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Frank Black - live notes. 2002

In January, Frank played 4 solo shows opening up for Graham Parker in California. At the end of Graham's set, Frank would come back out and join in for a version of the Ramones' tune "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker."

Then around March, Frank performed at a taping of VH1's late night variety show Late World With Zach. Unfortunately, the show was scheduled for broadcast on Grammy night, and VH1 decided to pre-empt the show at the last minute in favor of 'news' coverage of the awards. They never got around to re-scheduling the episode, and a couple months later, the show was canceled.

On the topic of canceled shows, an in-store appearance in San Francisco on August 20, 2002 had to be canceled when the band's van broke down on the drive.

Mid-March through May was spent touring the US. A brief California tour was cut short in July when Scott the drummer was unable to perform. Dave Lovering, former Pixies drummer, and opening act for the tour (doing his 'mad scientist' routine), filled in on drums on July 20, 2002 in Pomona, and for a few songs on July 21, 2002 in San Diego.

Speaking of Lovering, fans who showed up early to Frank's show in Boston on November 27 got a treat when the former Pixies drummer took the stage at the end of opening band The Bennies set and performed "La La Love You" with them. Lovering's girlfriend did Kim's part. Jeremy, lead singer of The Bennies had this to say: "The Pixies never did it live, so it was a momentous occasion. Charles didn't see it, but he was there for the rehearsal with a big smile on his face. He said it sounded good, he hadn't heard that song in a long time. Unfortunately we were first that night so the crowd wasn't too big. But the people that were there got a real treat. They were screaming as soon as the drum intro started. Dave said he had fun but he never wants to do it again. So it was a brief moment in time that few witnessed."

{songs performed 2002}
(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)

regular rotation
(probably played at the majority of Frank's 2002 shows)

21 Reasons
All My Ghosts
The Black Rider (Tom Waits)
Cactus (Pixies)
California Bound
Cold Heart of Stone
Crackity Jones (Pixies)
Freedom Rock
Gouge Away (Pixies)
Horrible Day
How You Went So Far
If It Takes All Night
Ive Seen Your Picture
Jane, The Queen of Love
Los Angeles
Men In Black
Monkey Gone To Heaven (Pixies)
Mr. Grieves (Pixies)
Nimrod's Son (Pixies)
Robert Onion
Six-Sixty-Six (Larry Norman)
Skeleton Man
Solid Gold
Southbound Bevy
Steak N Sabre
There Goes Nadine
Wave of Mutilation (U.K. Surf)
Whiskey In Your Shoes

occasional rotation
(played once in a while / somewhat often)

(I Want To Live On An) Abstract Plain
All The Tired Horses [played as intro] (Bob Dylan)
Are You Headed My Way
Black Letter Day
Brackish Boy
Chip Away Boy
Dirty Old Town (Pouges)
Dog Gone
Dog In The Sand
End of Miles
I Want Rock N Roll
John the Revelator (Son House / traditional)
Llano del Rio
Out of State
So. Bay
The Holiday Song (Pixies)
Where Is My Mind? (Pixies)

rare occasions
(played very rarely; probably not more than a few times in 2002)

85 Weeks
Everytime I Go Around Here
Farewell Bend
Fields of Marigold
I Gotta Move
Sister Isabelle
The Swimmer
Valentina & Garuda
Western Star

Frank guesting on stage
Run {with Gordon Gano on October 9, 2002 at the Troubadour, Hollywood}
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (Ramones) {with Graham Parker at the January 2002 California shows}

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