X’s Billy Zoom to Return for Holiday Shows After Cancer Treatments
Just last month, the music world got some great news with X guitarist and punk legend Billy Zoom proclaiming he was cancer free. Over the summer it was revealed that Zoom was suffering from bladder cancer and that he was dropping out of the band's touring in order to start treatment. Now comes word that Zoom is set to resume his role in the band.
The group just announced their annual holiday "Family X-Mas" shows and they'll be returning to the stage with Zoom in tow starting Nov. 27 in San Diego. The primarily California-based trek will continue all the way through a New Year's Eve performance at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, Calif. Other stops along the way include Los Angeles, San Juan Capistrano, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland. Mike Watt and the Secondmen will open all dates with the exception of the New Year's Eve performance.
Though told he was cancer free, Zoom stated last month that he would probably continue treatment to some extent. However, the guitarist is currently on break from the chemo treatment and ready to bring his infamous Cheshire grin back to stage left over the holidays.
X formed in 1977, among the first wave of American punk bands. The original four-piece of Zoom, vocalist Exene Cervenka, co-vocalist and bassist John Doe and drummer DJ Bonebrake, will all be part of these upcoming dates. The band has released seven studio albums, with Hey Zeus being the last to arrive in 1993. However, they have toured consistently in recent years, rocking through such longtime favorites as "Los Angeles," "Burning House of Love" and more. See their tour dates below.
X / Mike Watt and the Secondmen "Family X-Mas" Tour 2015
11/27-28 -- San Diego, Calif. -- Casbah
12/3-6 -- Los Angeles, Calif. -- The Roxy
12/11 -- San Juan Capistrano, Calif. -- Coach House
12/15-16 -- San Francisco, Calif. -- The Independent
12/18 -- Seattle, Wash. -- Showbox
12/19-20 -- Portland, Ore. -- Star Theatre
12/31 -- Agoura Hills, Calif. -- Canyon Club
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