Exene Cervenka, frontwoman of legendary punk foursome X, announced her recent diagnosis of multiple sclerosis on Tuesday. Although Cervenka is currently on the road with X on their "Total Request Live" tour and working towards a solo album slated for a fall release, she says the diagnosis will not affect her commitment to either of these projects. "Although this is obviously unfortunate news, I am choosing to see the positive in it," she said via Bloodshot Records' website.
X was the veritable epicenter of the late-'70s Los Angeles punk explosion, along with peers like The Germs, with whom they shared the Slash imprint. Cervenka met X's future co-vocalist/bassist John Doe in 1976, and the two eventually formed the group (and got married). Although the band disintegrated in the late '80s after Doe and Cervenka's divorce, they reformed in 1993, releasing Hey Zeus! and occasionally performing their notoriously frenetic concerts.