Billy Zoom

Discussion in 'Gretsch-Talk Music' started by claypainter, May 11, 2019.

  1. claypainter

    claypainter Electromatic

    Dec 31, 2018
    Katy, TX
    I saw X play tonight at Houston's House of Blues.

    Billy Zoom (their guitarist) = fantastic player, beautiful Gretsch guitar. Great show.

    They opened for Violent Femmes.

    Any Billy Zoom fans?
  2. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    The first four X records are four of the best albums of all time!

    I finally saw them few years ago. They were incredible!

    Billy Zoom rules!
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  3. RocknRollShakeUp

    RocknRollShakeUp Synchromatic

    Jun 20, 2017
    I love X and I love Billy Zoom.

    Is he still rocking the Silver Jet?

    Unfortunately I've never seen them live. I used to live in So. Cal. in the 80s, I graduated high school in 87 from Warren High in Downey :D and I went to a few shows at the old Fender Ballroom in Long Beach. I think X played there a few times at least, if memory serves, but I never got to see them. That was a wild wild place. I'm still recovering from a Black Flag concert I saw there buahaha. Punk RAWK.
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  4. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    He's tall, I'm not. we exchange pleasantries in person every yr. at Namm and argue occasionally about politics on facebook. Been a fan since I was a kid and realized he'd been sitting in w the Blasters aside from X.
    billy zoom and tavo.jpg
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  5. mandobandit

    mandobandit Gretschie

    Apr 1, 2019
    Big fan “X” is in my playlist daily they will be here in Ohio at the Kent State Stage in June it is a Wednesday night and I have church otherwise I’d be going with my drummer
  6. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    X has been one of my favorites for decades now - I've seen them... 8, 9 times maybe? One of the best was an X-mas double bill with The Blasters. The connection between those two bands runs deep. Also, John Doe's solo stuff and their cow-punk offshoot The Knitters (with Dave Alvin). Honestly, the two Knitters records are two of my all-time favorite albums. Just listen to their version of Long Chain On - I swear, it'll practically make you cry. Doe is a seriously underrated vocalist. They don't tour often, but I did manage to see them once about 7 years ago. DJ on washboard and snare! LoL! Great stuff!

    And yes, I bought a 6129-57T Silver Jet with Dynas pretty much thanks to Billy! It's one of my best guitars.
  7. claypainter

    claypainter Electromatic

    Dec 31, 2018
    Katy, TX
    He wasn't playing the silver Jet.

    He was playing this wine-red hollow body Gretsch, as seen in the photo below. (Not my photo- it was found on the interwebs).

    Attached Files:

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  8. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    I’ve only heard a few songs. In a few interviews I watched he seems like a good chap. I don’t frequent the other G Forum often but he used to hang around once and a while.
  9. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Yeah, he has his own forum at TGP and is there frequently..
    Seems like a really nice guy
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  10. dmcintyrelee

    dmcintyrelee Electromatic

    Apr 19, 2019
    Santa Cruz
    John Doe in Roadside Prophets.... with Adam Horovitz.... ALL TIME -- saw X in Fresno in the 80s (didn't even get stabbed!)
  11. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Billeee Zooooom! \m/ \m/
  12. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    “Everybody gets lucky at Jack Pot! Eldorado DUDE!”
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  13. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    X is still playing live!?!?
    Is it the original line up? Still John Doe & Exene Cervenka!?!?!?
    I would have told they disbanded long time ago.

    One of my all-time preferred guitar riff is I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts.
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  14. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Looks like a single cut Gent with Dynas? I think I can see a reflection over the closed f-hole on the bass side
  15. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Still original line-up when I saw them. A few years back they had a replacement for Billy Zoom cuz he was in rough health.
    They played I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts at the show. Awesome!
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  16. MikeSchindler

    MikeSchindler Synchromatic

    Feb 3, 2014
    About 22 years ago got a chance to play with John Doe while he was at my house. They chose my house to film some scenes from a movie he was in as it was a Victorian...the film company was referred to me from the local government at the time. Anyway, great guy...very down to Earth and likable...He played my 66 Gretsch Double Anniversary...just me and him sitting across from each other...of course we did some Beatles amongst other things..I played my 78 Rickenbacker 320... We had another guy who was a local musician they had as an extra..he played on and off with us.They used the Ric in a scene where it hung on a wall behind him.
  17. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    Here, here!
    A big Mr.Zoom fan.
    He’s the reason I bought a Sparkle Jet. I sold it when I realized I couldn’t play like him no matter what :).
    Seriously, he’s been the only rockabilly player that I was listen to in my early punk rock years. I still love his sound guitar>amp with no pedals in between (apart from some occasional tape echo), although it’s always been really hard for me to achieve it because of volume issues.
    He’s a Gretsch master.
  18. claypainter

    claypainter Electromatic

    Dec 31, 2018
    Katy, TX
    Yea man, it was all original, John Doe, Exene, Billy, and DJ Bone Break.

    They played "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts."

    That and "Nausea" were my favorite songs that they performed here in Houston.
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  19. claypainter

    claypainter Electromatic

    Dec 31, 2018
    Katy, TX
    That's wild! What a cool experience. John Doe was killing it during the show. He still has the rockstar image and aggressive performance/vocals.
  20. MikeSchindler

    MikeSchindler Synchromatic

    Feb 3, 2014
    It was very cool that's for sure.. again the first thing that set him apart was how nice and down to Earth he was .. more so than anyone else there from him crew.
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