Phil Alvin hospitalized and recovering
Phil Alvin nearly left the proverbial building a few weeks ago when difficulty breathing turned quickly into an inability to breath, resulting in an emergency life saving tracheotomy and a week or so in ICU. He remains hospitalized in Valencia, Spain. The Blasters were on a tour of Europe, and the band has been with him. He’s said (by his brother Dave at his own show last night) to be recovering nicely with golden vocal cords intact, and is expected home in a week or so. Here’s a series of updates pulled from The Blasters Newsletter, which has been put out for many years by Billy Davis. Billy’s newsletter originated pre-internet in print, but is now found on line at www.blastersnewsletter.com I’d guess most Blasters fans already are aware of the site, but for those not, it’s the single best site by far on the web for Blasters (and Dave Alvin) news.
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I still remember the day in 1985 that my roommate brought home the newly released LP by The Blasters, “Hard Line”. I’d never heard of The Blasters. The record turned my head like few others; well written songs, killer guitars, incredible singing – nobody sings like Phil. The group had everything I wanted to hear and even the name was just right. I’ve since seen The Blasters live a bunch of times in Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee and LA, both the current lineup and the vintage original lineup with Dave. Now that I think of it, I saw them a few July’s ago with Dave joining the current lineup as a special guest. To borrow a phrase from Lucky Mud aka Mike, their music is “like vitamins and minerals” for me.
Best wishes to Phil for a good and complete recovery. In the meantime, best wishes and thanks in advance to the Blasters for their new record coming out tomorrow called “Fun On A Saturday Night”, new American Music at the 4th of July!
Happy 4th of July, everyone.