...randomness surrounding Guided by Voices, Robert Pollard, and other great indie rock bands; a quasi objective look at "my" sporting teams; the random horror film; plus other crap as we see fit...all with a Pittsburgh based feel.

Friday, May 30, 2008

X at the Rex Theatre

Eluded to this show we saw last Friday, but we've been a little too preoccupied with hockey the last couple months. Actually, John Doe acknowledged the Stanley Cup Finals (which started a day later), and was jokingly thankful it didn't start the same night of the show.

Incredible! Absolutely incredible punk rawkin times. As I said, Jess called it the best non-GBV show she'd ever seen. I'd have to think long and hard about that...but it may not be too far off.

The entire original line-up...Exene, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake in all their glory. I literally got goose bumps.

The lights had come on at the end of the show, and they graciously came back for a second encore as half the people in attendance were already filing out of the Rex.

Seems like more often than not, when going to one of these reunion-type tours, the band appears to be going through the motions (Gang of Four at Mr. Small's rings a bell). But these guys were having a lot of fun (well...Billy Zoom always looks like he's having fun). Just an observation that seemed refreshing.

Pretty decent crowd on hand, but dammit I wish the Rex would advertise their shows a bit better.

Pix are tough to come by at the Rex...it's a rather dark place, and we started the night fairly far back from the stage. But as the night progressed, we made our way a bit closer and snapped off a few...

X at the Rex

X at the Rex

John Doe

A few more here

by the end of the night, it was time to clog some arteries with a Yinzer from Southside Steaks. Highly recommended.

And I swear...this was not a lame ass attempt to be cool, but a simple wardrobe malfunction on my part to start the night. Exhausting Stanley Cup preps really got the best of me this week...

Here's some X video from the 1981 documentary The Decline of Western Civilization, doing "We're Desperate"...

Here's a classic, perhaps the 1st X tune I remember air-bassing to as a kid...

(left click to play; right click to download)

:: X - Los Angeles ::

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