The original lineup of X, which does 20 to 70 shows a years, has concentrated exclusively on songs from the first five X albums but is now contemplating its first album of new songs since 1993.
He now finds himself wrestling with questions such as: Can I write new songs for X without sounding like an imitation of my younger self? How can I use older styles on my solo albums without being trapped by them? How much history do I let in and how much do I keep out?
The band's last studio full length was 1993's Hey Zeus!. Since then, the band delivered a live album (Unclogged), a double-disc anthology titled Beyond and Back and their 2004 hits compilation, The Best: Make the Music Go Bang!.