Posted in music on June 3, 2009

Exene Cervenka @ Bowery Ballroom - May 29, 2009 (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Exene Cervenka


After some months of not feeling 100% healthy, I recently had some medical tests run and the prognosis is that I am suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Apparently, it has been affecting me for quite some time.

Although this is obviously unfortunate news, I am choosing to see the positive in it. I, and X as a band, have supported the Sweet Relief charity since the mid-1990's; the irony of this is not lost on any of us. Sweet Relief was started as an aide to uninsured artists by musician Victoria Williams when she herself was diagnosed with MS in 1992.

While this diagnosis will most certainly mean some changes for me, personally, it will not affect my commitments to the current X U.S. tour, nor will it affect my solo album that is slated for release this fall on Bloodshot Records.

My focus will certainly be on maintaining my health--many people remain strong and continue to live their lives as productively as they had before an MS diagnosis and I plan to be one of those people.

To find out more about Sweet Relief please visit:
To find out more about X please visit:

This sad news comes just after the completion of X's 3-night, fan-driven-setlist, run at Bowery Ballroom in NYC (May 29-31). The above picture comes from Night One. A picture of the the setlist from Night Two, below..




Comments (12)

This is horrible news. Glad she's staying strong and positive. Plus she's got the support of her band and fans. Stay strong.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 1:38 AM

good luck exene. much love to you.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 8:57 AM

That is a shame. Probably my fave band of all time. Great band and amazing people. Good luck Exene.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 9:31 AM

Looking forward to seeing and hearing Exene make music again soon.

Posted by drewo | June 3, 2009 10:43 AM

This is definitely bad news. I hope she can fight through it. X is definitely one of the most enduring bands of the original punk era, both live and on vinyl. I only got to see them once - in 2006 with Rollins Band - but they were amazing. Everyone should definitely go see them on this current tour!

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 10:48 AM

Exene CerMEHka

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 11:13 AM

^^^So pathetically not funny.

Posted by blackhat | June 3, 2009 11:17 AM

meh s. just kidding. this sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 11:24 AM

Kick MS right in the ass, Exene!

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 12:25 PM

What a wonderful perspective she has. Can't wait to see X in concert again! Some of the best live shows I've ever seen!

Posted by Shawn Hill | June 3, 2009 1:14 PM

Sad news but yes, X is one of the best live shows you'll see.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2009 5:10 PM

bad news, but medicine nowadays, I hope, will help her in this sad story!

Posted by Terry | August 6, 2010 9:45 AM

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