This Saturday there's a benefit for our bud, the great punk/rock guitarist/singer/songwriter ALEX CATHCART (nee ALEX CRANK, among other incarnations). Alex sang & played guitar for bands including Marky Ramone & The Intruders, Lourds, The Westones, The Barflys, The F3s, pigEARTH, Sport Murphy's band, Lancaster County Prison, &, of course, The Cranks among others. He's done everything from playing EVERY bar in Queens to touring the world with Marky. A handsome motherfucker with a pure rocker's heart, Alex was struck with ALS a few years ago, an awful disease which has sapped his resources but will never dim his sly wit and punk soul. (Alex has turned to writing essays and poetry as a creative outlet. I'll get a link up for some of those shortly.) A bunch of folks are getting together to play at Connolly's Irish Pub at 280 Hempstead Ave in Malverne (516-887-5160) to raise some scratch for housing, medical expenses, etc. BUT sympathy for Alex ain't why you oughta be there: come down to watch Peace Group, members of The Westones, Lancaster County Prison, FUB, The Cranks, Finn & His Swinging Buddhas, and god knows who else blow the roof off the place. It'll be rockin', as Alex will have it no other way! I'll try and slip in a few Alex tunes on this week's radio show, otherwise, I hope to see you on Saturday night.