Ozma keyboardist/flute player Star Wick was injured in a car accident last Tuesday in the midst of the Vans Warped tour.
Ozma keyboardist/flute player Star Wick was injured in a car accident last Tuesday in the midst of the Vans Warped Tour, according to a post by drummer Pat Edwards on the Pasadena, Calif.-based band's official Web site. Wick suffered whiplash and bruising in addition to a tear in her cornea as a result of contact lens complications when car's airbag inflated. She underwent successful emergency eye surgery late last week.
"While we are very excited to be here making new friends, we are at the moment sadly without our keyboardist," Edwards wrote. "We wish her and her friends a quick recovery." Derek Grant of the Alkaline Trio has offered to fill in for Wick until she rejoins the tour, although it is not known when that will be. "[Derek] was already familiar with the Ozma repertoire, and with a little practice we expect to be in full rocking mode by set time," Edwards said.
The Warped tour hits Omaha, Neb., tonight (June 25) and wraps Aug. 14 in Buffalo, N.Y. Afterward, Ozma is confirmed to play Japan's Summer Sonic festival on Aug. 17-18.
In related news, Kung Fu Records today issues a remixed and remastered version of the group's previously self-released double EP, "Doubble Donkey Disc." Complete with new artwork, "DDD" glues together five songs from "The Russian Coldfusion EP" (which the outfit describes as "Russian influenced jazz-fusion rock") with five tunes collectively known as "The Bootytraps EP" (dedicated to Ozma's booty alter egos).