It was the second visit to The Orpheum in as many years and third overall during that time for the Pixies, a highly influential band whose beginnings are deeply intertwined with the embryonic stages of the Alternative Rock Scene in the mid to latter half of the 80’s and whose sound inspired a new generation of rock musicians to aspire to something superior than what was then considered the mainstream sound. As many would agree, the Pixies were the perfect band to embody teenage angst in their early years and as much as we’d like to say things have gotten better, the truth is that things haven’t for the youth of today, and so it is logical that the Pixies, after decades of being together or apart, took to the stage again to a sold out Orpheum hall.

Somewhere in the ’90’s, the band chose to take separate paths, singer Black Francis turned changed his name to Frank Black and went on to work with guitarist Joey Santiago on some solo material while bassist Kim Deal went on to her own project, The Breeders. The Pixies eventually reformed to tour again in 2003, about 10 years after their break, with tours around the world including stops at both Coachella and Lollapalooza. The years between 2010 and 2011 saw the band tour with a set dedicated to the album Doolittle and the b-Sides to sold out theaters around the world.

In 2013, the band announced the departure of Kim Deal from their ranks. There has been much speculation over Kim’s decision to leave the group, however one explanation may be that because Kim was on tour with The Breeders for much of 2013, she may have just wanted a break from touring. Regardless of the reasons, The Pixies have stressed that Kim Deal has not been replaced. However, in her place on this tour, bassists Kim Shattuck and Paz Lenchantin have both toured in turn.[/column]

This most recent tour is in support of their latest releases, EP1 (2013) and EP2 (2014) -selections of new material which finely balance the harmonious and discordant in ways very similar to their earlier work while equally adding to their legacy.

To find out more about Pixies, including their upcoming tour dates, kindly visit the official website for the band: www.pixiesmusic.com or follow them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pixiesofficial.

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