The iconic punk band X will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the album, “Los Angeles,” with a special show at the Wiltern Theater on April 25 and go on tour with the Violent Femmes the following month, it was announced Tuesday.
The Ray Manzarek produced album, originally released on April 26, 1980, will be performed in its entirety during the Wiltern show.
X will hit the road with the Violent Femmes beginning May 28, with stops in the Midwest, Toronto and the East Coast, winding up on June 10 in New York City.
In 2019, X remastered and reissued the band’s “Los Angeles” album, along with “Wild Gift” (1981), “Under The Big Black Sun” (1982) and “More Fun In The New World” (1983).
The band recently went into a recording studio for the first time since 1984 to record a collection of original songs. Release plans are pending.
Formed in 1977, X was one of the best-known bands in the first wave of L.A.’s flourishing punk scene. Featuring vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer DJ Bonebrake, their debut 45 was released on the Dangerhouse label in 1978, followed by seven studio albums released from 1980-1993.
In 2017, the band celebrated its 40th anniversary in music with a Grammy Museum exhibit opening, a proclamation from the City of Los Angeles and a special ceremony at a Los Angeles Dodgers game, where Cervenka threw out the first pitch and Doe sang the National Anthem.