Dr. Octagon Ready To Take It To The Stage

The Automator plans to bring back capes. We can't wait.

Dr. Octagon (a.k.a. Kool Keith), wants to funk you up. But not

just yet.

The good doctor, who's mind-blowing album Dr.

Octagonecologyst has been re-released by Dreamworks (in addition to a

separate instrumental version called Instrumentalyst), was set to take

George Clinton and P-Funk All-Stars-style revue on the road with Beck recently,

except the show was not quite ready for prime time, according to a source at

his label.

"His manager said they were so overzealous to get out and play

(and just sort of overzealous in general), that they hadn't really had time to

get the show together," said the source.

As a result, several shows,

including a May 14 launch party for Sweater magazine (from the folks

that brought you Bikini and Ray Gun), two dates with Beck and a

May 17 show at L.A.'s Spaceland, had to be scrubbed, while the Octagon crew

worked out the kinks.

The good news is, the Octagon extravaganza will now

debut at a Beck show at the Phoenix Plaza Amphitheater in Pontiac, Michigan

(near Detroit) on Wednesday, May 28 with a preview of the show that

Lollaploozers will see this summer. The live crew for the Lolla dates will

consist of The Automator (who along with rapper Kool Keith and DJ Q-Bert

comprise Dr. Octagon) on drum machine, keyboards and samples, Kool Keith as M.

C. and DJ Q-Bert handling the turntables (with assistance from his two partners

in the Invisible Scratch Picklz). There will also be a keyboardist-guitarist, a

conga/flue player and a break dancer. Plus rapper Sir Menelik and De La Soul's

Prince Paul.

"It'll definitely be pretty wild," quoth the source, about

the first-ever tour of this kind by the scatological- and sex-obsessed Octagon,

a former member of the Ultramagnetic MC's. Octagon recently wrapped up work on

the video for the first single from Octagonecologyst, "Blue Flowers."

In a press released issued Friday, The Automator described the show as a

"rock 'n' roll circus" that will also feature suitable costumes, which he would

not describe. However, he did note that "Capes will definitely be

involved."