Frank Black Heads Out on Winter Club Tour in February
Frank Black has the tour bus gassed up and is set to hit the road for a handful of club dates next month.
The tour will kick off at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, and will continue through February 22 when the former-Pixies frontman will play The Record Collector Store in Bordentown, New Jersey. Other cities slated for the tour include Ithaca, New York; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh; Nashville; Asheville; Carrboro, North Carolina; Charlottesville, Virginia; Sellersville, Pennsylvania and Hoboken, New Jersey.
Reid Paley will open all dates on the trek. Paley and Black (under the name Black Francis) released their first collaborative record, Paley & Francis, in October 2011. The album allegedly was written in three days and then recorded in two, with Muscle Shoals legends Spooner Oldham and David Hood filling out the band on the recording.
Paley & Francis is Black’s most recent release, and he has not said if he plans to perform new music on the tour. He also released Abbabubba in 2011, which is a collection of B-sides and demos. Bluefinger, a 2007 tribute to the late Dutch musician and artist Herman Brood, was the first album released under the Black Francis moniker, which was first used during his time in the Pixies.
Before that 2007 album, all solo work had been credited to either Frank Black or Frank Black and the Catholics. Black’s birth name is Charles Thompson. His first solo album, Frank Black, was released in 1993, two years after the final Pixies album to date, Trompe le Monde.
The Pixies officially broke up in 1993, but have been playing fairly regularly together since reuniting in 2004. The group hasn’t released any new music since reuniting, and as of now don’t appear to have any plans to record. Though with the Pixies, it would be more likely they would surprise everyone with an album release date rather than offer information about working in a recording studio.