The original members of the Blasters will reunite and be joined by X, the Knitters and other veteran Southland roots rock musicians Jan. 26 in a benefit dubbed “Brotherly Love: A Night for Our Brother Phil Alvin.”
Blasters founding member and lead singer Alvin was hit by the powerful Mersa virus a little over a year ago and nearly died last summer during a relapse, according to his brother, guitarist, singer and songwriter Dave Alvin. He has since recovered but has amassed significant medical bills that benefit organizers hope their event will help him pay off.
“After his release from the hospital, he was on massive amounts of antibiotics for three months that severely depleted his immune system,” Dave Alvin tells Pop & Hiss. “He went on a European tour with [The Blasters] in June of this year and in Valencia, Spain, he was hospitalized because he couldn’t breathe.
“After flat-lining in the emergency room, he was brought back to consciousness by a Spanish doctor named Dr. Maria (as in ‘Marie Marie,’ ironically) and a tracheotomy was performed,” Alvin added. "He remained in the Spanish hospital for a little over two weeks undergoing treatment. He’s fine now and singing better than before, believe it or not.”