Best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Paul Stanley of KISS, felled on their current tour by an irregular heartbeat. KISS decided to go on with the show at Soboba Casino in San Jacinto as a trio, but no word yet on the status of the tour or on Paul's medical status. Ozzy Osborne was in the hospital as well, suffering from a reported blood clot in the leg. After undergoing an outpatient procedure, Ozzy was released and, trooper that he is, is headed back out on the Ozzfest tour.
New CDs popping across our desk here include a new version of Carole King's Love Makes The World. Re-released as a 2-disc set on her own Rockingale Records, the expanded edition includes 5 bonus tracks, behind the scenes video footage, a "making of" feature, a rare in-depth interview, and videos for "Love Makes The World" and "Safe Again."
Also out is jazz and blues guitarist Charlie Hunter's new disc "Mistico.". This disc from the Charlie Hunter Trio, formerly on Blue Note, is available on the Fantasy Records imprint, and combines elements of jazz, fusion, rock, and blues in a recording that is in parts comparable to some of Jeff Beck's early work. Austin's Billy Harvey has a new disc out as well, called Bearsick, and it's distinctive and different, moody and brooding, and hard to categorize. Stripped, raw, and basic, the sound is dark, in a Chris Isaac or REM-at-half-speed sort of way. Bearsick is available on the Gold Records label.
The summer tour season chugs on in Austin, with Jesse Sublett of the Skunks doing another solo set at Flipnotics on Barton Springs this Friday, August 3. New York's Dream Theater is bringing their King Crimson-influenced progressive metal to the Backyard on Saturday, August 4, followed by the Austin Freedom Fest on Friday, August 10, with Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel headlining. The Backyard follows that with the Goo Goo Dolls on September 1, and as much as I want to be there, I'll be hooking up with Kerry King and Slayer, touring with Marilyn Manson, down in San Antonio at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on the same night. I'll be back at the Backyard on Sept. 3 covering the sold-out Incubus show, followed on Sept 5 by a Black Crowes gig.
In fact, September is so busy in Austin, with Henry Rollins, Tesla, and the Average White Band all performing at La Zona Rosa along with a whole slew of other artists, that, as much as I want to, I have too much on my schedule to provide ACL coverage this year. I'm sure some of our users will be submitting pics, and I can always log into AT&T's Blue Room to watch the highlights. That's what I'll be doing this weekend with their live streaming web coverage of Lolapalooza. Heck, I might even enter their contest and try to win a trip to see the Smashing Pumpkins at Red Rocks on September 30.