Being an oldster myself, I'm a sucker for old rock stars recapturing their youth and going back out on tour. Thomas Dolby and The Dwarves both made stops in Boise and rocked their orthopedic socks off ... makes me feel all warm and girly inside. So lucky me when I heard that Zolar X would be opening for the Mighty Thor at Neurolux.
The show started well past my bedtime, but I'd washed down a Geritol with a cup of instant coffee so I wouldn't turn into a wrinkled pumpkin until at least midnight. When the trio that is Zolar X took the stage, I ordered a Coke for an additional caffeine jolt, but needn't have bothered. The spectacle on stage was enough to keep me awake in wide-eyed fascination.
Back in 1973, donning platinum blonde pageboy wigs, Spandex spacey suits, antennae and names like Ygarr Ygarrist, Zory Zenith and Zany Zatovian, a group of men claiming to be not of this earth regularly took the stage at famed Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco, and played "glitter rock"--a glam/punk sound in the vein of Ziggy Stardust. They seldom stepped out of character (in public anyway), going so far as to invent their own Zolarian language. Thirty years later and a man or two short, Ygarrist, Jetstar Systems and Eon Flash hit the road, bringing their other-worldly sights and sounds to small venues across the country.
Before Zolar X took the stage at Neurolux, the crowd was informed that a crew was filming the band for an upcoming rockumentary. Whether it was really Zolar's magic or the possibility of seeing themselves immortalized in film, the dance floor was full of grooving bodies right to the end of Zolar X's set. Meeting Ygarrist and Systems briefly after the show, it was clear--up close--that years of living a rock and roll lifestyle had taken a bit of a toll. It was also evident that after all these years, both Ygarrist and Systems still love hearing people tell them how much fun Zolar X shows are.