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Frank Black - live notes. 1993

In 1993, Frank kicked off his solo career by spending most of March and April traveling to radio stations to promote his album. Such radio appearances usually consisted of an interview, plus a few songs from Frank on his acoustic guitar.

  • March 9, 1993 - Frank made an appearance on 91X (San Diego alternative station) for their "Hey mom, I'm on 91X" hour long show where listeners get to come in and be DJs. For a twist, it was Frank picking the songs. His selections were "The Passenger" by Iggy Pop, "Into You Like a Train" by Psychedelic Furs, "I Believe" by the Buzzcocks, "Nothing More" by Roxy Music, "Savoy Truffle" by the Beatles, "Guns Of Brixton" by the Clash, a song by Talk Talk ("It's My Life" probably?), another Buzzcocks song, and another Iggy song.
  • On April 14, in San Francisco, Eric Drew Feldman tagged along for the appearance. He participated in the interview and played bass for the songs ("Old Black Dawning", "Czar", and "I Heard Ramona Sing").

On May 27, Frank began his first solo tour (solo with a band, that is); first stop: Eugene, Oregon's WOW Hall. The tour kind of circled the US (and into Canada), first taking him across to the East, down South, then West back home to California. Along the way, he did a few more solo radio stops, TV appearances, and in-store performances.

  • The line-up for The Frank Black Experience, as he unofficially referred to his band, comprised of Frank on guitar and vocals (maybe some harmonica?), Joey Santiago on lead guitar, Eric Drew Feldman on keyboard/synth, Tony Maimone on bass, Nick Vincent on drums.
  • Rev. Horton Heat was the opening act for most of the tour. Frank was really impressed and often gave him/them props during his set.
  • The show on June 24 in New York City was broadcast live by many radio stations, and later released as a promo CD for stations to play (commercials and all). Frank had his buddies from They Might Be Giants come out and play a couple songs in the middle of his set.

The tour wrapped up around mid July, giving Frank a few months off to rest and write songs for the next album. In November, Frank played a few shows at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, perhaps testing out some new material.

{songs performed 1993}
(Instead of trying to get setlists for every show, I just took a bunch of setlists from each year/era, and divided the songs up by how often they were played)

songs included in the set regularly
(probably played at the majority of Frank's 1993 shows)

Adda Lee
Don't Ya Rile 'Em
Fear (Theme from One Step Beyond) [instrumental] (Harry Lubin)
Fu Manchu
I Heard Ramona Sing
Los Angeles
Old Black Dawning
Parry The Wind High, Low
Places Nambed After Numbers
Ten Percenter
Two Spaces
War Of The Satellites [instrumental- usually played between Fear and Tossed] (Ventures)

occasional rotation
(played at the majority of Frank's longer 1993 shows)

Brackish Boy
Duke of Earl (Gene Chandler)
Everytime I Go Around Here
Freedom Rock [instrumental - band introductions]
Hang On To Your Ego (Beach Boys)
This Is Where I Belong (The Kinks)
Tossed [Instrumental Version]

(At short shows or festivals where Frank only got a short set, he'd usually just play that first batch of songs. At longer, headlining shows, they'd add in the second batch.)

rare occasions
(played very rarely; probably not more than a few times in 1993)

(Some known performance dates are in {brackets})

Amnesia {May 29, 1993}
The Ballad Of Lucas MacGraw {March ?, 1993 KNDD; May 27, 1993}
Beat on the Brat [partial] (Ramones) {1993 WBRU ; 1993 MTV NY}
Tossed [Vocal Version] {May 29, 1993; May 30, 1993}

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