Much like the Damned (who will perform Damned Damned Damned and The Black Album on their upcoming tour), legendary punk band X will perform all of Los Angeles at some upcoming shows. They'll also host a screening of the classic documentary The Unheard Music when they hit Irving Plaza in NYC on September 30th and October 1st. Tickets for both shows, also available as a 2-day pass, went on Live Nation / Mobile App / Music Geeks presale today (6/14). General sale begins Friday.
Speaking of Los Angeles, the LA band is currently on tour in California where they're playing with the entire original lineup. That includes Exene who announced she was suffering from MS in 2009. That may be partly be because....
Nearly two years later, she reports that she may have been misdiagnosed.Well, that's great news!
"My doctor doesn't think I have MS anymore. He thought I had a virus, like a killer virus, then he decided I don't have that either. All I do is get tested - blood tests all the time. I go to a different doctor and they tell you something different, go to another one and they'll tell you something different. I've had so many doctors tell me I have MS, then some say I don't ... I don't even care anymore."
Yet she believes her diagnosis was a godsend: "I learned so much about people that are sick, people that are generous, people that share, people that give you advice, people that care about you and love you. It changed my life completely," she says.
"It made me a better person, made me take care of myself, whether I'm sick or I'm not. I've learned that everyone is sick with something. Our immune systems are failing, especially women. I know so many women with fibromyalgia, lupus, MS, cancer -- breast cancer, primarily -- chronic fatigue syndrome, depression ... we're falling apart. We can't do the work of five people."
Cervenka takes vitamins every day, exercises, keeps busy and spends time with her companion Minnie, a four-year-old miniature pincher. She's known she's been sick for a long time, she admits, but given the runaround so many receive from the medical community, she simply tries to tend to herself and not think about it.
"I've taken care of myself my whole life or I wouldn't be alive now. Look at the people who were in the early punk scene or the L.A. scene -- so many have passed away. A lot of that was misfortune and accidents, and some of it was just youth, suicide and drugs. The people that are around now that I've grown up with, we take pretty good care of ourselves. I mean we'll go out and have a drink or smoke a cigarette, but we take our vitamins." [OC Register]
John Doe also has some upcoming solo dates, many of which are with Jill Sobule who he's been recording with.
"A Day at the Pass finally captures an ongoing collaboration between Jill Sobule & John Doe. It was funded entirely by their fans & w/ an all-star band, recorded live at The Pass studio on one fine day in Los Angeles.You can listen to the CD with all tour dates, below...
It's available now as a digital download while a CD version, featuring 2 extra tracks, will be sold exclusively as part of Record Store Day beginning April 16th.
Included in both releases, for the hell of it, is a new garagey rockin' version of the "original" I Kissed a Girl."
X - Los Angeles (music video)
X: The Unheard Music (clip)
X - 2011 TOUR DATES
June 15 The Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA
June 16 The Uptown Theatre - Napa, CA
June 17 The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
June 18 The Johnny Cash Festival - Ventura County Fairgrounds - Ventura, CA
Sept 30 Irving Plaza NY, NY
Oct 1 Irving Plaza NY, NY
John Doe -- 2011 Tour Dates
July 02, 2011 Silverado CA Oak Canyon Ranch
July 07, 2011 San Juan Cap, CA The Coach House (with Jill Sobule)
July 08 / 09, 2011 Los Angeles CA McCabes Guitar Shop (with Jill Sobule)
July 10, 2011 San Francisco CA Private Event
July 11, 2011 San Francisco CA Cafe du Nord (with Jill Sobule)
July 13, 2011 Seattle WA Tractor Tavern (with Jill Sobule)
July 14, 2011 Portland OR Alberta Rose Theatre (with Jill Sobule)
Sept. 03 / 04, 2011 East Troy WI Pearl Jam Twenty (with Pearl Jam, etc.)
Sept. 18, 2011 Whittier CA Whittier College / Shannon Center