Sadly, the LA Times blog reported Thursday that legendary punk songstress Exene Cervenka was forced to cancel her current tour due to health problems. In a lengthy statement published on the blog, Cervenka cited her struggles with MS as the driving force behind the decision.
“I am not an invincible road warrior anymore,” Cervenka wrote. “The
easiest part of
touring is the hour onstage. The driving and staying with friends and
finding hotels and advancing the shows and hauling around merch and
guitars is the hard part.”
She added the intense heat she encountered
during her performance at Austin music festival South By Southwest
may have triggered her disease to flare. Cervenka, who fronted seminal
Los Angeles punk band X, has been touring in support of her latest solo
album, The Excitment of Maybe,
a collection of folk and country-hued songs that, though voiced by a punk
veteran, feature stories of love that seem to come from the unguarded
soul of a teenage girl.
Cervenka played some of these songs at Big's
Bar & Grill a few weeks back before hitting the road. The quality
of the work and her dedication to the craft of songrwriting were ever-present. We hope she feels better soon.