Thursday, March 10, 2011

Poster of the Week: UP EVIL Tour St. Louis

Here we have a poster/handbill from one of the stops on Front 242's 1993 UP EVIL Tour. This tour followed on the heels of 242's appearance on the Lollapalooza '93 stage.
Where the latter was lacking in ambience and the pyrotechnics of a classic 242 show, the smaller, more intimate club tour that followed more than made up for the problems that Front 242 had to contend with!

This poster is from the November 29, 1993 show in St. Louis, Missouri. I was personally at this show and it delivered. Richard was particularly animated that evening, sporting his mohawk, while wearing a red cup! with black bicycle shorts beneath. Jean Luc sported one of his "dragon" shirts that he wore throughout the LollapaIooza and UP EVIL Tours. The stage featured the giant gargoyle from the Religion artwork. I also enjoyed the two opening acts and for a time became fans of both the short-lived Ethyl Meatplow and Stabbing Westward.

The bill itself measures 8.5 by 5.5 inches and is printed on pink paper stock. What is most interesting about this time in Front 242 history is how Daniel B. came out from behind the mixing desk to appear more "front" and center. He has always been the mysterious "Member 0" and early 242 promo material often obscured his image, adding to the sense of mystery and intrigue.
The new 242 material at the time downplayed the roles of Jean Luc and Richard 23, and so it seems fitting that Patrick C. and Daniel B. would feature more prominently in the advertising material.

The highlight for me was actually meeting the band members and creating friendships that have lasted to this day! "Stand by the Innovators!"

Front 242 UP EVIL Tour, St. Louis, Missouri, November 29, 1993


  1. A friend & I saw the band in San Antonio a few nights prior. The show was well-atteneded, given the slick, frozen streets (atypical weather for San Antonio -- especially on Thanksgiving!) and made for many awesome memories. Leon & I wound up at the rear of the venue, watching Daniel B work his magic. At the end of the show, he packed up his DATs in an aluminum briefcase, shook hands with his co-hort in the mixing booth, and even took my card before disappearing in the crowd. He never called, though. :(

  2. Great story! Too bad about the Daniel B. He always is the quiet one!