Coachella was in full swing this weekend and while people were worshiping Harry Styles and finding out what Danny Elfman actually looks likeHikaru Utada graced the stage and performed a few certified Kingdom Hearts firecrackers.
Utada, which is intrinsically linked to Kingdom Hearts through their music early appearance in in-game advertisementsopened their Coachella set with the song that started it all, Kingdom Hearts’ first theme “Simple and clean”.
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While archived footage of Utada’s performance at Coachella on YouTube is not available in some countries, ever-reliable, self-proclaimed “Square Enix fangirl” Audrey “aitaikimochi” Lamsam uploaded clips of their performance to Twitter. Her reaction, echoed in the comments below her clips, was extreme FOMO, wishing she could have been there to see the performance live. Who could blame her, given Utada’s commanding stage presence and angelic voice.
Standing on stage by their loneliness, Utada performed “Simple And Clean” in front of a trippy viewer on a giant screen. Even from the brief snippet of Lamsam’s video, Utada’s performance sounded spellbinding. I guess the fans in attendance must have been mesmerized by the opening song breaking away from their slow rocking. But Utada not only played other classics from their discography like “First Love”, “Automatic” and “T” during their set, they also performed Kingdom Hearts 3“Facing My Fears” (without Skrillex). Guess the live crowd must have been mesmerized by the wind mixed with the smoke machine ruffling Utada’s hair as they effortlessly performed the iconic Kingdom Hearts Songs. Me, I would have melted into a puddle.
Although many fists were pumped as Utada performed the opening theme song for Kingdom Hearts 3many netizens shared their feeling of FOMO at not being able to see Utada perform their hits live, and even some disdain for the live crowd not going completely crazy during the performance.
If the reaction to Utada putting video game music back on the map at the biggest music festival of the year is any indication, I think more gigs would benefit from featuring more artists known for video game music. ‘Until then I’ll be playing”one last kiss” endlessly.