It was 40 years ago when X formed in Los Angeles after a mind-blowing performance by The Ramones! In the fall of ’76 when Billy saw the Ramones play at the Great Western Ballroom in Norwalk. The next day, Billy put an ad in Musician’s contact service looking for like-minded musicians to start a band with. That same day, bass player John Doe had placed a similar ad and saw Billy’s. The rest, as they say, is history!
The party starts this holiday season with the annual X-Mas shows. Beginning on November 27th in Seattle, the X-Mas 40th Anniversary Celebration will begin 4 nights of music in 4 cities celebrating 4 decades of music! After hitting the Northwest with Seattle/Portland dates, the band heads back down the coast with multiple shows through the Bay Area before hitting So Cal with 4 nights each in San Diego and Los Angeles at the infamous Roxy Theatre.
The show will be a history lesson for X fans – the music will tell the story from then to now with a different support band each night, including: Chris Shiflett, The Blasters, Mike Watt & The Secondmen, Small Wigs, Skating Polly, Tripwires and LP3 & The Tragedy. (Small Wigs will play the Sacramento date!)
For a long time interviewers and X people we've met have asked us did you think when X started you'd still be playing together now? And our answer is surprisingly - No! Of course not! In 1976 I was 20; now I'm 60. How's that for weird?! DJ Bonebrake, Billy Zoom, John Doe and Exene Cervenka are STILL together! We are still touring, and guess what? We now have Billy Zoom on saxophone, DJ on vibes! We added another fine musician, Craig Packham to fill in on drums and rhythm guitar to make that happen. Our harmonies are somewhat perfected, our souls are still in- tact, and against all odds, maladies and distractions, all the setbacks and obstacles- we are still here! Just some friendly advice- you should probably come see us play while you still have the chance. Not that X is going away anytime soon! A couple weeks ago we were in the van coming home from a show, and started talking about this very exciting 40th Anniversary year coming up. Then Billy said: " That's nice. What are we doing for our 50th anniversary?" Aren't you glad X is still around? I am! --Exene
Formed in 1977, X quickly established themselves as one of the best bands in the first wave of LA's flourishing punk scene; becoming legendary leaders of a punk generation. Featuring vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer DJ Bonebrake, their debut 45 was released on the seminal Dangerhouse label in 1978, followed by seven studio albums released from 1980-1993. Over the years, the band has released several critically acclaimed albums, topped the musical charts with regularity and performed their iconic hits on top television shows such as Letterman and American Bandstand. X’s first two studio albums, Los Angeles and Wild Gift are ranked by Rolling Stone among the top 500 greatest albums of all time. The band continues to tour with the original line-up of John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake.