X at the Observatory – December 2017
X at the Observatory in Orange County – Saturday, December 23, 2017.
X performed for a sold-out house at the Observatory in Santa Ana. Mike Watt and Meat Puppets opened for X. On the drums, DJ Bonebrake (also drummer for Devil’s Brigade) was showing off his talents as he also played the vibraphone on some songs. John Doe was present on his trademark red bass providing vocals alongside X’s other vocalist Exene Cervenka. Guitarist Billy Zoom (Anaheim, CA resident) was there providing blank stares as he played his “Gretsch” guitar from his perch. The audience was extremely lucky to see the entire band (all original members) performing, especially as Billy was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bladder cancer in 2015 (Billy is currently cancer-free). Billy also played saxophone on some songs.
X played a great set of music, the songs listed below are from the band’s on-stage set list…
- Beyond and Back
- In This House That I Call Home
- Because I Do
- It’s Who You Know
- The Once Over Twice
- Adult Books
- Dancing With Tears
- Come Back To Me
- Poor Girl
- Year One
- Hungry Wolf
- The World’s A Mess; It’s In My Kiss
- Unheard Music
- Bad Thoughts
- Los Angeles
- Your Phone’s Off The Hook, But You’re Not
- Johny Hit & Run
- Motel Room
- Soul Kitchen
- Some Other Time
- Devil Doll
If you haven’t been to the Observatory recently, you need to check it out. They have made several updates to the venue, including an indoor café, upstairs viewing and seating, revamped patio areas, as well as other improvements that make it one of my favorite places to see a show. There is also the Constellation Room for small shows and you can usually catch local bands or smaller up and coming bands before they get too “big-time”.
The Constellation Room featured L.A. Witch with The Mad Walls, Cat Scan, and Mad Alchemy Liquid Lights. The Liquid Lights were pretty cool, they were a psychedelic background for all the bands. It is usually pretty dark in the Constellation Room, so it can be difficult to get any decent images. The Liquid Lights, however, made for some interesting images and I’m sure there were a few people in the audience that were able to enjoy the lights from a purely artistic viewpoint.
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13 Stitches Magazine