No, you haven't stepped in some time warp back to Los Angeles in the late '70s: Fear's Lee Ving and X's Exene Cervenka will be performing at Deluxe on Saturday, April 4. Not together, mind you; Cervenka will have a full band (members TBA), and Ving's performance is solo. Mike Leahy and Deano of 7 Shot Screamers are also on the bill, doing some stripped-back stuff. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 the day of, although it goes without saying that you should buy in advance. (How to do this is TBA; check back here.)
"What will Ving be playing?" I wondered last night -- a valid question, since he's versatile and has a bitching voice. Wikipedia says he's done some outlaw country tunes, so I'd imagine some of these will surface. Check out the range in an appearance on Famehere. (His starring turn as an actor in Dudes is also on YouTube, in full.) Fear's recent gigs show the same piss-and-vinegar of the olden days, so I wouldn't be surprised to hear classics like "I Love Living in the CIty," "I Don't Care About You" or "Let's Have a War."
Of course, then there's this 1984 gem of Ving and Tom Scott on the Alan Thicke show Thicke of the Night. Scott totally co-wrote the Family Ties theme song. Which is maybe why it sounds so righteously smooth-jammy.
And then there's the infamous Fear KSHE ad, which deserves a re-post.