Exene Cervenka of X has posted a letter–at the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund website–about her friend and musical associate Cindy Wasserman of the band Dead Rock West:

“Cindy Wasserman, the singer you have heard on so many other artists’ recordings, needs your help. Recently diagnosed with breast cancer, Cindy still finished her touring obligations (with her singing partner Frank Drennen in Dead Rock West), opening all the shows X played over the summer and fall. Her captivating presence was felt by all who heard her voice; so warm, haunting, and timeless.  Dead Rock West then toured with Phil and Dave Alvin. All the while, Cindy never let on that she was ill. She wanted the audiences and her fellow tour mates to have a great time, a meaningful time, a joyful time.

Cindy Wasserman is that extremely rare combination of talent, grace, beauty and heart.  She works so hard to make you sound good on your recordings, and she sounds so good you wonder why it’s not you singing the harmony parts on her songs!

All of us in the music community, whether musicians, managers, promoters, singers, songwriters, sound people, everyone, are all grateful to have Cindy in our lives. She is truly loved, not just for her voice, but for the generosity, humor, positivity, and love and caring friendship she gives us. She is a source of a lot of light in this world.  That’s why to know Cindy, is to love Cindy.

Please help Cindy get through a very difficult time by supporting her now.”


Exene Cervenka


Cindy Wasserman Fund:


Exene Cervenka DJ Bonebrake Peter Case Mark Olson Rob Wasserman

Eddie Vedder The Sadies Steve Poltz Joe Henry John Doe Dave Alvin

Rickie Lee Jones Bob Weir Grant Lee Phillips Mike Peters Duane Jarvis

The Young Dubliners Elliot Easton Nels Cline

Singer and sweet light of a human being Cindy Wasserman, a contributor to records by Rickie Lee Jones, Marc Olson, John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Grant Lee Phillips, Peter Case and to her own hard working band Dead Rock West, was diagnosed in August 2015 with Breast Cancer. Anyone who knows or has met Cindy at shows or in private over the years will attest that the first thing they all remember (after marveling at that otherworldly voice of hers) is her infectious smile and warm hearted hugs. Never the rock n roll diva, she has spent her life supporting, encouraging and bringing a little light to other people with her music and her hugs. Now she needs our help.

She is in the early stages of treatment for this disease but her health and healing recovery look very very positive. This has understandably been a shock to her and her family but she has continued to tour hard this year. With over 100 dates with Dead Rock West, John Doe, X and Dave and Phil Alvin this year the shows particularly since August have brought her a whole lot of strength and joy that will contribute to her healing. She has meanwhile been carefully educating herself on her treatment options, meeting with professionals during tour breaks and building up her own body’s strength to prepare to enter treatment as soon as she gets home from her final tour date on Nov 21st.

Her expenses, however, are already mounting and her insurance is not covering much of it. We are asking you, her friends, fans and fellow music lovers, to get involved, contribute what you can and pass the word on to friends and family. Please help bring a little light to this sweethearted songbird for all the music and light that she has brought to us all of these years. Anything small or large helps immensely and we as well as her family and friends are hugely grateful for your support. Cindy herself says thank you so much for the outpouring already and that she is fully committed to a complete recovery and to recording the next Dead Rock West record as planned in 2016, with John Doe in the Producer’s chair this time!

More about Cindy and her music with Dead Rock West:

A compilation of songs from Cindy’s band Dead Rock West and some of her collaborations:

About Sweet Relief in general:

Since 1994 Sweet Relief Musicians Fund has provided assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Grant recipients include recording artists, club and session musicians, composers & songwriters from across the country. Every musical genre is represented including poprockjazzclassicalcountrybluesreggaehip hop and all styles in between. Sweet Relief has served the music community by helping musicians with medical and living expenses including insurance premiums, prescriptions, medical treatment and operative procedures, housing costs, food costs, utilities and other basic necessities.

About Sweet Relief’s Directed Artist Program:

Over the past several years Sweet Relief has developed a much needed and previously unavailable program to assist a substantially under-served constituency. Some artists face such overwhelming financial and personal distress when major illness or injury is coupled with a complete lack of, or grossly under-insured, health plan. In many of these cases, treatment for cancer, brain injury, stroke and MS can accrue expenses reaching several hundred thousands of dollars or more. Our organization takes on the role of organizer, administrator, advocate, event planner, and media partner to bring together family, friends, industry partners and fans when an overwhelming financial obstacle is encountered by the most unfortunate artist. We call this our Directed Artist Program.

For press inquiries about Cindy Wasserman and Dead Rock West, contact:



Mitch Schneider;

Aaron Feterl;

Mike Gowen;

Our Very Own XMas Miracle! Billy Zoom to Play XMas Shows!


Tour Will See the Return of BILLY ZOOM to the Stage Following Cancer Treatment – Our Own “Xmas Miracle”

(Los Angeles – October 2015) X – THE Los Angeles Punk Leaders have announced their annual Holiday “X-Mas” Shows! Beginning with two shows in San Diego the day after Thanksgiving. The band will follow up with four nights at The Roxy in Los Angeles and one more in OC before heading north. Shows are scheduled for San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, ending their holiday tour with a special New Year’s Eve show at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Opening on all dates, except for New Years Eve, will be Mike Watt and the Secondmen.

The BEST news on this year’s annual holiday tour?? Billy Zoom – the legendary guitarist for the seminal punk band, is planning to rejoin his longtime bandmates on stage, following his medical treatment for bladder cancer this past summer. When it was announced that Zoom would be sidelined his summer in order to undergo urgent treatment, his bandmates and X fans rallied around him, raising funds to help support Zoom and his family during the treatment process. Zoom is currently on break from the chemo treatment and ready to bring his infamous Cheshire grin back to stage left, where he belongs!

Formed in 1977, X quickly established themselves as one of the best bands in LA’s flourishing first wave punk scene. Featuring vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer DJ Bonebrake, their debut 45 was released on the seminal Dangerhouse label in 1978. While these songs were later re-recorded for their second album, the versions on Adult Books / We’re Desperate reveal X’s raw talent for totally sincere songwriting and stripped-down rock n’ roll. This past April, the band re-issued that first single, in its original 7-inch format, as limited edition colored vinyl.

The original line-up of X remains John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake.

“A Family X-Mas Tour” with Mike Watt & The Secondmen
Nov 27 Casbah San Diego, CA
Nov 28 Casbah San Diego, CA
Dec 3 The Roxy Los Angeles, CA
Dec 4 The Roxy Los Angeles, CA
Dec 5 The Roxy Los Angeles, CA
Dec 6 The Roxy Los Angeles, CA
Dec 11 The Coach House San Juan Capistrano, CA
Dec 15 The Independent San Francisco, CA
Dec 16 The Independent San Francisco, CA
Dec 18 Showbox Seattle, CA
Dec 19 The Star Theatre Portland, OR
Dec 20 The Star Theatre Portland, OR
Dec 31 The Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA

X Xmas

X-Mas with X! – UPDATED with Ticket Links

Announcing X’s X-Mas schedule

**MIKE WATT confirmed to open for all shows**

>Tickets NOW ON SALE<

Fri/ 11-27


 San Diego  The Casbah

Thu/12-03 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
Fri/12-04 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
Sat/12-05 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
Sun/12-06 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
Fri/12-11 San Juan Capistrano, CA The Coach House
Tue/12-15 San Francisco, CA The Independent
Wed/12-16 San Francisco, CA The Independent
Fri/12-18 Seattle, WA Showbox
Sat/12-19 Portland, OR The Star Theare
Sun/12-20 Portland, OR The Star Theare
Thu/12-31 Agoura Hills, CA The Canyon Club
X Wild Gift

Update: X 2015 “How I Learned My Lesson” Summer tour dates and ticket links

 New date added in MN, Aug 29!

  1. X Album Show / Observatory 4 day pass

  1. Jul 9 Observatory Santa Ana, CA Los Angeles Album

  1. Jul 10 Observatory Santa Ana, CA Wild Gift Album

  1. Jul 11 Observatory Santa Ana, CA Under The Big Black Sun Album

  1. Jul 12 Observatory Santa Ana, CA More Fun in the New World Album

  1. Jul 17 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT

  1. Jul 18 Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA

  1. Jul 19 The State Theatre Falls Church, VA

  1. Jul 22 Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland, OH

Contact venue

  1. Jul 24 The Magic Bag, Ferndale, MI

  1. Jul 26 City Winery, Chicago, IL

  1. Jul 27 City Winery, Chicago, IL

  1. Jul 28 City Winery, Chicago, IL

  1. Jul 30 The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA

  1. Aug 1 City Winery, New York City, NY

  1. Aug 2 City Winery, New York City, NY

  1. Aug 3 City Winery, New York City, NY

  1. Aug 8 Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA

  1. Aug 28 Juneau Park (Sprecher Brewery’s 30th Anniversary), Milwaukee, WI

  1. Aug 29 Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN

  1. Aug 30 Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA

  1. Sep 1 The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS

  1. Sep 2 The Duckroom, St Louis, MO

  1. Sep 4 House of Blues, New Orleans, LA

  1. Sep 5 Saturn, Birmingham, AL

  1. Sep 6 City Winery, Nashville, TN

  1. Sep 8 Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA

  1. Sep 9 Terminal West, Atlanta, GA

  1. Sep 11 Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis, MD

  1. Sep 12 Hopscotch Fest, Raleigh, NC

  1. Sep 19 KAABOO Fest, Del Mar, CA



Zoom Undergoing Chemo for Cancer Will Miss Summer Dates

Texas Guitarist – JESSE DAYTON – To Sit-In for Zoom

(Los Angeles – July 10, 2015)  It was announced yesterday, Billy Zoom – the legendary guitarist for the seminal punk band X will not be joining his bandmates on their July and August dates as he seeks immediate medical treatment for bladder cancer.

Texas guitar player, Jesse Dayton (Waylon Jennings, Supersuckers) will be sitting in for the iconic guitarist temporarily.

Dates beginning on July 17th in Ridgefield, CT and continuing through August 3 in NY at City Winery will feature Dayton stepping in for Billy.  Remaining festival dates in August and September are yet to be determined.

As was previously announced, X, the long-time leaders of the L.A. Punk Scene,  will perform at the KCRW “Sound in Focus” Annenberg Live Series on August 8th with Dwight Yoakam.  The concert is free for all ages; those interested in attending need to RSVP at KCRW.comX have also been confirmed to perform at this year’s Hopscotch festival on September 12th in Raleigh, NC as well as September 19th at the Kaaboo Festival held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA.

Beginning yesterday and continuing through the weekend, X bring their 4-Album Show plays to The Observatory in Orange County with Billy in his original position, trademark Cheshire grin and all.

Formed in 1977, X quickly established themselves as one of the best bands in LA’s flourishing first wave punk scene. Featuring vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer DJ Bonebrake, their debut 45 was released on the seminal Dangerhouse label in 1978. While these songs were later re-recorded for their second album, the versions on Adult Books / We’re Desperate reveal X’s raw talent for totally sincere songwriting and stripped-down rock n’ roll.  This past April, the band re-issued that first single, in its original 7-inch format, as limited edition colored vinyl.

The original line-up of X remains John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake.  Jesse Dayton fills in for Billy Zoom from July 17 – August 3.


Please donate to Support “Billy Zoom’s Kick Cancer’s Butt” Fight by visiting:






(Los Angeles, CA – July 9, 2015)  Legendary guitarist, punk legend, and all-around nice guy, Billy Zoom, has been diagnosed with cancer.   Yesterday, Zoom was given the news that he has an aggressive form of bladder cancer and immediate treatment is necessary to fight the disease.  The 67-year-old musician/producer/electronics wiz will begin chemo treatment next week.

In early 2010, Zoom revealed that he had been successfully treated for prostate cancer.

X and Zoom are committed to this weekend’s 4-album play shows at Orange County’s The Observatory.  Joining X for these shows will be The Blasters and Mike Watt.


X will continue with their previously announced July and August mid-west and east coast tour dates as planned in support of Billy and his family.  A replacement for Zoom will be announced shortly.

X and manager, Mike Rouse, have begun a fund to help Zoom with his upcoming medical costs.

Statement from X: 

In the music community, we all take turns helping each other & have since the beginning. Punk rock and benefits always went hand in hand: you name the cause, and the bands and fans will be there.
Now it’s our turn to help Billy Zoom,
the wittiest, smartest, nicest, best guitar player & friend I know. I would do anything to help him get better, help take care of his family, and lessen his woes. Billy has begun chemo treatment at Cedars Sinai for Bladder cancer. He has a long road ahead of him but we are confident he’s beat cancer once and he’ll do it again!

Please keep Billy in your prayers and send some positive energy his way!
Donating a few bucks will help take away some of his financial stress and worry.
It’s the punk rock thing to do.

Exene, John, DJ, and Mike

Please donate to Support Billy Zoom’s Kick Cancer Fight by visiting: