October 14, 2003

Show Update

That TV Smith/Dr. Frank mini-tour I mentioned earlier starts today in San Jose. I just talked to TV on the phone to make arrangements-- a mildly surreal experience. Seems like a nice guy. We're going to be traveling down the coast in a rental car for the next week, which also seems a bit surreal.

Anyway, there's an additional, last-minute all ages show in San Diego on Sunday Oct. 19. It'll be TV Smith, me, and some local punk-related folks (Jay from Spazboy, Chris from John Cougar Concentration Camp, and others) playing acousticy stuff. Tell your friends, if you've got any.

It's at the Muse, a record store/art gallery in the North Park area of San Diego, 2004 University Ave. Show time 7pm. Cheap door (I think it'll be $3.)

Following that, the 21+ show at the Brick by Brick will start at 9pm. The only thing I know about that is they claim there will be cheap beers, which, if true, is better than a kick in the teeth, as they say.

In other news, it turns out the LA show at the Echo Lounge is an early one, as they're having some kind of disco thing afterwards. (There was some talk of trying to get Ken Layne's Corvids to close, but once again, it looks like Disco killed the rock. They're playing the following night, however, at the Thunderbird Saloon.) Anyway, at the Echo, my set is at 7pm and TVs is at 8.

As long as I'm updating, here's the whole list of shows:

Tuesday, Oct. 14 -- Thee Blank Club, San Jose. 44 S. Almaden Avenue, San Jose Doors 9pm. Me at 10:30, TV at 11:30.

Wednesday, Oct. 15 -- Cafe du Nord, San Francisco, with Penelope Houston.
2170 Market St., SF. 18+ show. Doors 6. Show 9. me at 9pm, TV at 10, Penelope Houston at 11.

Thursday, Oct. 16 -- The True Love, Sacramento, with Kevin Seconds.
2406 J Street (at 24th, next to Relles Florist) midtown Sacramento.
Two sets each, times to be determined, but the doors are at 8:30.

Friday, Oct. 17 -- Echo Lounge, Los Angeles.
Early show. All ages. Doors at 6pm, show 6:30, me at 7, TV at 8, followed by dancin all night.
1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

Saturday, Oct. 18 -- X Records, 2484 Hamner Ave., Norco, CA, (909) 270-0999
Show is at 8pm. $5. (Just me on that one-- TV Smith is playing across town at the Showcase w/the Vibrators.)

Sunday, Oct. 19 -- As above:

The Muse, 3004 University Ave, San Diego. All ages. 7pm show.

The Brick by Brick, 11:30 Buenos Ave, San Diego. 9pm. 21+. Cheap door and cheap beer.

See ya there.

Posted by Dr. Frank at October 14, 2003 08:38 PM | TrackBack

cool...i wish i could go.

Posted by: Amy 80 at October 15, 2003 05:51 PM

me too!

Frank, are there any plans for bay area shows over christmastime? i'll be in santa clara from december 27th to 11th january, and i'd love to finally catch an MTX/frank show if possible.

Posted by: Mark at October 16, 2003 02:48 AM

Lovely set last night, Docteur François. You definitely left us wanting more. After circling the Castro for 45 minutes in search of parking, I had almost abandoned hope of catching your set. I am pleased to report that it was well worth the aggravation. I would do it all over again just to see Bobby J. in his snug fitting trousers. His harmonies were beautiful. Hearing you guys sing “Fucked Up on Life” certainly whet my appetite for the new CD.

It was also interesting to see TV Smith (his pants were even tighter than Bobby J’s). I dug “Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts” like every other wannabe punk rocker in 1977. Nevertheless, I was caught off guard by TV’s performance. By the third song my wife leaned over and asked why he was so pissed off at the world. I guess there’s a little Billy Bragg in us all.

While driving home, I kept trying to picture TV and Dr. Frank trapped in a rental car for hours on end. Generally speaking, rock stars should never travel in pairs. Look what happened to Eddie Cochran when he shared a cab with Gene Vincent. And then there was the Vince Neal incident with Razzle of Hanoi Rocks. But this odd pairing is going to be a fine social experiment. I sure hope Dr. Frank chronicles his adventure with TV.

For those of you in Sacramento, L.A. and San Diego, I highly recommend that you make an effort to see the show. Dr. Frank never disappoints! And you’ll get to hear TV sing One Chord Wonders, Gary Gilmore’s Eyes, No Time to be 21 and Bored Teenagers. Bravo!

Posted by: J. Francis Gretchen at October 16, 2003 05:59 PM

Talking of Billy Bragg, his new 'Best of' record is out now and it's awesome. And you get 3 CDs for 10 bucks. Which is nice.


Posted by: Bal at October 17, 2003 07:42 PM

Darn, totally missed the show in Sac-town last week. I'll have to be better at keeping up to date on when you tour.

Really bummed, because I was probably drinking a couple streets down the way and wondering why there weren't any good shows to go see.

Posted by: Fred Radcliffe at October 22, 2003 11:15 PM

Hey Frank, saw you a couple of years ago at the fireside bowl in chicago. I've lived in waco, tx for the past three and a half years and I started booking shows two years ago. I recently met a special girl and I threw her one helluva birthday party on the 5th of july(her birthday's the 4th.). I'm planning to throw another one this coming july. I'd like to see if you guys are interested in playing at that show, or any other time I can get you to. I talked to Jym at an eyeliners show last year and he said to get ahold of you and talk about it, I swear you are a hard man to get ahold of! Anyway, please get in touch with me!!---Andrew Rangel

Posted by: billymtx at November 1, 2003 07:29 PM

if i were like jeff spicoli - a real good swimmer - and i saved a drowning brooke shields and got reward money, you know who i would hire to play at my birthday show? not van halen. not the irrepressible beat kitchen. no, i would hire the mr t experience. and then i would fire them.

Posted by: chris at November 24, 2003 02:56 AM

billy - sounds awesome! who is this special lady anyway? i just joined the mtx a few weeks ago right before we cut "yesterday rules" - jym is history. but i'd be super stoked to set this gig up, im sure frank would be down like fertilizer. just send me a pic of this special lady, if she's got what the body to rock the pody we will not only play one hella good rock show but probably bust out an encore of "Sgt. Smiles" - can you dig it nigga?

Posted by: the new drummer at November 24, 2003 03:01 AM

if anyone knows of any good punk shows in san jose please post em or email me..and none of that emo shit.. thanks. later.

Posted by: brewer at November 24, 2003 11:37 PM

I would like to ask u, when MTX will come to Brazil, because u have a lot of fans here and i need to watch one MTX show before i die. :)

BTW, i heard the new MTX song "She's Not a Flower" and it's great! Good Work Dr. Frank!


Posted by: Cyber Optik at November 28, 2003 05:26 PM