Zoom Undergoing Chemo for Cancer Will Miss Summer Dates

Texas Guitarist – JESSE DAYTON – To Sit-In for Zoom

(Los Angeles – July 10, 2015)  It was announced yesterday, Billy Zoom – the legendary guitarist for the seminal punk band X will not be joining his bandmates on their July and August dates as he seeks immediate medical treatment for bladder cancer.

Texas guitar player, Jesse Dayton (Waylon Jennings, Supersuckers) will be sitting in for the iconic guitarist temporarily.

Dates beginning on July 17th in Ridgefield, CT and continuing through August 3 in NY at City Winery will feature Dayton stepping in for Billy.  Remaining festival dates in August and September are yet to be determined.

As was previously announced, X, the long-time leaders of the L.A. Punk Scene,  will perform at the KCRW “Sound in Focus” Annenberg Live Series on August 8th with Dwight Yoakam.  The concert is free for all ages; those interested in attending need to RSVP at KCRW.comX have also been confirmed to perform at this year’s Hopscotch festival on September 12th in Raleigh, NC as well as September 19th at the Kaaboo Festival held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA.

Beginning yesterday and continuing through the weekend, X bring their 4-Album Show plays to The Observatory in Orange County with Billy in his original position, trademark Cheshire grin and all.

Formed in 1977, X quickly established themselves as one of the best bands in LA’s flourishing first wave punk scene. 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. While these songs were later re-recorded for their second album, the versions on Adult Books / We’re Desperate reveal X’s raw talent for totally sincere songwriting and stripped-down rock n’ roll.  This past April, the band re-issued that first single, in its original 7-inch format, as limited edition colored vinyl.

The original line-up of X remains John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake.  Jesse Dayton fills in for Billy Zoom from July 17 – August 3.


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(Los Angeles, CA – July 9, 2015)  Legendary guitarist, punk legend, and all-around nice guy, Billy Zoom, has been diagnosed with cancer.   Yesterday, Zoom was given the news that he has an aggressive form of bladder cancer and immediate treatment is necessary to fight the disease.  The 67-year-old musician/producer/electronics wiz will begin chemo treatment next week.

In early 2010, Zoom revealed that he had been successfully treated for prostate cancer.

X and Zoom are committed to this weekend’s 4-album play shows at Orange County’s The Observatory.  Joining X for these shows will be The Blasters and Mike Watt.


X will continue with their previously announced July and August mid-west and east coast tour dates as planned in support of Billy and his family.  A replacement for Zoom will be announced shortly.

X and manager, Mike Rouse, have begun a fund to help Zoom with his upcoming medical costs.

Statement from X: 

In the music community, we all take turns helping each other & have since the beginning. Punk rock and benefits always went hand in hand: you name the cause, and the bands and fans will be there.
Now it’s our turn to help Billy Zoom,
the wittiest, smartest, nicest, best guitar player & friend I know. I would do anything to help him get better, help take care of his family, and lessen his woes. Billy has begun chemo treatment at Cedars Sinai for Bladder cancer. He has a long road ahead of him but we are confident he’s beat cancer once and he’ll do it again!

Please keep Billy in your prayers and send some positive energy his way!
Donating a few bucks will help take away some of his financial stress and worry.
It’s the punk rock thing to do.

Exene, John, DJ, and Mike

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NEW dates and revised Tour Schedule

X 2015 “How I Learned My Lesson” Summer tour dates and ticket links

  1. X Album Show / Observatory 4 day pass

  1. Jul 9 Observatory Santa Ana, CA Los Angeles Album

  1. Jul 10 Observatory Santa Ana, CA Wild Gift Album

  1. Jul 11 Observatory Santa Ana, CA Under The Big Black Sun Album

  1. Jul 12 Observatory Santa Ana, CA More Fun in the New World Album

  1. Jul 17 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT

  1. Jul 18 Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA

  1. Jul 19 The State Theatre Falls Church, VA

  1. Jul 22 Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland, OH

  1. Jul 24 The Magic Bag, Ferndale, MI

  1. Jul 26 City Winery, Chicago, IL

  1. Jul 27 City Winery, Chicago, IL

  1. Jul 28 City Winery, Chicago, IL

  1. Jul 30 The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA

  1. Aug 1 City Winery, New York City, NY

  1. Aug 2 City Winery, New York City, NY

  1. Aug 3 City Winery, New York City, NY

  1. Aug 8 Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA

  1. Aug 28 Juneau Park (Sprecher Brewery’s 30th Anniversary), Milwaukee, WI

  1. Aug 30 Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA

    1. Sep 1 The Bottleneck, Lawrence,

  1. Sep 2 The Duckroom, St Louis, MO

  1. Sep 4 House of Blues, New Orleans, LA

  1. Sep 5 Saturn, Birmingham, AL

  1. Sep 6 City Winery, Nashville, TN

  1. Sep 8 Terminal West, Athens, GA

  1. Sep 9 Georgia Theatre, Atlanta, GA

  1. Sep 11 Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis, MD

  1. Sep 12 Hopscotch Fest, Raleigh, NC

  1. Sep 19 KAABOO Fest, Del Mar, CA


“The Dust of Sunlight: Exene Cervenka, Journals and Collage 1974 – 2015″

SLOAN Projects​ is pleased to present The Dust of Sunlight: Exene Cervenka, Journals and Collage 1974-2015, curated by Kristine McKenna. On view June 6 through July 04, 2015. A reception for the artist and book signing will be held Saturday, June 6 from 5-8pm.
SLOAN Projects: Bergamot Station Arts Center 2525 Michigan Avenue Gallery B5 Santa Monica, CA 90404

All images by Exene Cervenka

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