Posted in music | pictures on October 3, 2011

photos by Devan Council

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X is for extreme, which is the only way I can describe Friday night's sold-out performance of X's 1980 debut album, Los Angeles, in its entirety. The show began with the viewing of X's 1986 documentary film, X: The Unheard Music, followed by the LA based band band taking the stage a little before 10pm....

In front of a sold out crowd of some 1200 fans, X kicked off the set by playing "Your Phone's Off the Hook, But You're Not." As the masters on stage played each song with pure raw energy, the audience with all their pent up anticipation burst into excitement. X's version of The Doors' "Soul Kitchen" was just as an exciting rendition of the original. "Los Angeles," the title track from the album of the same name had a strong delivery propelled by guitarist, Billy Zoom's mastery of his Gretsch guitar. Besides playing the entire Los Angeles album, X played songs from their albums Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun and More Fun in the New World -[Concert Log]

X played all of their landmark LP Los Angeles at Irving Plaza on 9/30, a feat they repeated the next night (10/1) at the same NYC venue, and the night before at Maxwell's. The band is currently touring and will hit Chicago for Riot Fest this week. An updated set of dates, and more pictures from Irving Plaza, below...

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X - 2011 TOUR DATES
Oct. 2: The Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
Oct. 4: Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Oct. 5: Riot Fest @ Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL
Oct. 6: The Cabooze, Minnepolis, MN
Oct. 8: The Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
Oct. 28: Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola, FL
Dec. 9: Club Red, Phoenix, AZ
Dec. 10: Fox Theatre, Tucson, AZ
Dec. 11: House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
Dec. 14: The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Dec. 15: The Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA
Dec. 16: The Henry Fonda, Los Angeles, CA
Dec. 28: Buck Owen's Crystal Palace, Bakersfield, CA
Dec. 29: Harlow's, Sacramento, CA
Dec. 30: Slim's, San Francisco, CA
Dec. 31: Slim's, San Francisco, CA

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Tags: Irving Plaza, X

Comments (23)

X...Y?

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 12:35 PM

F*ck i cant believe i missed this

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 12:38 PM

They looked old, but they didn't sound old. They sounded pretty damn good, actually. Glad that I finally got to see them, with Billy Zoom.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 12:41 PM

Amazing show played with heart and energy. X are the best!

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 12:53 PM

that woman in x is real ugly

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 12:55 PM

They killed it on Friday! They sounded impeccable. John Doe is sort of looks like a dashing Wayne Newton.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 12:55 PM

One of the great american bands of our time ! Saw em 3 times in the last couple weeks.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 1:02 PM

Where is XZibit?

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 1:38 PM

Fucking amazing band. Blew my shit away at the Maxwells show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 1:44 PM

12:55 go listen to Panda Bear, then go punch yourself in the face.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 1:46 PM

Saw X when they toured with Rollins Band. They killed it, though Zoom is a weird motherfucker!

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 1:50 PM

this will be the show i'm the most sorry i missed all year...favorite band of all time, saw them dozens of times in the early 80s when i was living in LA

Posted by deb | October 3, 2011 2:08 PM

I once walked by Zoom at their show as he was hanging out by the bar. He watched me walk from one side of the room to the other, all the while grinning. Being a dude, it was awkward.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 2:16 PM

^ and by "awkward" I mean "super hot." I haven't gotten him out of my mind ever since.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 2:41 PM

the music and the band have lost nothing and maybe have gotten better and they were all excellent musicians to start with. always put on a high energy show, respect the audience. timeless music b/c so well-written. be grateful. ugly? old? what do you haters bring to the table? scraps i'll bet. exene lived w/ MS fear for ~15 years.

Posted by donn | October 3, 2011 2:44 PM

@12:55 - That "woman" and her band have done more for punk rock and American rock music in general than you could ever possibly understand or imagine. Not to mention that she has survived a deluge of recent health problems. You really show just how green you are with a comment like that son.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 2:46 PM

And of course all negative comments are directed at 12:55(1) not 12:55(2).

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 2:47 PM

12:55(1) should say that to Viggo Mortenson

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 3:05 PM

Didn't think this would have a Viggo Mortensen reference here. Nice job, 3:05.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 3:41 PM

X the best punk band that came from LA. and still the best punk band around.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 4:51 PM

X is still amazing live.

I love when writers say that a band played an album "in its entirety." Playing an album "in its entirety" is so much better than when they just play "all of it."

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 5:02 PM

glad it sold out. that means they'll be back sometime. amazing set list, especially "Beyond and Back."

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 8:05 PM

Never heard of X before, but from this article and its comments, I think I might have to check them out. December is looking prime.

Posted by LA Storage | October 4, 2011 7:45 PM

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