The Pixies are coming back to town … well, most of them.
The quartet behind seminal '80s and '90s alt-rock classics like "Where Is My Mind?," "Here Comes Your Man" and "Dig for Fire" returns to the Joint on Sunday, February 23, part of a 33-date North American tour unveiled by the band this morning. Tickets cost $37 to $40 plus fees and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Surfy SoCal outfit Best Coast is scheduled to open.
The Pixies last played Las Vegas on September 25, 2010, when they performed 1989 album Doolittle in its entirety, along with other 10 other old songs. This time, the band will have a new EP, last month's EP1, at its disposal but will be without longtime bassist/vocalist Kim Deal, whose departure from the group was announced in June.
Frontman Black Francis (aka Frank Black) recently provided details in a Rolling Stone interview: "Kim walked in at some point and said, 'I'm flying home tomorrow.' She quit the band. It was an awkward moment. We didn't hug or shake hands or anything. [Guitarist] Joey [Santiago] and I just stood up and said, 'Okay.' Then we had to get out of there, so we immediately went to a bar. I had to move from coffee to alcohol."
Kim Shattuck, best known for fronting The Muffs, will hold down bass duties for the Pixies, joining original members Black, guitarist Joey Santiago and drummer David Lovering in the touring lineup.
A press release promises that "all of the Pixies dates on this tour will feature a brand new stage set and production, and will give the band an opportunity to not only debut brand new Pixies songs, but to offer the most wide-ranging concert set lists of Pixies music in the band's career."
And in case you're wondering, the band did not perform Deal's "Gigantic" at its recent European dates.