Win Tickets ($70): X The Band @ Crystal Ballroom | Rock, Punk Rock

We are giving you another chance to win pair of tickets to X The Band @ Crystal Ballroom on December 28. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, December 22.


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December 28, 2017
7:45 p.m. doors, 8:45 p.m. show | $30 ADV, $35 Doors | All Ages
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Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Three decades after the inception of X, one thing is clear: X was not only one of the most influential bands to crash out of the punk movement of the late ‘ 70s, but the band’ s music continues to be sonically groundbreaking today. Songs written during the group’ s inception are as relevant and inventive today as they were in 1977.

The fact is, no one sounds like X and no one ever will.

It’s not surprising when you consider the group’ s unique beginnings, which can only be attributed to fate. On the same day with nearly the exact same wording, two want-ads appear in a local music rag. One was sent in by a guitarist named Billy Zoom, the other by bassist who called himself John Doe.

Zoom, a rockabilly rebel who’ d performed with Gene Vincent, had read a negative review of a band called the Ramones. It said they only played three chords and they played ‘ em too fast. So naturally, he went to see them. The show was at the Golden West Ballroom in the L.A. suburb of Norwalk in early ‘ 77, and as soon as the Ramones started to perform, Zoom realized that, musically, he’ d found exactly what he wanted to do with his life.

Doe, who was originally from the Baltimore area, was already down with the East Coast CBGB’ s scene and by the time the two got in the same room together after responding to each other’ s ads, it seemed it was meant to be. They performed a few shows with various drummers before a poet with no ambition of being a singer would enter the picture.

Doe found her in Venice Beach, at a poetry reading. He liked her poems so much he offered to perform them in his band. The poet, Exene Cervenka, had just moved to town from Florida and she told him, no offense, but if anyone was gonna perform her poems, it would be her, and she soon ended up in the band. Zoom was skeptical about someone’ s girlfriend being in the band. After they did their first show with Exene, he didn’ t know exactly what it was she had, but he knew it was magic.

After a succession of drummers, Doe was at the underground punk club the Masque in Hollywood one night, checking out a band called the Eyes, which featured a pre-Go-Go’ s bass player named Charlotte Caffey. He called Zoom immediately and said he’ d found their drummer. Doe told him he played with a parade snare and hit it hard as a hammer. Zoom told him to promise him anything. His name was D.J. Bonebrake and he quickly signed on. The band was now complete, and X would soon emerge from the young punk scene as one of its most successful offspring.

The band’ s early albums, Los Angeles (1980), produced by Ray Manzarek of the Doors, Wild Gift (1981), and Under the Big Black Sun (1982) explored dark love and an even darker L.A. with the unflinching eye of a Raymond Chandler novel. Doe and Cervenka would marry and later divorce, but they’ d always remain soulmates. As they released each ensuing album, More Fun in theNew World(1983) and Ain’t Love Grand (1985), the band continued to grow sonically and politically, fearlessly mixing genres without ever losing its center. As each member went on to explore diverse careers-careers that included acting, art, writing, producing and multiple side projects.”

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30 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): X The Band @ Crystal Ballroom | Rock, Punk Rock

  1. John December 5, 2017 at 12:15 am #

    Another chance to see ‘X’ is always good.

  2. Michael December 5, 2017 at 3:09 am #

    I have been a fan of X since a friend played their “Los Angeles” Cassette for me back in the early 80’s. I have never heard a band like them ever. I don’t know how many more chances we have left to see them but I would sure love to see this legendary band at a legendary Portland venue. PDXPIPELINE please set me up with tickets.

  3. Josh G December 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

    Billy Zoom plays while never looking at his hands

  4. Don Tidwell December 5, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    the grandparents of punk rock

  5. CHRIS December 5, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

    Awesome X band

  6. Michael Duey December 5, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

    I love X! Another chance is a great thing!

  7. rya December 5, 2017 at 2:20 pm #


  8. bella December 5, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

    Always great to see them live :)

  9. Tim Poundstone December 5, 2017 at 6:02 pm #

    Because early LA punk is under appreciated and I want to spend an evening with one of the best!!!

  10. Jim December 5, 2017 at 7:12 pm #

    I got to see X in ’84, I’m due for a revisit!

  11. Jennifer December 5, 2017 at 9:49 pm #

    Tickets to the show would be AMAZING!…… PICK ME, PiCK ME!

  12. Jennifer December 5, 2017 at 9:50 pm #

    Tickets to the show would be AMAZING!…… PLEASE PICK ME, PiCK ME!

  13. Mathew Trono December 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    I am a huge fan, really want to see them! Let’s get the pit going

  14. Dan December 6, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    A must have. What a holiday gift this would be if I was able to get tickets

  15. Mike December 6, 2017 at 7:34 pm #

    I have loved the music of X for years and have never heard a band like them ever. They are so unique. It would be so awesome to end this crappy year in a big way by seeing them live at The Crystal Ballroom. I promise I will be right in front of Billy Zoom all night rockin’ hard.

  16. Rae December 7, 2017 at 9:15 pm #

    I have a steep learning curve when it comes to punk music. I’m seeing a man who is well versed and practiced; I would love to surprise him with tickets. I think we would have an amazing night…

  17. Frank Byers December 8, 2017 at 9:27 am #

    Because I want to share the knowledge.

  18. Lauren December 8, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

    I’d love a chance to be young again. Miss being infatuated with x

  19. Emily December 9, 2017 at 11:58 am #

    I would ABSOLUTELY be ecstatic if i got to see X! i ALWAYS MISS them everytime they come to town; as a native Portlander I am also ashamed to say i have never been to the crystal ballroom. i could get 2 birds stoned at once amd check both those off my bucket list :)

  20. Wynand Van Emmerik December 10, 2017 at 10:12 pm #

    would love to see X at the Crystal!

  21. Alex December 12, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

    X is my girlfriends favorite band and we are struggling with bills this month so these tickets would be an amazing surprise! Instead of being bummed we can lay around listening to Los Angeles stoked on Christmas.

  22. Susan M Brodesser December 13, 2017 at 10:13 pm #

    Would loved to see these guys. Grew up in this era

  23. David Butters December 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

    Definitely a favorite! We’d really love to go!!! Winning tickets would be so awesome

  24. Heidi December 19, 2017 at 1:12 pm #

    I would love to go!

  25. Bob MacKay December 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

    The name’s Doe, John Doe… (and Billy Zoom! Hot Damn!)

  26. Kate December 20, 2017 at 5:38 am #

    Would love to take my husband, he’s a big fan and seen them a few times!

  27. Monica December 21, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

    Love X, thanks!

  28. Kimi December 21, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

    I’ve always loved this band.

  29. William Longnecker December 21, 2017 at 4:05 pm #

    Oh my! This would be Xcellent!!!

  30. Melany Hughes December 22, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

    This definitely will be an awesome way to finish up the year, o would love to be a part of it!

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