John Doe and Exene Cervenka
X, one of the best bands to come out of California music scene in the ‘70s, embarks on the "Los Angeles Tour" celebrating the 31st anniversary of the album that launched the band’s career. The tour hits the Irving Plaza Friday and Saturday.
Since 1977, the L.A. punk standouts, made up Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake, have consistently toured -- whether as X, or their side project coutry-punk band, the Knitters -- even through other creative endeavors like Doe’s acting gigs, and Cervenka’s highly praised collage artwork.
Despite Cervenka’s 2009 multiple sclerosis diagnosis, the band ventured playing at SXSW and other music festivals. Though in a recent interview with the OC Register, Cervenka now says she was misdiagnosed. “I’ve had so many doctors tell me I have MS, then some say I don’t … I don’t even care anymore.”
So how does a band continue to persevere more than 30 years of continuous touring, let alone not break up?
Zoom states on the bands website “The secret to a long term career is to never make enough to retire.”