The Pixies has remained one of the late 80’s greatest groups, and in the punk and garage rock genres, they have reinvented the loud/soft dynamics and remained an immortal influence on most major styles of rock, including grunge, new wave, the punk revival, and indie.
There is no getting around the fact that the group’s absolute magnum opus is 1989’s Doolittle, andis the album that largely brought the Pixies out of retirement. This album spawned one of the most acclaimed tours in recent memory, and it is the album that reinvented the way punk rock is forever approached.
The band knows this well enough to add nearly half of their setlist with material from this acclaimed 1989 release. This includes “Monkey Gone to Heaven,” “Hey,” “Wave of Mutilation,” “Tame,” and “Crackity Jones” among roughly five others. The band nearly always plays at least eight Doolittle tracks, which comes to nearly the entire album, but they switch the songs out. For example, “Mr. Grieves” is not performed on every set, but the heavy hits reliably appear every time out, making Doolittle the centerpiece of their live show, even all these years deep.
The band sprinkles one or two tracks from their other albums into the mix. For example, Trompe Le Monde’s “The Sad Punk” shows up. The group recently released a series of three EP’s, which they physically released together as the sort of’ triple album, Indie Cindy. Though this is the Indie Cindy tour, the band only manages to squeeze in four or so tracks from the release, including “Bagboy” and “What Goes Boom,” the latter only appearing half of the time.
Something Against You
Wave of Mutilation
Brick Is Red
Here Comes Your Man
La La Love You
Greens and Blues
Isla de Encanta
Monkey Gone to Heaven
The Sad Punk
Where Is My Mind?
How long is a The Pixies concert?
The Pixies has a lot of really short times and rather compact setlists, despite the fact they change around almost every night. The setlist is about a solid 90 minutes.
Who is opening the show?
Royal Blood is a punk garage rock band with a sound similar to that of the White Stripes or Arctic Monkeys. The group, like many bands of their kind, debuted with a self-titled album. Theirs released in mid 2014 to rave reviews.
A punk band from Los Angeles known as Fidlar will be opening the earlier run of shows in 2014. The group is on Mom + Pop, an independent imprint that houses such absurdly fun groups as Sleigh Bells and Metric. The band is touring on the back of their debut full length album, and they perform for about 30 minutes,.
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How do I get access to presale tickets for The Pixies’ tour?
The Pixies does not make any official presale announcements on their website, but they do work through Facebook with infrequent presale announcements. Interestingly, only 10% of all tickets are ever made for presale, which makes them sell out rather quick. The band has also been known to make presale announcements on their Twitter page, so stay updated there to grab great offers directly from the group’s presale platform.
You can always visit the ever-reliable American Express Entertainment platform for presales, but you need an American Express card to obtain the tickets.
“After the sing-alongs of their biggest hits Where is my Mind? and Gigantic , Deal again takes to the mic with this little coda that was as memorable as anything they played, when she address the other members individually telling them that she wanted a chance to tell them goodnight in case she doesn’t get a chance to later. So as they were all telling each other goodnight a la The Waltons , she then faces the crowd and says ” Goodnight everybody” with a tone that made it seem like this is the only time on tour that this has happened.” – Giovanni Galluci of Jam Magazine
“For the first of their three-night stay at the Bowery Ballroom, The Pixies, thankfully, showed that plenty has remained the same for the beloved Massachusetts alternative deity despite a lineup shake-up and a noticeable absence. They’re fresh on the heels of EP-1, their first release since which was worked into their 75-minute setlist as easily as the memorizing favorites the crowd came to see.” – Hilary Hudges of The Village Voice
“But this is where we are, with three original members left on board. Joey Santiago still scorches on guitar. Drummer David Lovering still blasts away (it was also a delight to hear him sing lead on “La La Love You”). And Black Francis is still a ferocious vocalist whose primal cackles rival any in rock music. The band is a live machine, fit as can be, with setlists that change every night.” – Jason Harris of Las Vegas Weekly
Doolittle: The Last Year Tour 2013
Tour Opening Acts: Best Coast
Started September 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California | Ended September 20, 2013 in New York, New York
Doolittle Lost Cities Tour 2011
Tour Opening Acts: Rain Machine
Started April 22, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan | Ended November 21, 2011 in Santa Cruz, California
The Pixies 2010
Tour Opening Acts: Black Gold, Mew
Started September 7, 2010 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania | Ended September 26, 2010 in La Jolla, California
The Doolittle 20th Anniversary Tour
Tour Opening Acts: Bad Lieutenant, No Age
Started November 4, 2009 in Hollywood, California | Ended December 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California
The Pixies Reunion Tour 2005
Tour Opening Acts: the Catholics
Started May 28, 2005 in George, Washington | Ended October 1, 2005 in Brooklyn, New York
The Pixies 2004 Warm Up Tour
Tour Opening Acts: Lovering
Started April 13, 2004 in Minneapolis, Minnesota | Ended December 18, 2004 in New York, New York
The Pixies Trompe le Monde Tour
Tour Opening Acts: NA
Started January 25, 1992 in Madison, Wisconsin | Ended April 21, 1992 in Tacoma, Washington