Victor Vector from the outerspace surf group Man or Astro-Man? contracted pneumonia at the end of their last tour and has been hospitalized in Vancouver since the beginning of March. He’s in the ICU and apparently is hooked up to a breathing machine since he can’t breathe on his own. I’ve seen these guys play maybe half a dozen times in Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles (even as Man or Astro-Man Clone Project Gamma) and it’s always an amazing show. This was the first time they’ve played on tour for years and was the first time they introduced Victor Vector playing with them.
From the Man or Astro-Man? Facebook page:
“Victor Vector from Man or Astro-Man? is still in dire condition and unable to breathe on his own. We are hoping for the best for him. One thing is that like many musicians he is without health insurance. If you would like to help donate to the fund we’re doing for him to help offset the immense medical bills he and his family now have, there is a paypal account: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your kindness.”
They’re having a surf rock benefit show in Hermosa Beach on March 27th for Victor Vector. See their page on Facebook for more information:
They have always been a huge musical influence on me and that’s one of the reasons that I joined the Amino Acids when living in Detroit. The video below was shot at The Echo in Los Angeles and features the entire show.
Man or Astroman? Full Show at The Echo, LA on February 20th, 2011.
02 Television Fission
03 Put Your Finger In The Socket
04 Maximum Radiation Level
06 Escape Velocity
07 –break- Lux Interior story
08 Special Agent Conrad Uno
09 –break — keypad/Birdstuff talk
10 Invasion of The Dragmen
12 Inside the Atom
13 Sferic Waves
14 Evil Plans of Planet Spectra
15 — break — Victor Vector introduction
17 Man From U.N.C.L.E.
18 Destination Venus
19 Planet Collision
20 Top Secret Classified
21 –break — Birdstuff talk
22 Carbon Dioxide
23 Principles Unknown/burning theramin/Van Der Graaf generator ending (really awesome, at about 51:36 )
Star Crunch — guitar, vocals
Coco The Electronic Monkey Wizard– bass, keypad, theramin
Birdstuff — drums
Victor Vector — guitar, keyboards