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'Make Acid Great Again' Tour

Lords of Acid 'Make Acid Great Again' Tour wsg/ Praga Khan

Magic Bag Theater, Ferndale MI
May 21, 2024

I've seen the Lords of Acid officially three times now, along with Praga Khan, and this show was the absolute bomb! The energy was electric, and the show was a bombastic visual overload amped up to #11! Each time I have seen them has been with a different lead singer, but that really doesn't matter when the iconic songs remain the same. Miss Gigi , on vocals, brought her own sexually charged stage presence and the rest of the boys whipped the crowd into a frenzy for the entire balls-to-the-wall performance. The only disappointment, and this is by no means a slam against the the show, just a reality, is Praga Khan had overdone it in previous shows and his voice was in no shape to be performing as the opening act; filling in for him was the equally iconic Oliver Adams on drums and vocals. A foundational member and musical partner of Praga's for 30+ years, this was indeed an interesting twist of the tale. 

Making up the Lords for this tour was Gigi Ricci on vocals, Praga Khan, Galen Waling on drums, DieTrich Thrall on Bass, and Creighton Emrick on Guitar.

Thank you Maurice, Tom and Magic Bag for photo access.

Images © Brett J Lawrence 2024


~X~ THE END IS NEAR 2024 Tour Starts June 24, 2024 Performing New Music




(Los Angeles, CA) – May 14, 2024 - The iconic punk rock band, X, announce plans for a summer into fall tour where they will continue to play new music they’ve been working on for a future Fat Possum album release, along with your favorites, of course. Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake launch their 2024 tour on June 24th with a hometown fan celebration show at Hollywood’s The Troubadour (which sold out in the first hour!). The tour will continue on July 6 in Kansas City through July 28th at the OC Fair. More dates to be announced shortly.  Tickets for this July run will be on sale Friday, May 17th with a pre-sale beginning Wednesday, May 15th @ 10:00 am local (code: x1977).

Photo credit: Kristy Benjamin
“X ~ The End is Near” Tour
June 24, 2024 West Hollywood CA The Troubadour SOLD OUT!
July 06, 2024 Kansas City MO The Uptown
July 07, 2024 Omaha NE The Waiting Room
July 09, 2024 St. Louis MO Del Mar Hall
July 10, 2024 Milwaukee WI Turner Hall
July 12, 2024 Minneapolis MN The Varsity
July 13, 2024 Chicago IL Square Roots Festival
July 14, 2024 Chicago IL Fitzgerald
July 16, 2024 Detroit MI The Masonic
July 17, 2024 Kent OH The Kent Stage
July 19, 2024 Indianapolis IN The Vogue
July 28, 2024 Costa Mesa CA Pacific Amphitheatre
More dates TBA




About X:
Formed in 1977, X quickly established themselves as one of the best bands in the first wave of LA's flourishing punk scene; becoming legendary leaders of a punk generation. Featuring vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer DJ Bonebrake, their debut 45 was released on the seminal Dangerhouse label in 1978, followed by seven studio albums released from 1980-1993. Over the years, the band has released several critically acclaimed albums, topped the musical charts with regularity and performed their iconic hits on top television shows such as Letterman and American Bandstand. X’s first two studio albums, Los Angeles and Wild Gift are ranked by Rolling Stone among the top 500 greatest albums of all time.  The band continues to tour with the original line-up fully intact. In 2017, the band celebrated their 40
th year anniversary in music with a Grammy Museum exhibit opening, a Proclamation from the City of Los Angeles and being honored at a Los Angeles Dodgers game where Exene threw out the first pitch and John Doe sang the National Anthem. In 2019 X reissued and remastered their first four classic albums via their collaboration with Fat Possum Records. Los Angeles (1980), Wild Gift (1981), Under The Big Black Sun (1982) and More Fun In The New World (1983). In 2020, X celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Los Angeles and celebrated with a surprise release of Alphabetland, their first new studio album, featuring the original line-up, in 35 years.


THE ALARM Pays Homage to MUSIC TELEVISION with Album & Tour




New Album Features Reimaginings of Classics
By The Buggles, Modern English, INXS and More

First Single/Video David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World”
More Dates Added to Live Today Love Tomorrow MMXXIV U.S.
feat. The Alarm, Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel and Belouis Some
The Alarm "The Man Who Sold The World"

MARCH 25, 2024 (Wales, UK) – “A.I. killed the rock and roll star,” sing Welsh alt-rock icons THE ALARM as they prepare for the release of brand new album MUSIC TELEVISION, a technicolor homage to the video explosion of the 1980s through a reinterpreted collection of MTV channel classics. Music Television will only be available on vinyl and CD at venues throughout the Live Today Love Tomorrow tour (info below) or online at

Inspired by David Bowie’s 1973 album of glam-proto-punk cover versions Pin Ups, Music Television by The Alarm will step back into the future reinterpreting songs from some of rock’s most influential and defining moments in visual music. “The Alarm came of age in the MTV era” continues Peters, “So many of our longstanding fans grew up on MTV and saw The Alarm for the first time on MTV’s The Cutting Edge or via the historic ‘Spirit Of ‘’86 Live Global Broadcast’ concert, and have stayed with us ever since,”

Featuring 11 tracks celebrating both influential and underrated artists from Generation MTV that changed and influenced the lives of so many, the first single from Music Television is a psychedelic David Bowie-inspired / Nirvana-influenced acoustic cover of “The Man Who Sold The World.” which Peters attributes to his fascination with the groundbreaking MTV Unplugged acoustic performance series. “Unplugged was a series that redefined music as we knew it,” he says. “I remember watching in awe at some of the incredible stripped-down arrangements of classic songs and, at the same time envious that I had been denied the opportunity to appear on the show back in the day. [The Alarm appeared in the series’ first season but without Peters]. This is my chance to take back part of music television history and pay my respects to an era that changed everything.”

album art (hi-res)
  1. Money For Nothing (Dire Straits)
  2. Video Killed The Radio Star (The Buggles)
  3. Live Today Love Tomorrow (The Blow Monkeys)
  4. Imagination (Belouis Some)
  5. Beat It (Michael Jackson)
  1. Don’t Change (INXS)
  2. In The Air Tonight (Phil Collins)
  3. I Melt With You (Modern English)
  4. Screaming For Emmalene (Gene Loves Jezebel)
  5. The Man Who Sold The World (David Bowie)
  6. MTV Theme

Music Television kicks off with a reimagining of the first ever song to be played on MTV back in 1981 – The Buggles “Video Killed The Radio Star” with a subtle lyric change that reflects the threat of A.I. and new technology on rock and roll as we now know it. Dire Straits MTV anthem “Money For Nothing” (the first song to be played on MTV Europe in 1987), is re-modeled into a garage rock harmonica-driven anthem in the electro-acoustic style of Neil Young’s Crazy Horse. Among other songs getting re-imaginings include INXS’ “Don’t Change,” The Blow Monkeys’ “Live Today Love Tomorrow,” Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” and Modern English’s classic “I Melt With You” (full track listing below).

A redrawing of Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” embraces the original’s spacious atmospherics and injects raw electronic blues into the mix, centering it on Peters’ iconic vocals. “I was walking with my guitar in NYC’s Central Park when I came across a busker playing a stripped-back minor key version on a beat-up old guitar and I joined in,” recalls Peters about his chance encounter in 2023. “It was truly amazing to hear a song so familiar in unfamiliar surroundings. I asked him where he first heard the song, and he said ‘MTV, Man!’ and that gave me the inspiration for this version of the track.”

As an honor to their Live Today Love Tomorrow MMXXIV tour mates Belouis Some and Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel (both of whom had sizeable success across the MTV and US Radio Networks back in the mid-’80s), The Alarm pays tribute with covers of “Imagination” (that caused huge controversy at MTV with the first-ever full-naked video directed by Storm Thorgerson) and “Screaming For Emmalene” respectively.

Mike Peters of The Alarm
photo credit: Jules Peters (hi res)

The tour, which was announced earlier this year, has been extended coast to coast, with over 30 shows starting in New Orleans on May 1st and continuing through to July when the tour reaches Florida. The Alarm also features on the bill of the massive Cruel World Festival in California on May 11th, alongside Duran Duran, Simple Minds, Placebo and Interpol.

Music Television by The Alarm will be released as a Limited Edition Yellow / Purple Vinyl press exclusively via the band’s website, and on CD at all US venues throughout the Live Today Love Tomorrow Tour

*   The Alarm only
**   The Alarm / Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel only
 May 01New Orleans, LAHouse of Blues
 May 02Austin, TXEmo's
 May 03Houston, TXHouse of Blues
 May 04Ft. Worth, TXTannahill's
 May 07Kansas City, MOKnuckleheads
 May 08Minneapolis, MNTBA
 May 09Chicago, ILDes Plaines Theatre
 May 10Detroit, MIMagic Bag
 May 11Los Angeles. CACruel World *
 May 12Pittsburgh, PAJergels
 May 13Toronto, ONEl  Mocambo
 May 14Buffalo, NYAsbury Hall
 May 15Cleveland, OHTemple Live @ Masonic
 May 16Asbury Park, NJAsbury Lanes
 May 17Philadelphia, PAColonial Theater [Phoenixville)
 May 18Falls Church, VAState Theater
 May 19Richmond, VAThe National
 May 22Huntington, NYParamount
 May 23Pawling, NYDaryl's House **
 May 24New York, NYIrving Plaza
 May 25Salisbury, MABlue Ocean Music Hall
 May 26New Haven, CTToad's Place
 May 29Boston, MABrighton Music Hall

 June 18Seattle, WAAPEX Art and Cultural Center
 June 20San Francisco, CABimbos 365
 June 21Sacramento, CAAce of Spades
 June 25Denver, COOriental Theater
 June 28Louisville, KYMercury Ballroom 
 July 03West Palm Beach, FLRespectable Street
 July 05Mt Dora / Orlando, FLMt. Dora Music Hall
 July 06Clearwater, FLCapitol Theater


True Devil - 'The Summoning' Launch Party


MOTORCITYBLOG was invited to an exclusive invite-only Launch Party for
TRUE DEVIL, the brand new hard rock Detroit band featuring:
 Mark Stebleton on Vox, Brent Hall - Guitar, Dave Seymour - Guitar,
Dana Forrester - Bass, and James Trunko - Drums

Sponsored by Planted Provisioning and hosted by the cool as hell High Dive Club in Hamtramck,
this one-night-only incarnation of The Hellfire Club was a dark celebration of true Detroit rock and roll.

With VJ Strokenfold on the decks all night, and performances by Jennabelle Wingless, the evening felt like a perfectly intimate night out with your Friends that just happened to be at a packed
bar celebrating a new band. All the whos who was present throwing their devil horns in the air
as Stebleton's deep dark voice cracked the ceiling.

Thank you, Dana, for the invite and for the killer party!