X Give Well Rounded Performance For The Damned’s “Machine Gun Etiquette” Celebration
COSA MESA, CA–
“….The legendary band, X, hit the stage next. The L.A. punk pioneers still consist of all 4 original members: the venerable John Doe on Bass and vocals, songstress Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom on Guitar and Sax and drummer DJ Bonebreak. They celebrated their 40th anniversary as a band in 2017 with a tour that lasted through 2018.
They opened their set with “Beyond and Back.“ During the second song “It’s Who You Know,” Exene, playfully gave a few photographers in the photo pit, close-up shots of her face. They also performed “Because I Do” which happened to be one of my all-time favorites. I remember the video of Exene as the Ghost of a woman who wants to “haunt your heart.”
Their hour-long set was a career spanning odyssey of hits and fan favorites. They are a band that has touched several genres with skilled songwriting and beloved covers, including Jerry Lee Lewis’, “Breathless” and the Doors “Soul Kitchen.” Other highlights of their 18 song set were, “The New World,” “Year 1” and “True Love.” John Doe introduced, Craig Packham to take over drum duties as D.J. Bonebreak moved over to the vibes for the dreamy “Come Back To Me.” This also featured Billy Zoom on Sax.
Bonebreak returned to his kit and the band dove into the more fast-paced rockers with “Some Other Time.” The familiar and well-loved syncopated opening of their seminal song, “Los Angeles” was next. This is the song that started it all for me. Even if you’ve never listened to their catalog, you’ve heard this song. It’s a classic. The well rounded set continued with “Your Phone’s Off the Hook, But You’re Not,” “Nausea,” “Johnny Hit & Run Pauline” and “Motel Room in My Bed.” The aforementioned Doors cover, “Soul Kitchen” and “The Hungry Wolf” closed out their time on stage. It was a superb musical display of the legendary band’s discography…”