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Pixies at the Fillmore, 3 Things To Know
Pixies enjoy a hard-earned distinction as rock ânâ roll mainstays.
During two tenures, from 1986-93 and since 2004, the alt.rock quartet has fortified its influential and even iconic status with regular touring and music making, right up to last yearâs âHead Carrier.â Itâs endured some upheavals -- notably the departure of founding bassist Kim Deal in 2013, her spot now filled by Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, Zwan) -- but keeps pushing forward undeterred by either circumstances or trend.
The Pixiesâ current tour is a combination of victory lap and continued promotion for âHead Carrier,â as well as a step towards future endeavors -- including next yearâs 30th anniversary of its lauded debut album, âSurfa Rosaâ...
â˘ All these years in, drummer David Lovering says the Pixies tour like the proverbial well-oiled machine. âI think itâs just from age,â Lovering, 55, explains by phone. âWeâve done this long enough that itâs easy to do. We donât even do sound checks; We have our crew do that, so every night is just an adventure, I would say. We pull it off. Again, weâve been doing it long enough I think we know these songs inside-out, so weâve just got to play with it, swing with it. Itâs a lot easier.
â˘ The band, meanwhile, is in as good a shape as itâs ever been, too, according to the drummer. âItâs wonderful,â says Lovering, who moonlights as a professional magician. âWeâre having a blast. A lot of the reason is Paz. Sheâs been with us going on five years now. Sheâs a Pixies member. To us, to the men -- myself and Charles (Thompson) and Joey (Santiago) -- she still feels like the new woman in the band, even though sheâs been with us for that long. So weâre still behaving, walking on egg shells and behaving around her. But itâs wonderful. Weâre really having a great time.â
â˘ With âHead Carrierâ out just over a year, the Pixies are already starting to think about the next project. âI think ever since we did âIndie Cindyâ (in 2014, the Pixiesâ first new album in 23 years), getting over that âHead Carrierâ was easy to do. We feel like weâre a viable band again. So as soon as the tour is done we probably will start to do another one. Thereâs some songs from âHead Carrier,â if not from âIndie Cindy,â that we have floating around and stuff like that. WE have some kind of vague memory of them and ow to play them, so thereâs a head start and when it comes time to do it everyone gets out their cases and goes from there.â
If You Go:
â˘ Pixies and Sunflower Bean
â˘ Friday, Oct. 6. Doors open at 7 p.m.
â˘ The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.
â˘ Tickets are $35-$75.
â˘ Call 313-961-5451 or visit thefillmoredetroit.com.
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