Watch X's propulsive, career-spanning performance at Rock the Garden

X perform at Rock the Garden 2019
Exene Cervenka of X performing at Rock the Garden 2019. (Helen Teague | MPR)
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  • X - Because I Do 02:21
  • X - Beyond and Back 02:54
  • X - Breathless 02:29
  • X - Come Back to Me 03:52
  • X - In This House That I Call Home 03:38
  • X - Johnny Hit and Run Paulene 03:16
  • X - Los Angeles 02:26
  • X - Motel Room in My Bed 02:25
  • X - Nausea 03:41
  • X - Poor Girl 02:55
  • X - Song 10 01:28
  • X - Soul Kitchen 02:42
  • X - Sugarlight 02:32
  • X - The Hungry Wolf 04:26
  • X - True Love 02:29
  • X - White Girl 03:34
  • X - Your Phone's Off the Hook, But You're Not 02:34

It's wild to think that over 40 years have passed since the legendary X first roared out of the Los Angeles punk scene — and even wilder that this pioneering group is still performing together today. Their impact on the music industry is massive — both of their first two albums are on the Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time — and founding members John Doe and Exene Cervenka have gone on to pursue successful solo careers, with John racking up quite the list of film and television credits as well. But there's nothing quite like seeing the four members of X on stage together.

The Rock the Garden lawn was packed with a sea of fans waiting to hear the legendary punk band. "What a beautiful place. What a beautiful park. What a beautiful city," singer Exene Cervenka said. John Doe, Exene Cervenka, DJ Bonebrake, and Billy Zoom showcased their range, playing songs from throughout the band's decade-spanning career including "True Love," "Hungry Wolf," and "Phone's off the Hook, But You're Not."

Billy Zoom maintained a sense of calm, politely nodding while tearing through guitar solos. He also showed off his saxophone playing, and took advantage of the rising heat by sticking his guitar pick square in the middle of his forehead before picking up the sax.

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  • X perform at Rock the Garden 2019
    John Doe of X performing at Rock the Garden 2019. (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Exene Cervenka of X performing at Rock the Garden 2019. (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Exene Cervenka of X performing at Rock the Garden 2019. (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    John Doe of X performing at Rock the Garden 2019. (Helen Teague | MPR)
  • X perform at Rock the Garden 2019
    John Doe of X performing at Rock the Garden 2019. (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Brian Oake and Mary Lucia introduce X at Rock the Garden 2019. (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Cool fashions at Rock the Garden 2019. (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    X performing at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    X performing at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    X performing at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Billy Zoom of X onstage at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    John Doe of X performing at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    DJ Bonebrake of X performing at Rock the Garden 2019. (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    DJ Bonebrake of X performing at Rock the Garden 2019. (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    John Doe of X performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    X perform at Rock the Garden 2019 at Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Music fans enjoy X performance at Rock the Garden 2019. (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    John Doe of X performing at Rock the Garden 2019. (Helen Teague | MPR)