the Los Angeles tour celebrates the 31st Anniversary of the album that began X‘s career, and defined an entire musical genre. Coincidentally, the rights to the film by long-time friend Bill Morgan – X: The Unheard Music had recently been returned to him. The band wanted to mark not only their debut album , but also to share this remarkable film as a sort of place holder. It reminds you of what the context was for the band and the city at that time.
The show begins with the screening of X: The Unheard Music followed by the band performing the Los Angeles album in its entirety, followed by the band performing another approx. 45 mins of material from their other albums.
This program was first performed Holiday 2010 and the response was such that the band decided to roll it out nationally. A lot of people were seeing X: The Unheard Music for the first time (and some for the 20th time), and then to hear the band play live…it’s hard to explain but it was magic. The band encourages the audience to interact with the movie as it screens, it’s meant to be played loud!
The most repeated comment after the shows was that X sounds as good or better than they did then. The film was shot between 1980 and 1985.
The highlight from last year’s West Coast tour was undoubtedly Ray Manzarek (of Doors fame and producer of the band’s first four records) surprising fans by joining X on stage at Slim’s in San Francisco for two very special performances. Were you there?
the Los Angeles tour starts again in September and we hope to see you. For tour details, click here.