someone who can play their songs within the week.