There are a couple reasons Los Angeles punk rock veterans X decided to stage a 31st anniversary tour this year.
Bassist-singer John Doe says that one of them is that 31 “is the mirror reflection of 13, which is a number we’ve used over and over again.” But that’s not the whole story.
“Well, we couldn’t quite pull it off for the 30th anniversary,” says Doe, (ne Duchac) 54. “We wanted to have a little more planning.”
The current jaunt does bring together the group’s original lineup, which also includes singer and Doe’s ex-wife Exene Cervenka, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer DJ Bonebrake. The band sounds hot and the reception has been rapturous, which begs the question of new material. But Doe, who also works as a solo artist and an actor (“CSI Miami,” “Law & Order,” “Bug,” “Salvador”), isn’t guaranteeing anything yet.
“Exene and I are talking about trying to write some X songs,” he says. “We’re going to take it a step at a time, see how this (tour) goes, and if we’re all enjoying ourselves and feeling creative, then we’ll continue.
“It is a little bit of a daunting adventure. It’s like, ‘Alright, you’ve got to write X songs like you did 20 years ago, 30 years ago.’ ‘Huh?’ ‘OK ... let’s see how this goes ...’ But I think if you direct whatever creativity you have towards a certain project, you’ll come up with something. You just have to decide if it’s good enough.”
X and the Detroit Cobras perform Thursday (May 15) at the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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