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Back From the Shadows: The Firesign Theatre's 25th Anniversary Reunion Tour

Back From the Shadows was the twenty-fifth anniversary reunion tour of the comedy group the Firesign Theatre, performed at twenty cities across the United States in 1993. A live video CD recording of three performances was released as the group's nineteenth album in 1994 by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab.

Back From the Shadows: The Firesign Theatre's 25th Anniversary Reunion Show
Reunion tour by The Firesign Theatre
Associated albumBack From the Shadows
Start dateApril 24, 1993 (1993-04-24)
Legs20
Back From the Shadows: The Firesign Theatre's 25th Anniversary Reunion Tour
FST Back From the Shadows cover art.jpg
Live album by
Released1994
RecordedApril–October 1993
Venue
GenreComedy
Length97:43
LabelMobile Fidelity Sound Lab
ProducerRichard Fish
The Firesign Theatre chronology
Shoes for Industry: The Best of the Firesign Theatre
(1993)
Back From the Shadows: The Firesign Theatre's 25th Anniversary Reunion Tour
(1994)
Pink Hotel Burns Down
(1996)

The performance material was loosely adapted and updated from four albums originally issued by Columbia Records: Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like Him (1968); How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All (1969); Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers (1970); and I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus (1971). The concert's title comes from lyrics "Back From the Shadows Again" that the group wrote as a parody of Gene Autry's signature song "Back in the Saddle Again" for I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus. The final scene, "Toad Away", is a parody hymn the group wrote to the tune of The First Noel in 1970 for their Dear Friends radio program, which appeared on the 1972 album of the same name.

Performance venuesEdit

The reunion concert opened in Seattle, Washington on April 24, 1993. The audience numbered 2,900 and included comic actor Harry Anderson.[1] The tour continued through October, at US cities and venues including:[2]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by the Firesign Theatre.

Still Waiting For the Electrician (or Someone Like Him)
No.TitleLength
1."At The Border"4:49
2."Beat The Reaper!"3:22
Nick Danger in "Cut 'Em Off At the Past!"
No.TitleLength
3."He Walks Again By Night"10:47
4."The Old Same Place"6:09
5."Hold It Right There!"3:02
How Can You Be In Two Places At Once (When You're Not Anywhere At All)
No.TitleLength
6."Ralph Spoilsport Motors"3:44
7."On The Antelope Freeway"3:17
8."The American Pageant"9:19
9."Bringing The War Back Home"5:33
I Think We're All Bozos (On This Bus)
No.TitleLength
10."On the Funway"6:40
11."The Breaking of the President"3:13
12."Doctor Memory"5:15
Don't Crush That Dwarf (Hand Me the Pliers)
No.TitleLength
13."Tirebiter Wakes Up Hungry"5:17
14."Pastor Flash"5:23
15."High School Madness"8:32
16."Parallel Hell"4:05
17."The Court-Martial Scene"2:25
18."George Gets a Wakeup Call"2:15
19."Toad Away"4:36

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Simels, Steve (1993). Shoes for Industry: The Best of the Firesign Theatre (liner notes). Stereo Review. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  2. ^ Austin, Phil (1994). Back From the Shadows: The Firesign Theatre's 25th Anniversary Reunion Tour (liner notes). Retrieved February 19, 2019.