The Pixies Signal World Tour Featuring New Songs, Replaced Kim Deal
It’s pretty hard to believe that it hasn’t been much longer since the Pixies reunited in 2004 than it had been since that time and when they broke up in 1991. Since 2004, the group has toured sporadically, but only released two new recordings — one a Warren Zevon cover.
But the band has now released a new song — “Bagboy,” though it also has apparently lost founding member Kim Deal. The group moves on with new bassist Kim Shattuck, who will join the legendary indie group on a tour starting in September.
So far, only the European dates have been released for the upcoming world tour. Those start with a September 29 date in Paris, and go through a November 24 concert in London. Other cities on the tour include Amsterdam, Berlin, Madrid, Stockholm and Dublin.
“Bagboy” represents the first new song from the group since 2004’s “Bam Thwok,” and frontman Black Francis said fans can expect some new songs on tour. The group currently is rehearsing for the upcoming gigs in Los Angeles.
“Along with everyone’s favorites, we’ll be playing songs that we haven’t played in ages or never played live before,” Francis said. “Songs like ‘Brick is Red,’ ‘Havalina,’ ‘Tony’s Theme.’ and ‘Sad Punk.’ We’ve probably rehearsed some 80 songs, so we’ll be able to change up the set at the last minute if we feel like it. We’re all really looking forward to this tour.”
However, he did not specify if this means there will be an upcoming album, which would be the first since 1991’s Trompe le Monde. It has been reported that Deal had been reluctant to release a new Pixies album, so adding the new bassist may free up the possibilities. Shattuck has fronted L.A. band the Muffs for five albums.
Whether a new Pixies album is a good thing or not is another story. While myself and many, many others would love to hear some new music from the band, any release inherently risks tarnishing an extremely solid (and now-classic) discography.