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"How can I? Because I don't have a bigger pile of money? That's a bad attitude when you make your living as a musician. Hey, you're in. You're in the club, you're on tour, you make records, you get to sing with David Bowie on his 50th birthday. What more do you want? An island?"
(Frank Black on complaining - The Washington Post)




WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2005


If you missed what SPIN called 2004's "Comeback of the Year," you've got another chance - PIXIES - Frank Black (vocals, guitar), Kim Deal (bass, vocals), Joey Santiago (guitar), David Lovering (drums) - will kick off three weeks worth of U.S. tour dates beginning May 26 in Portland, Oregon. The trek will include concerts in many cities the band was unable to play during last year's reunion tour, certainly the hottest reunion in ages. On a handful of the tour stops, Pixies will do "double-headers" - an early and a late show (see below for specifics). In addition, the band has on its itinerary select music festival appearances, including the Sasquatch Festival in George, Washington, Atlanta's Music Midtown, and the CMJ Rock Hall Music Fest in Cleveland.

When SPIN bestowed its title on Pixies, the magazine vaulted the band past same-year reunions by the Cure, Duran Duran, Loretta Lynn and the Beastie Boys. SPIN's acknowledgement was focused on Pixies' live performances that were, as The Times in London put it in a 5-star review, "musically spellbinding."

Pixies kicked off their reunion tour a year ago, the first show being on April 13 in Minneapolis, MN, and over the ensuing eight months, shattered sales records around the world. The tour ended in December in New York City with 24,000 tickets sold for an unprecedented eight-night, sold-out run. During the reunion, Pixies recorded and made available their first brand-new song in thirteen years, "Bam Thwok," written by Kim Deal and sold exclusively through iTunes.

Pixies formed in Boston in 1986 and disbanded in 1992 after recording five albums and have since been acclaimed as one of the biggest influences on the alternative rock scene of the time. U2's Bono referred to the Pixies as " one of America's greatest bands ever," and David Bowie called their work " just about the most compelling music of the entire '80s."

With more dates and specifics to be announced, confirmed PIXIES 2005 tour dates are as follows:

26 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
(TWO shows, 6:00PM, 10:00PM, on sale now)
27 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
(TWO shows, 6:00PMPM, 10:00PM, on sale now)
28 Sasquatch Festival, Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA (on sale now)
30 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
(TWO SHOWS, 7:00PM, 11:30PM, on sale 4/17)

2 Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
(TWO shows, show times TBA, on sale 4/23)
5 Red Rocks, Denver, CO
(Show time and ticket info TBA)
8 CMJ Rock Hall Music Fest, Cleveland, OH (7:30PM show, on sale TBA)
8 Scene Pavilion, Cleveland, OH (9:00PM show, on sale TBA)
11 Music Midtown Festival (Miller Lite/99X Stage), Atlanta, GA
(tickets on sale now)
13 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Washington, D.C.
(Show time and ticket info TBA)
14 Jones Beach, Wantagh, Long Island, New York
(Show time and ticket info TBA)

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