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Pixies at the Fillmore, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Friday, October 6, 2017

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Pixies enjoy a hard-earned distinction as rock ‘n’ 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 year’s “Head Carrier.” It’s 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 Pixies’ current tour is a combination of victory lap and continued promotion for “Head Carrier,” as well as a step towards future endeavors -- including next year’s 30th anniversary of its lauded debut album, “Surfa Rosa”...

• All these years in, drummer David Lovering says the Pixies tour like the proverbial well-oiled machine. “I think it’s just from age,” Lovering, 55, explains by phone. “We’ve done this long enough that it’s easy to do. We don’t 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, we’ve been doing it long enough I think we know these songs inside-out, so we’ve just got to play with it, swing with it. It’s a lot easier.

• The band, meanwhile, is in as good a shape as it’s ever been, too, according to the drummer. “It’s wonderful,” says Lovering, who moonlights as a professional magician. “We’re having a blast. A lot of the reason is Paz. She’s been with us going on five years now. She’s 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 she’s been with us for that long. So we’re still behaving, walking on egg shells and behaving around her. But it’s wonderful. We’re really having a great time.”

• With “Head Carrier” out just over a year, the Pixies are already starting to think about the next project. “I think ever since we did ‘Indie Cindy’ (in 2014, the Pixies’ first new album in 23 years), getting over that ‘Head Carrier’ was easy to do. We feel like we’re a viable band again. So as soon as the tour is done we probably will start to do another one. There’s some songs from ‘Head Carrier,’ if not from ‘Indie Cindy,’ that we have floating around and stuff like that. WE have some kind of vague memory of them and ow to play them, so there’s a head start and when it comes time to do it everyone gets out their cases and goes from there.”

If You Go:

• Pixies and Sunflower Bean

• Friday, Oct. 6. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

• Tickets are $35-$75.

• Call 313-961-5451 or visit thefillmoredetroit.com.

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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