X Marks Its Spot with Four-Night Album Residencies, Acoustic Tour

Frank Gargani

Band is set to perform first four albums in their entirety for fans in L.A., New York, Chicago and Cleveland, with acoustic tour to follow on west coast.

Local L.A. punk legends X, who previously announced a four-night engagement at The Roxy in Los Angeles July 10-13, where the band will play their first four ground-breaking albums, in their entirety, have added three more cities, New York, Chicago and Cleveland, where fans will get to hear them play Los Angeles, Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun and More Fun in the New World.

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The band will hit the City Winery in New York City August 21-24, the same venue in Chicago September 2-5 and Cleveland's Music box Supper Club September 9-12.

Los Angeles and Wild Gift were both named to Rolling Stone's To 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The band will play each album, with a number of songs ("Bad Thoughts," "Come Back to Me") never performed live before. It will also mark the first time Billy Zoom can be seen playing sax on-stage or drummer DJ Bonebrake on vibes.

Mixed in between playing their plugged-in electric show for fans in Boston, Philly, Pittsburgh, Ferndale and Grand Rapids, MI, X will embark on a west coast acoustic trek culminating with a headlining spot on the Portland, OR-based Pickathon Festival on August 2 and 3.  This marks the first time all four original members — Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy and DJ  — will play all original X material without amplification.

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X's 2008 13-31 Tour across the U.S. celebrated the band’s 31st anniversary, while the following year saw appearances at SXSW and Coachella Festivals, along with their own X – TRL Tour, where fans helped select each night’s set list.  In 2011, X celebrated the 31st anniversary of the legendary album, Los Angeles, and the re-release of their landmark award winning rock-umentary, X: The Unheard Music.  In August of last year, X performed as part of the Pershing Square live summer concert series before a crowd of more than  7,500, the most popular show the series has ever produced.