Pierced Arrows, Fred Cole, Toodie Cole photo by Deb Frazin

Deb Frazin Photo Column—Pierced Arrows

Aug 16, 2020

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As I was cleaning out my Dropbox, I came across some crappy iphone photos I shot of Pierced Arrows at The Bootleg Theater at the beginning of 2016. I remember arriving at the show early that night. My friend and I were the only ones standing outside talking; then along came Fred and Toodie, two of the nicest human beings you could ever meet. Always so appreciative of their fans. Always willing to take the time to talk to everyone and pose for photos. I knew Fred had recently been ill, so I didn’t want to bother them. We simply said hello, and asked if they needed any help loading in their equipment. 

They played a wonderful, intimate show. They played all my favorites. I wish I’d brought my camera with me that night, but I was a lazy photographer back then. I learned my lesson fast after this show. Always bring your camera to every show!

This was the last time I ever got to see them play, and all I have to show for it is this photo of Fred hamming it up for me as I snapped, and a very short clip of them singing “Running Out of Time.”

I loved you Fred, and I love every song you ever wrote. Thank you for writing one of my most favorite songs of all-time: “You Must Be a Witch.”