If Green Day can write a rock opera and bring it to stage, there’s no reason to think Black Francis can’t. As Slicing Up Eyeballs reports, a stage production based on Francis’ 2007 release ‘Bluefinger’ is set to premiere on Nov. 12 in Houston, Texas via the Catastrophic Theatre. For those unfamiliar, the album is about Dutch musician/artist Herman Brood, who took his own life in 2001, after years battling depression, drugs and alcohol and is considered to be one of the Netherlands’ most influential rock and rollers.
The idea to bringing this record to stage spawned from Pixies biographer Josh Frank, Francis and Catastrophic director, Jason Nodler. Such will make for a busy fall for Francis — he recently released his 16th solo album, ‘NonStopErotik,’ under his and has announced a string of solo dates, including three dates supporting the Swell Season in August. If that’s not enough, he’s also gearing up to release a B-Sides collection called ‘Abbabubba’ — due sometime this summer, according to Blackfrancis.net — and spent time producing Pete Yorn’s new self-titled album, out this fall as well.
And then of course, there’s his duties with the Pixies, who are bringing their ‘Doolittle’ tour to 11 US cities this fall, starting Sept. 7 in Philadelphia. The band’s been performing the album and its B-sides in full since fall 2009. Thus, knowing Francis’ tireless work ethic, we’re pretty sure he’ll be on hand when ‘Bluefinger’ debuts.