When Phil Alvin takes the stage for a New Year's Eve solo set at Joe's Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank, he won't just be welcoming in 2013. He'll be closing the book on a year he'd rather forget.
“Starting in November 2011, 2012 has been the strangest year of my life, by far,” says the Blasters' frontman. “I will be happy — along with the Mayans — to say goodbye to 2012.”
On the positive front, Alvin and the Blasters released “Fun on Saturday Night” in July, their first album in four years on what he calls the “small but fair” indie label Rip City Records. But while touring Spain in June in advance of the album's release, tragedy struck. Alvin took ill after the band finished their set one night due to an infection from an abscessed tooth. His throat swelled shut and he was rushed to a hospital where an emergency tracheotomy was performed on him. He flat-lined twice and was brought back to life two times thanks to an intern performing CPR.