Noise to Note! – 140

Noise to Note!

A while back, I saw that one of the great early punk bands was coming into town on their 40th Anniversary Tour. I watched some videos and saw some from several years back and the performances were spotty. Their famous guitarist had to stop touring and they seemed to be not at 100%.

Then I saw a more recent video. I loved what one of the singers was saying about life. I also noticed her weight gain and more negatives were coming into my mind. But at the end, the interviewer took the singer out into a garden area and began to play a song. Her voice was better than ever. In fact, it was impressive.

Then I read some reviews from previous dates and they all said the same thing – This band was firing on all cylinders.

I bought a ticket and did not know any friends who were going.

So I walked into the club alone and within a minute found some old friends. I was stoked!

And the performance?

If I told you I watched a band comprised of 60 year olds and the guitarist had to sit in a chair the whole show time; one would only imagine how awful it was.


They played with an energy that was impossible not to notice. The guitar playing was top-notch and the chemistry was back.

The band was X. Their performance of I See Red was more frantic than the studio version and yet not out of control. It was a performance that 40 years of playing together can only create.

X – I See Red

Sometimes, you just have to take a chance. More than likely, you can deal with whatever happens.


About 1stpeaksteve

The Side Wedge is a product of the journey through life of Steve Zima. Former professional surfer, writer, and Operational Management specialist; this is an eclectic collection of travel tips, surf coaching, and stories from my past. I also spotlight music that moves me and world events. Thanks for reading!
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