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Frank Black announces 30th anniversary celebrations for his second solo album, Teenager Of The Year

13 June 2024, 13:23 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Frank Black — AKA Pixies frontman Black Francis — has announced two shows to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his second solo album, Teenager Of The Year.

In February 2025, Frank Black and the original musicians featured on the album – Eric Drew Feldman, Lyle Workman, Nick Vincent, and Rob Laufer – will reunite for two show in Paris and London where they will play the album in full.

Speaking of how the album came to be, Black shared: "Sometime in the early 80s, I’d have to look up the date, I matriculated high school. This school held an awards banquet for some of the departing students at the school. I received an award called the TEENAGER OF THE YEAR award; my brother received the same award the following year. Our award was a 50 dollar credit for textbooks, a TEENAGER OF THE YEAR medallion (my mother still has this), and also the banquet hall dinner, soup to nuts. My brother and I had no complaint about the award (it was given for being all-around-good-guy as best as we could determine). But for such a grand title to be given as TEENAGER OF THE YEAR, I felt the glory had not been amplified enough."

"In 1993, I was doing “solo recording” sessions with Eric Drew Feldman in Los Angeles. We had settled on a core band with Nick Vincent and Lyle Workman, occasionally augmented by Joey Santiago and Moris Tepper. Though we had to change studios numerous times for actual forest fires and earthquakes, the whole process was such an addictive musical buffet that Eric and I couldn’t stop" he continued.

"We did some vocals at a studio rumored to be owned by Sergio Mendes; in the control room was a wall of television screens broadcasting the brush fire which crept toward us. We eventually evacuated to someplace else. We never met Sergio but we saw him perform a few weeks later when we vacated to Las Vegas after the Northridge earthquake, which had trapped the TEENAGER OF THE YEAR tapes in a studio vault for some time."

Frank Black will play Paris on 4 February, and London on 6 February. For more information, visit

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