The Pixies

Comes a time in each career you need to breathe new life into yourself, your brand, your mind, your craft. That time has apparently arrived for the legendary and iconic Pixies. Hey at least I didn’t use the word “veterans.”

Building a New Story and a New Lineup

A new four-song Pixies EP released just last month. And that is part of the story. A huge tour is launching first thing next year, and to justify that mammoth undertaking, frontman Black Francis told the New York Times:  “If we’re going to keep touring like this, we need some kind of new story, a new life, something.”

The other big news is the loss of bassist Kim Deal after 25 years. There’s new bassist Kim Shattuck in place; it’s a loss for the band, but they will prevail. As guitarist Joey Santiago puts it: “I hate to say it, but I’m not going to let one snafu get in the way. It’s time to put on the guitar. It’s time to shine. No one is going to take that away from me.”

Portland’s Pixies date is set for Feb. 19, 2014 at The Schnitzer. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 11.

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