Happy New Year everyone! We are in Dallas to ring in the new year and Dan MacAdam has created one of his awesome posters for the occaission. [Thanks Dan!]
If you are close to Dallas, we’d love to see you at Gas Monkey Bar & Grill.
Dan’s poster (below) is the final poster of the 2013 X-mas Poster Series. To see the entire series, click here.
Our friends at KEXP in Seattle invited us over for an in-studio session when we come to town for the El Corazon shows.
John Doe and Exene will be performing LIVE on: Saturday – Dec. 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm Pacific Time
IN SEATTLE? Tune it to 90.3 FM
SOMEWHERE ELSE? Stream John and Exene LIVE at KEXP.ORG
- [In Brazil? Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 9:00:00 PM KEXP.ORG . Need a Time Zone Converter ? –> http://bit.ly/1fwjjbb ]
TO JOIN THE X LIVE on KEXP Facebook Event Click -> HERE!
X-MAS 2013 TOUR UPDATE: 12/15 Mystic Theater in Petaluma, CA (sold out – but here’s Scott Walker’s great poster for your enjoyment. more?). 12/19 Roseland Theater in Portland, OR (tickets available!). 12/20 & 12/21 El Corozon in Seattle, WA (tickets available!).
[ UPDATED 12.31.13 - Series is complete. ] Less than week to X-mas 2013! The vans are ready, the T-shirts are screened and the posters are being pulled all around the country as I type.
That’s right- X has once again assembled an unbeatable art force-du-jour! Here are some of the results. HERE – RIGHT NOW – before you even get to the show! And as more posters come in – we’ll add them too!
Merry X-Mas everyone! See you at the show!
Thank you to our friends and artists for making us look so good AGAIN!
~X~ (Note: click the poster for the slide show. Artists websites listed below image if you want one for your very own! Or get it at the Show!)
It’s happening – right now across the country. Some of our favorite talent is creating another epic series of X art. Remember you can get posters either at the X show OR directly from the Artist (click the poster image for artist website.)
Here’s the Series line-up with a sample of a previous X piece(s) for your enjoyment!
Nov. 29, 2013
Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
Nov. 30, 2013
Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
Dec. 5, 2013
Ventura Theatre – Ventura, CA
Dec. 6 & 7, 2013
The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
Dec. 8, 2013
Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
Dec. 12, 2013
SLO Brewing – San Luis Obispo, CA
Dec. 13, 2013
The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
HENRY CONTRERUS “LOCO”
Dec. 14, 2013
Strummers – Fresno, CA
DEC. 15, 2013
Mystic Threatre – Petaluma, CA
Dec. 19, 2013
Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR
Dec. 20, 2013
El Corazon – Seattle, WA
El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Dec. 31, 2013
Gas Monkey Garage Anniversary- Dallas, TX
Official X Poster Series
In only 15 days we play the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix Arizona – kicking off the 2013 X-mas tour!
It’s been busy as a few more clubs have come on board and some of our favorite poster artists are now creating the 4th official X Tour Series for X-mas 2013. [We'll be posting the complete poster artist line-up Saturday 11/16 - So check back!]
A FAMILY X-MAS TOUR: 11/26 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix – 11/30 Rialto Theatre, Tucson – 12/5 Ventura Theatre, Ventura – 12/6 & 7 Observatory, Santa Ana – 12/8 Belly Up, Solana Beach – 12/12 SLO Brewing, San Luis Obispo – 12/13 Fillmore, San Francisco – 12/14 Strummers, Fresno – 12/15 Mystic Theater, Petaluma – 12/19 Roseland Theater, Portland – 12/20 & 21 El Corazon, Seattle – Then for New Year’s Gas Monkey Garage with My Jerusalem Dallas. [FOR TICKETS -Click Here]
When our friend Scott of Burnt Hickory Brewery asked us if he could make an X beer…
SURE – if you bring us some when we hit the Buckhead Theater in Atlanta on October 1st!
So Scott made an X IPA, a video and he’s sharing his receipe for We’re Desperate with everyone – (click here).
X IS ON TOUR NOW with Blondie: 9/30 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN - 10/1 Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta, GA - 10/3 Keewick Theatre, Glenside, PA - 10/4 Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY - 10/5 HOB, Boston, MA (X only)
The holidays are around the corner and so are we!
Being on the road with long-time friends Blondie is so great, we thought we’d do the same for this year’s X-mas.
The Blasters are like family and we can’t wait to again share the stage with them.
Mark your calendars & we’ll see you soon! ~X~
—-A FAMILY X-MAS…. Tickets on Sale 9/27.
|29-Nov||Fri||Phoenix, AZ||Crescent Ballroom||On Sale|
|30-Nov||Sat||Tucson, AZ||Rialto Theatre||On Sale|
|5-Dec||Thur||Ventura, CA||Ventura Theatre||On Sale|
|6-Dec||Fri||Santa Ana, CA||The Observatory||On Sale|
|7-Dec||Sat||Santa Ana, CA||The Observatory||On Sale|
|8-Dec||Sun||Solana Beach, CA||Belly Up Tavern||On Sale|
|12-Dec||Thur||San Luis Obispo, CA||SLO Brewing||On Sale|
|13-Dec||Fri||San Francisco, CA||The Fillmore||On Sale|
|14-Dec||Sat||Fresno, CA||Strummer’s||On Sale|
|15-Dec||Sun||Petaluma, CA||Mystic Theatre||On Sale|
|19-Dec||Thur||Portland, OR||Roseland Theater||On Sale|
|20-Dec||Fri||Seattle, WA||El Corazon||On Sale|
|21-Dec||Sat||Seattle, WA||El Corazon||On Sale|
|*31-Dec||Tue||Dallas, TX||Gas Monkey Bar N Grill||On Sale|
Highlights from the article for you. For the full story, click here.
The No Principals Tour unites two very different flavors of 1980s new wave.
Back during punk’s first generation, X and Blondie may have shared some fans, but the two groups never toured together. For one thing, they came from different scenes: Blondie from CBGB-dominated New York and X from the hardcore-oriented Los Angeles. Now, though, the groups are setting out on a month-long tour together, beginning Thursday in Hampton Beach, N.H., and ending Oct. 4 at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. “I think there’s a lot of respect” between the group’s members, says X bassist John Doe. “We are kind of the last bands standing, and X is still all the original members. We’re all healthy. Maybe Blondie was a little more pop, a little more listener-friendly, weren’t quite as scary.”
They’re having much more fun. At the group’s commercial peak, when videos for Hungry Wolf and The New World got play on MTV, X toured on a bus, followed by a semi truck carrying lighting and sound equipment. Today’s tours are “simpler, smarter, less hijinks, less substance abuse,” says Doe, with just a couple vans. Over the years, the group’s four original members — Doe, ex-wife Exene Cervenka, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D.J. Bonebrake — have “settled all their stuff, all their inter-political band business. There’s very little friction, and it’s good. There’s something to be said for the craziness of hard living and hard drinking. You get some kind of off-balance and crazy performance. We put in solid performances, with moments of craziness.”
The house they called home. The group played its first gig in 1977, at the Los Angeles house were Doe and Cervenka lived. “It was an old house that got torn down that was too beautiful and was in the way of a parking lot,” Cervenka says. “We played on the floor in the living room. Everybody was drunk and wild and we had a great time. I remember feeling relieved it was over, because I’d never sung to anybody before except at a practice.”
The Ritz is a mess. Zoom recalls, but claims no responsibility for, an ’80s show at New York rock club The Ritz where members of the group and crew got a little out of hand afterwards. “I think our lighting director and Exene got in a food fight in the back room at the Ritz,” says the guitarist. “The large Italian man in the suit, with the gun, made them clean it up. And made Exene get down on her hands and knees and pick up the macaroni salad up off the floor. But I wasn’t involved in that. I was somewhere else…. “
“This week, Rhino Entertainment released The X Collection: 1980-1987, a digital set compiling X’s first six albums. Those albums, plus the 1988 set Live at the Whisky A Go Go, are now available digitally for the first time. A new limited-edition vinyl set of the first four albums — Los Angeles, Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun and More Fun in the New World — also includes a booklet written by the late Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who co-produced the albums….”
For the full story, click here.
Thanks to our friends at Rhino - The X catalog is now available digitally for the first time!
Deluxe versions of the classic albums Los Angeles, Under The Big Black Sun, and Wild Gift will also be available digitally for the first time. All were released on CD in the early 2000s but have never hit the digital domain. Standard and deluxe versions of their albums More Fun In The Real World and Ain’t Love Grand will also be making their digital debut as well as their classic Live At The Whisky A Go-Go and the 1995 album from The John Doe Thing Kissingsohard. A full list of all titles released digitally on September 3 is below.
Rhino has also released a NEW digital boxed set titled The X Collection: 1980-1987, which compiles the first six studio albums.
Get it here: http://bit.ly/176lRsQ
Hope to see you soon on tour ~X~
COMPLETE LISTING OF X DIGITAL RELEASES
- The X Collection: 1980-1987
-Los Angeles – Deluxe Edition
-Under The Big Black Sun – Deluxe Edition
-Wild Gift – Deluxe Edition
-More Fun In The New World – Original Album and Deluxe Edition
-Ain’t Love Grand – Original Album and Deluxe Edition
-See How We Are – Standard Edition
-Live At The Whisky A Go-Go
-The John Doe Project Kissingsohard