X Announces 31st Anniversary Reunion Tour

Photo by Tony Miguel

I thought X broke up forever and a day ago, but I guess I was wrong, err… maybe I wasn’t. Anyway, if 31 years of being together on and off isn’t a good reason to head out on the road again, then I don’t know what is. The X “Reunion Tour” features the band’s original lineup (Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake) and it will make its mark at Irving Plaza on May 24, 2008 (tickets on sale 03/01 at 10am). No record in the works that I can tell, but one show will be recorded for DirecTV, which I suppose could lead to a DVD or a CD. All X tour dates after the jump (you might notice that there is a big gap between the New York date and the second last scheduled date in Las Vegas, I’m guessing something will come up in between).

Austin, Chicago, Denver, Seattle and Los Angeles Among The Tour Stops

(Los Angeles, CA) The punk scene of Los Angeles in the late 70’s saw its share of great acts rise up out of the streets, but few were as talented and durable as X. They were the quintessential L.A. punk rockers that have become a world class, live, rock & roll band. Now, X is back out on tour in 2008 with something really special; the original line-up of John Doe, Exene, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake are set to rock again in the “13 – 31 Tour” across the U.S.A.

Formed in 1977 when Billy Zoom and John Doe placed virtually identically worded ads in the same paper on the same day looking to start a band, Exene soon followed, and once DJ was found the band complete. Discovered by ex-Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, the band went on to record such landmark albums as “Los Angeles” in 1980, the similarly punked-up “Wild Gift” in ’81, while their ’82 album, “Under The Big Black Sun” began what would be a long career in merging hard rock, country, Americana, and folk into their fiery mix.

Building on the success of their last national outing, the “As the World Burns Tour” in 2006, X is starting off the first leg of their “13 – 31” Tour in March 2008 at the famed SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. A specially selected show will be taped for a 1-hour special on DirecTV.

The members of X have been working hard in their own rites and are incredibly relevant in today’s music scene. Doe tours constantly. Yep Roc Released his “A Year in the Wilderness” in June ’07, and in between recording and touring he manages to have an acting career. Exene fronts her band, the Original Sinners, as well as extending her voice into the spoken word performance world. D.J. keeps his days filled as a recording session musician and heading up two bands, Bonebrake Syncopators and Orchestra Superstring, while Zoom produces recordings for other bands, designs amps and guitars.

The X exclusive club date itinerary is:

March 13 House of Blues Dallas TX
March 14 SXSW Austin TX
March 15 SXSW Austin TX
March 17 Pop’s Sauget IL
March 18 Vogue Theatre Indianapolis IN
March 19 Metro Chicago IL
March 21 Barrymore Madison WI
March 22 Cabooze Minneapolis MN
March 23 Sokol Underground Omaha NE
March 25 Bluebird Theater Denver CO
March 26 Belly Up Aspen CO
March 28 Big Easy Boise ID
March 29 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
March 30 Showbox Seattle WA
March 31 Showbox Seattle WA
April 9 Belly-Up Solana Beach CA
April 10 Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles CA
April 11 Los Angeles CA
April 12 House Of Blues Las Vegas NV
May 24 w/ Detroit Cobras Fillmore Irving Plaza New York, NY