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11-16-1999Long-time manager Dave Frey parts ways with band

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.

In other news, mtv.com reports that long-time manager Dave Frey has amicably parted with the band. Here is the text of the article:

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, Cheap Trick.

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.