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