Monday, April 26, 2004

The Pixies Reunion Tour

I was a little dubious when I first heard the news that The Pixies were getting back together to tour and record. When the band collapsed in the early ‘90’s, the break seemed so nasty that there was never any real expectation that this would happen. Frank Black’s solo career has been pretty successful, artistically if not commercially. But nonetheless, ten years after Black bolted the band vowing never to speak to Kim Deal again, they’re back at it and sounding a lot better than they have any right to.

The concerts I’ve heard have been excellent. Deal sounds sober, Frank Black sounds appropriately pissed and the band is pretty tight. A little ragged and out of tune on occasion, but this isn’t exactly chamber music. They blast through some of their best known songs, and some of the more obscure ones as well. Not much new material yet, supposedly that will be forthcoming.

How long will it last? Who knows… The Velvet Underground reunion tour imploded after a few months in 1993 while The Who’s ongoing tours have become a joke. Keep your fingers crossed.

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