From 1977’s high-energy entrée Damned Damned Damned, via the riotous variety of Machine Gun Etiquette, to the macabre psychedelia of 1985’s Phantasmagoria and their latest release Evil Spirits, The Damned have never stayed in one place for long. Colourful, anarchic, yet propelled by an indefatigably urgent creative motor, they’ve evolved and expanded their remit with every phase, to become one of the top-flight UK groups of any era.
Four decades after the inception of X, comprised of original members John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake, 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.
By day, Jim Heath is a mild-mannered musical historian well-versed in the birthing days of rock and roll. But when the sun goes down, he straps on his signature Gretsch 6120, steps up to the mike and is transformed into Reverend Horton Heat, a hellfire-spewing, rock and roll dare-demon.
Concert tickets include admission to the OC Fair.