In 1789 the French had finally had enough of absolutism in the form of the monarchy driven government and vented their collective spleen by storming the Bastille.
In 1977 the people of Australia were in the same kind of mood. Ian Rilen, Steve Lucas, Ian Krahe & Steve Cafiero – conspirators all – would meet in a basement in Glebe and plot rebellion. They called themselves X and plastered Sydney with the bold red Xs, slashed over the mastheads and pages of Sydney’s newspapers alerting like-minded people where they could gather and revel in anarchy and chaos.
40 years later, X is calling out to the people again to be seen in the streets. Raise your voices and unite! Pub rock lives and the punk ethic is alive and kicking.
The X-CITATIONS Australia wide tour begins at the Prince of Wales in St Kilda, be there…
After releasing their debut album, X-Aspirations, in 1980 they cemented their legacy on the Australian music scene then promptly disbanded. Being featured in the 100 Best Australian albums is testament to that record that made them a household name and influenced every guitar wielding maniac to grace a pub stage.
“The first three songs ever played by You Am I were co-written by this guy (Steve Lucas)” – Tim Rogers
With reformations and reunited lineups and tours, X have never been too far from a stage in the last 40 years, but last remaining living member, Steve Lucas, has brought something X-tra special with him this time. A very limited edition vinyl collectors release called X-CITATIONS: BEST OF X. THE EARLY YEARS 1977-82. And though it’s a mouthful it tells you everything you need to know. Hand-picked and lovingly put together by Lucas himself, this tour will bring the old rockers out from their hiding and show new fans what all the fuss was about.
Lucas has called upon Kim Volkman (Love Addicts), and Doug Falconer (Hunters and Collectors) to join him to deliver the best of X. Not just the music – not just the songs, but the intent!
To stand against all odds and naysayers and to play pure and simple Rock and Roll… and have fucking great time doing it.
This incredible nod to their dedicated fans kicks off mid July at their home – The Prince of Wales.
X- Citations 40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Friday JULY 14 – Prince of Wales – Melbourne Tix
Friday JULY 21 – Factory Theatre – Sydney Tix
Saturday JULY 22 – Transit Bar – Canberra Tix
Saturday JULY 29 – The Triffid – Brisbane Tix
Thursday AUGUST 3 – Mojo’s – Fremantle Tix
Friday AUGUST 4 – Rosemount Hotel – Perth Tix
Saturday AUGUST 5 – The Gov – Adelaide Tix
Tickets go on sale Wednesday 31st June through venue websites.