Blues Traveler played their first show after officially
declaring Tad Kinchla as their new bassist, playing the
Pacific Beach club Plan B in San Diego last night. While no
setlist has circulated as of yet, reports are that while it
strongly resembled the three early-November lists but did
feature a slightly expanded repertoire, including Gina,
Mulling it Over, Hook and Go Outside and Drive.
Ending what was has already been a difficult year for
Blues Traveler, the band's long time manager, Dave Frey,
has resigned, according to "The Hollywood
Reporter." Frey had worked with the band for nearly
a decade, and had co-founded the H.O.R.D.E. tour with
Blues Traveler frontman John Popper in 1992. In a
prepared statement Frey said, "My time with Blues
Traveler has run its course. Our parting is totally
amicable and I will do everything in my power to make
their transition to another management company an easy
one." Frey will continue to manage his other client,
The news of Frey's split with the band comes three
months on the heels of Blues Traveler bassist Bobby
Sheehan's August 20 death at his home in New Orleans.
Since then, the remaining members of the group,
Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla and drummer Brendan Hill,
have decided to stay together.
Blues Traveler plan to begin work next year its sixth
studio LP. No word yet on who will handle the bass duties
on the album.
In the meantime, the band's previously scheduled New
Year's Eve gig at the Reno Hilton in Reno, Nevada has
been changed to a John Popper solo show.