My First Frank Gig

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My First Frank Gig

Post by FelipeS » Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:33 pm

It seems like I've always been one of the few people on the forum who has never seen Frank live. Last night I went to West Columbia, SC and saw Into It Over It, Andrew Jackson Jihad, and Frank live. Without a doubt it was the best concert I have ever went to and it will hold that spot for a hell of a long time.

Into It Over It and Andrew Jackson Jihad were both amazing, but it was clear most people were there for Frank. I was actually shocked how great of a spot I got for the concert (I was in the first row right in front of Tarrant in the "I Still Believe" T-Shirt). By the time "One Foot Before the Other" was played my voice was already shot but still I kept singing every word. My two friends who have never heard about Frank up to this point even sung along in some spots.

What I never really expected going to this concert was the great sense of community. During one of the last songs (I can't for the life of me remember which one) everyone started dancing around up front. We were all dancing with people that up to that point we have never met before in our lives. By the end of the concert I felt as if everyone was already friends with one another even though we never spoke directly to one another.

I've always wondered if I would be a lifelong fan of Frank's after that concert I can say for certain I will (Unless he all of a sudden takes a stylistic turn and decides that pop music is his true calling).

So after my experience I wonder what stories you guys have from your first Frank gig?
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Post by moomin » Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:18 pm

well even pop music can be done well and be a joy
just most of it is manufactured bullshit with no substance

First Frank gig was at Astoria 2006 and I remember Rob from The Automatic was stoked a hero of his was playing the show with him
remember thinking must check out Frank some more but there were a couple of crazy fangirls who "claimed" him and Mumm Ra which put me off so it took me longer than it should have done to invest my love
but hell I do like the scenic route

I loved reading your post btw

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Post by marowak » Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:04 pm

my first Frank gig was

62. 6th March 2006 @ The Globe, Brighton

this was a gig that i put on and was a joyous evening indeed.

it was so long ago that i dont really remember it that much now ... but i do remember when i put frank on at the same venue the following year two things happened

i. my wife had food poisoning and spent all night in the loos.

ii. the guy with curly hair from 'green wing' and other comedy delights was drinking up stairs.
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Post by minidazzler » Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:14 pm

Cork, 30th May 2010, I had only heard of Frank in Februaryish through a post by someone called NervousWreck on boards.ie. Instantly liked his music so went about looking up gigs in March to see if he was ever playing Ireland and it just so happened he was playing Cork rather soon.

Got a buddy to come with me, had a few predrinks and listened to the support from the barroom, then Frank goes and sits in one of the booths, I was way too embarrassed to say anything, (this was before I found out how nice he is and that he will talk away to fans), so I said nothing to him.

He played his set, my friend enjoyed the music but doesn't "do" gigs so just sat there which was kinda boring really, but the music was fantastic and I sang along like a man possessed. I had a great time, but then my buddy wanted to go home straight after rather than going for some drinks after, which kinda sucked too, but still, I had a great time.

I was thinking Frank was fantastic before I went, but after I went I decided I am a fan for life unless he suddenly becomes racist, homophobic or in any other way a complete cunt, which I am pretty damn sure he won't.
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Post by samuwel » Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:56 am

Mine was 3rd June 2007 @ The Central, Middlesbrough.

A mate of mine always seems to know about good music before everyone else does (I think this is one of those people that we all know one of). We were at middlesbrough music live, a free festival which was basically an excuse to sit around and get drunk in middlesbrough town centre, and see some has-been acts as well as a few that were up and coming. He said to me that there was a bloke he'd heard about that used to be in this hardcore band (which I'd never heard of) who was doing some quiet acoustic stuff which was apparantly pretty decent.

We wandered into this bar which we'd never even seen before and were ushered up the stairs to a rammed tiny little room where Frank was already playing, to be greeted by what appeared to be the majority of those who would later go on to star in "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding" . With not a spare chair in sight we stood by the doorway next to a pair of bearded fellas who, rather intimidatingly, seemed to know every single word to the songs of this singer songwriter fella that we had barely heard of. There were a group of people sat cross legged directly in front of the stage (which was about 6 inches tall), like school children staring attentively up at a teacher.

Frank played whilst sat on a wooden stool with his guitar case laid behind him on the floor. He, at some point played Worse Things Happen at Sea and I remember smiling and thinking that I was onto something here. I'm almost certain I had Campfire Punk Rock and Sleep is for the Week in my hands within a matter of days thanks to the lovely folk at Banquet Records.

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Post by Emitime » Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:11 am

Saw him his first time at Leeds festival. Seems kind of lame really, but I think I've made up for that since.
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Post by Evan » Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:13 am

moomin wrote: First Frank gig was at Astoria 2006 and I remember Rob from The Automatic was stoked a hero of his was playing the show with him
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Post by Emitime » Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:19 am

I miss the hair and the hat.
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Post by frank » Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:03 pm

for the record, this thread is ace.
Shows? All of em.

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Post by moomin » Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:06 pm

Evan wrote:
moomin wrote: First Frank gig was at Astoria 2006 and I remember Rob from The Automatic was stoked a hero of his was playing the show with him
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man I miss that place
still the venue I have been to most despite it being dead for years
was so handy being able to decide on the day if you were up for a pit or a sit

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Post by Blonde » Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:24 pm

Emitime wrote:Saw him his first time at Leeds festival. Seems kind of lame really, but I think I've made up for that since.
Same here, however my first Frank gig was at Rescue Rooms in 2008.

I remember having work just before the gig, so I ended up arriving late. It wouldn't have been a problem usually, but it was an early show so by the time I got there, Frank had already been onstage for about 10 minutes (I remember trying to check the stage times behind the sound desk to see how much I'd missed).

Sadly Frank was ill that gig and ran off stage saying he'd be back in a minute, but he never did come back and the gig came to an abrupt end. I only really got to see the middle of the gig so it was a bit of a disaster really. However, I have kept on coming back so it can't have been that bad!

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Post by Evan » Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:43 pm

My first Frank gig, was Frank's first Frank gig, at 93 Feet East in 2004. It was a Smalltown America all dayer for Cancer Research, and myself and Big Ginger Paul volunteered to be stage crew for the day. This involved lifting and shifting gear and drinking an obscene amount of free beer.

I remember very little about it other than he sat on a chair, and afterward we headed back to my flat in Romford to see the night out. Frank threw up off the balcony, and a random stranger whom we had somehow picked up (i cannot remember the circumstances) tried to sleep in my bed without consent (I wasn't in it at the time I hasten to add). Good times.

First thing in the morning we (stupidly) split a bottle of 20/20 and went to Nambucca for Sensible Sundays. I was a fucking mess by about 3pm and had to go home before I either collapsed or threw up or both. I woke up 6 stops past mine on the train and had to head back again, which was painful.

I bunked work the following day.
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Post by marowak » Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:45 pm

Evan wrote:My first Frank gig, was Frank's first Frank gig, at 93 Feet East in 2004. It was a Smalltown America all dayer for Cancer Research, and myself and Big Ginger Paul volunteered to be stage crew for the day. This involved lifting and shifting gear and drinking an obscene amount of free beer.

I remember very little about it other than he sat on a chair, and afterward we headed back to my flat in Romford to see the night out. Frank threw up off the balcony, and a random stranger whom we had somehow picked up (i cannot remember the circumstances) tried to sleep in my bed without consent (I wasn't in it at the time I hasten to add). Good times.

First thing in the morning we (stupidly) split a bottle of 20/20 and went to Nambucca for Sensible Sundays. I was a fucking mess by about 3pm and had to go home before I either collapsed or threw up or both. I woke up 6 stops past mine on the train and had to head back again, which was painful.

I bunked work the following day.
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Post by Laura? » Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:34 pm

My first Frank show was on the 15th of May this year, I believe. Not only was the gig itself immense, (one of the best I've been to) but the bizarre series of events that occurred that evening has since resulted in my life changing somewhat drastically. For the better, I may add.

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Post by Bossman66 » Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:21 pm

I can't tell you the date off the top of my head, but it was at the Bristol O2 on a snowy night in '08 or '09 & to be honest, although I was delighted that Frank was playing (cos I'd bought Love, Ire & Song and knew he'd be good too), I really went to see Gaslight Anthem.

I stood with my mate on the stairwell to the first floor, so we had a good view. I loved Frank's set & the great reaction he got. I knew many of the audience were there for him as much as if not more than GA. I was already won over, long before he played 'Thunder Road' & that just secured it!

Bought all the newer albums on release date, saw him again at Exeter Lemon Grove & will probably be going to Newport in November too. I'm also promoting the man on the Springsteen forums all the time. Certainly one of the best live acts I've seen.

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