As promised, Marilyn Manson took to the stage at Coachella over the weekend to perform a haunting rendition Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’ with X Japan, and it was exactly what you would have expected from the shock-rocker.
On Thursday, Marilyn Manson took to social media to announce that he was set to appear on the second weekend of the Californian festival to appear with X Japan, despite apparently being banned from the event.
“I never thought I would play at a festival I was banned from,” he wrote on Twitter. “But… Yoshiki invited me to join the stage with XJAPAN. You don’t want to miss this one.”
I never thought I would play at a festival I was banned from. But… Yoshiki invited me to join the stage with XJAPAN. You don’t want to miss this one
— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) April 18, 2018
While this Tweet was odd enough in its own right, this revelation also led a number of fans and music sources to question both Manson and Coachella in regards to when, and why, he was banned from the fest. As yet, there’s been no explanation given, but considering he’s never played the festival previously, we can only assume it must have been a pre-emptive strike on the part of organisers.
However, when Saturday, April 21st rolled around, Marilyn Manson kept his word and appeared onstage, with X Japan’s Yoshiki handling piano duties, as Spin notes.
Performing as a duo, the pair delivered a haunting take on Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’, which had previously helped Marilyn Manson break into the mainstream back in 1995 when their original cover of the track was released.