PICS: X, Violent Femmes at Humphreys

Influential '80s rock groups X and Violent Femmes treated Humphreys Concerts by the Bay to a rock doubleheader recently.

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The May 5 show was just one of nine that the two influential '80s bands plotted together for May. They wrapped up the co-headlining tour on May 17 in St. Louis. (X's Exene Cervenka pictured)
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Violent Femmes (frontman Gordon Gano pictured) are dropping a new album titled "Hotel Last Resort" later this year!
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The tour was a celebration of sorts for X as they announced earlier this year that they'd be reissuing their first four albums on vinyl -- starting with their seminal debut LP, "Los Angeles," in February. (X bassist John Doe pictured)
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After all these years, the iconic punk rock group -- which got its start in 1977 in LA -- is still comprised of Cervenka, Doe and guitarist Billy Zoom (pictured).
In 2018, the band released "X: Live in Latin America" via a Kickstarter campaign, to coincide with their 40th anniversary. The album was recorded during a 2011 tour where X was the opening band for Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam's sound engineer made the recordings, and presented them to X at the end of the tour. (Cervenka pictured)
X released seven studio albums from 1980 to 1993. After a period of inactivity during the mid- to late-1990s, the band reunited in the early 2000s, and still frequently tours. (Doe pictured)
In 2003, X's first two studio albums, "Los Angeles" and "Wild Gift," were ranked by Rolling Stone as being among the 500 greatest albums of all time. "Los Angeles" was also ranked 91st on Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1980s. The band received an Official Certificate of Recognition from the city of Los Angeles in acknowledgment of its contribution to LA music and culture. (Cervenka pictured)
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Violent Femmes originally hail from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and got their start in 1980. The band consists of singer, guitarist and songwriter Gordon Gano (pictured middle), bassist Brian Ritchie, and current drummer John Sparrow (pictured right).
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The group has released nine studio albums and 15 singles during the course of their career -- which got off the ground immediately upon the release of their self-titled debut album in early 1983. (Gano pictured)
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Featuring many of their well-known songs, including "Blister in the Sun," "Kiss Off," "Add It Up" and "Gone Daddy Gone," the album became the band's biggest-selling album and was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA. (Ritchie pictured)
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Violent Femmes went on to become one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the 1980s, selling more than 9 million albums by 2005. In 2009 though, when they went on hiatus until 2013. (Sparrow pictured)
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The group released "We Can Do Anything" in 2016, their first studio album in 16 years, and have seemingly been on the road ever since. With a new record on the way this year, we can only hope that they return soon! (Ritchie pictured)
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