This article starts with a little nostalgia. In the early 80’s, I photographed X during one of their performances at The Roxy (Los Angeles, CA). ‘Back in the day …”, X was a premiere punk back who worked their performance magic throughout the L.A. music scene. So when, I fast-forward to present day, having the opportunity to photograph and cover them again some 32 years later, I am very honored and humbled.
Several have attempted, but few have stood the test of time from the days when punk rock made it’s well known stand on the L.A. and New York music scenes. Is it possible that X remains as one of The Greatest American Punk Band Icons? Here is a band whose brand of “punk” encompassed Tin Pan Alley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and even the Doors, along with a unique style that has held true in every album released. So to answer … YES, absolutely, without question!
The evidence was clearly on display Saturday night at Mill City Nights. X took to the stage and jumped right into ‘Your Phone’s Off The Hook, But You’re Not’. Exene Cervenka, John Doe, D.J Bonebrake, and Jesse Dayton (filling in for Billy Zoom who is undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of bladder cancer) drove their set hard with top performances during every moment of their 24 song set.
I’ve seen X half a dozen times in clubs on the Sunset Strip, where their song ‘Los Angeles’ should be blaring from speakers at every intersection. And I, like most of the audience at crowded Mill City Nights, knew what to expect: loud, faithful renditions of songs. But the show was a little more feisty and fiery than those of recent vintage — louder, faster, and tighter than an aging punk’s tattered jeans.
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