John Doe Returns To His "Thing"

John Doe, best known as the bassist and vocalist for the seminal L.A. punk band X, is preparing to deliver a new album this summer and has mapped out a brief tour in support of it.

Doe and his The John Doe Thing will release their second album, "Freedom Is...," on July 18, and Doe will support it with a tour kicking off on May 10 in New York. Doe will hook up with alt-rocker Juliana Hatfield for a handful of dates near the end of the brief trek.

On "Freedom Is...," Doe once again hooks up with Smokey Hormel and Joey Waronker, who played on The John Doe Thing's 1998 EP "For The Rest Of Us." The new album will also feature appearances by Money Mark, Josh Freese, and X vocalist Exene Cervenka.

Dave Way, who produced "For The Rest Of Us," will once again help out this time around, sharing production duties with Doe.

Doe will first hit the road by himself for a trio of solo acoustic dates in early May and will then meet up with The John Doe

Thing for a couple of dates before opening three shows for Hatfield. The John Doe Thing is expected to play a full U.S. tour this summer. Here's how their schedule looks so far:

  • 5/10 - New York, NY @ Fez (solo acoustic)
  • 5/11 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's (solo acoustic)
  • 5/12 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba's (solo acoustic)
  • 5/20 - Bakersfield, CA @ Jelly's (The John Doe Thing)
  • 5/21 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Yucatan (The John Doe Thing)
  • 6/12 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's (The John Doe Thing w/Juliana Hatfield)
  • 6/13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (The John Doe Thing w/Juliana Hatfield)
  • 6/14 - Tempe, AZ @ Nita's Hideaway (The John Doe Thing w/Juliana Hatfield)