X have been touring while debuting new music from a future Fat Possum album release. Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake have been on road with their good friends, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and they perform at 9:30 Club in DC on Sept. 5.
Last year, X wrapped a hugely successful Summer tour with the Psychedelic Furs in addition to their annual December X-Mas west coast run where they performed the songs from their 2020 critically acclaimed release, Alphabetland, in addition to the iconic X hits fans know and love from the bands 45-year career.
The exciting and much-anticipated sequel to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, Vol. 3, was a hit in theaters, and the movie features an iconic song from X. The classic X song “Poor Girl” from the band’s heralded fourth studio album, More Fun in the New World, appears on the film’s soundtrack. The album, originally released in September 1983, was the last album for the quartet to be produced by the Doors’ Ray Manzarek.
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Formed in 1977, X quickly established themselves as one of the best bands in the first wave of Los Angeles’ 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 fully intact.
In 2017, the band celebrated their 40th year anniversary in music with a Grammy Museum exhibit opening, a Proclamation from the City of Los Angeles and being honored at a Los Angeles Dodgers game where Exene threw out the first pitch and John Doe sang the National Anthem. In 2019 X reissued and remastered their first four classic albums via their collaboration with Fat Possum Records. Los Angeles (1980), Wild Gift (1981), Under The Big Black Sun (1982), and More Fun In The New World (1983).
In 2020, X celebrated the 40th Aniversary of Los Angeles and celebrated with a surprise release of Alphabetland, their first new studio album featuring the original line-up in 35 years.
W/ Squirrel Nut Zippers
Tuesday, Sept. 5
Doors @ 7pm