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Thursday, March 23, 2017

X brings 40th anniversary tour to New Orleans May 18

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM

click image X in 2016. - DAVID LEE
  • X in 2016.

Continuing its run of 40th anniversary shows, primordial punk band X will perform in New Orleans on May 18.

X — among the first-wave punk bands in the embryonic Los Angeles scene — recently added new dates to follow last year's 40th anniversary performances with the band's original lineup: vocalist Exene Cervenka, bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D.J. Bonebrake.

The band plays One Eyed Jacks on Thursday, May 18. Tickets are $30 general admission (and $99 for VIP).

The band performed at 2011's Voodoo Experience ("Haven't we had a string," Cervenka told Gambit in a weird, revealing interview) and at House of Blues in 2015.

In February, Doe performed solo at Chickie Wah Wah to support the release of his 2016 LP The Westerner. In an interview with Gambit, Doe recalled the scene's early days:
"At that time, people struggled with what is or isn’t punk. Some people were called posers because they weren’t ‘punk rock’ enough. The Germs always called X hippies because we played slow songs. It didn’t really matter. It sort of mattered at the time. But it all worked out."

Doe co-wrote 2016's acclaimed book of short essays Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk, which collects stories and observations from a dozen artists and scene regulars. Its audiobook was nominated for a Grammy Award.

"I tested out Los Angeles and really liked it, more for the literary and film noir elements of it," Doe told Gambit. "The last straw was I didn’t want to play in cover bands. I heard Patti Smith and the MC5 and thought, 'I’ve never really been in bands before, so why don’t I try to go someplace else and see who’s out there?' It so happened there were a lot of people who felt the same way, who were misfits in their own way."

Here's the band goofing around with David Letterman before performing "Breathless" from the band's 1983 LP More Fun in the New World.

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