Interview with Billy Zoom | By Charlie Steffens
Los Angeles rockers X kicked off their annual “A Family X-Mas” holiday tour on Friday, November 27, playing for a sell-out crowd at the Casbah in San Diego, California. What made the evening even more special for X and their fans was guitarist Billy Zoom’s return to the stage after being treated for cancer.
Zoom checked in with New Noise with an update.
It’s really great to hear that you’ll be playing the X-mas shows. Will you be playing all of the dates from the end of November up to New Year’s Eve?
Zoom: Yes, all of them.
Considering the challenges you’ve had recently with your health – I know the readers will be interested to know how it might have affected your view of the music you’ve been playing for so many years. Has your view changed? What is the same?
Zoom: I think it’s heightened my appreciation of my life in general, both at work and at home with my family. I’m trying to take things one day at a time, and to take nothing for granted.
You’ve had a long, celebrated career. How does it feel to be onstage with your band mates after all this time?
Zoom: It feels really good. I was afraid I’d be out of shape, but I’ve been playing well at rehearsals and sound check. I am a little out of shape otherwise because I wasn’t able to get around much for a few months, but I’ve been taking a lot of walks lately. I lost weight too, which is a good thing, although chemo is a tough diet.
There has been a big outpouring of love and support from the community and your fans via social media. Is there anything you’d like to say to them?
Zoom: I really can’t say enough or thank them enough. Their support has made a tremendous difference for myself and my family. I still have a long way to go. I start chemo again right after the first of the year, assuming I pass the doctors inspection and there are no signs of the cancer returning. If all goes well, I’ll be getting regular chemo treatments for the next year and a half, but my chances of beating this are very good.
I’d just like to send a big thank you to all of those who care about me.