Concert Reports



12/12/2017, Fremont Theater, San Luis Obispo

Pixies return to The Fremont Theater! Legendary band sells out historic venue and are touring in support of their second post-reunion release, Head Carrier out now.


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Pixies’ live shows are unadulterated magic - simultaneously electrifying and lo-fi with focus on the music with almost no between-song banter. On this tour, fans can expect 75-minutes of Pixies playing “anything they want,” one song right after the other, chosen from all points of their career, the classics and the new gems. Artists like Bono, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain and David Bowie knew what they were saying when they heaped praise on Pixies’ immense influence and rich contribution to music. This is a band that gives its concert audiences sweet memories of the past while continuing to evolve with relevancy.


With the April/May Leg One of Pixies' 2017 North American tour having sold out, and the band’s just-wrapping UK/European tour SRO as well, the band's five-week North American Leg Two kicked off on September 19 in New Haven, CT. Leg three launched on November 30 with three shows in Portland, OR and the band is making stops along the North American west coast. The Orwells are providing support for the first part of Leg Two with Whitney joining the band for the second part. Pixies - Joey Santiago/guitar, Black Francis/guitar & vocals, David Lovering/ drums, and bassist Paz Lenchantin - are touring in support of their second post-reunion release, Head Carrier (Play It Again Sam, 9/30/16). Tickets are on sale now – log onto for all purchasing info.


Legs Two and Three are featuring a brand new stage set designed by the band's longtime production manager Simon Foster and lighting designer Myles Mangino. The design is simple and sleek and fashioned around special pods that are positioned behind the band, housing all of the lighting. Fans can expect a set list comprised of the classics and catalogue rarities as well as newer songs from Indie Cindy and the band's latest release, Head Carrier. As is the Pixies' norm, there will be no firm setlist for any of the shows. The band has rehearsed and is prepared to play nearly 90 songs from all points of their career, and what is played on any given night is determined mere seconds in advance. Either via hand signals or a live onstage mic that feeds only to the band members and lighting director Mangino, Black Francis calls out what the next song will be. On the nightly customization of the sets, Black Francis recently told Live Nation's, "The best is when you can sense what the next song should be based on the atmosphere in the room. That's really, ultimately what we're going for, to read the room and to be able to make the right choice." Added drummer Lovering, "Not having a set list also it makes it exciting for us, an adventure."





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Pixies and Weezer have announced a massive, co-headline seven-week North American tour for summer 2018. Presented by Live Nation, the tour has dates starting June 23 in Tampa, Florida and will wrap in Phoenix, Arizona on August 12. The Wombats will support as first of three from June 23 – July 15, with support for the tour’s second half to be announced shortly. Though Weezer and Pixies have shared stages in the past, this marks their first full tour together. Tickets are on sale now; head to or for all ticket purchasing details.


“We’re all big Weezer fans,” said Pixies’ Black Francis, “so we’re really looking forward to this summer. We have a lot of respect for Weezer, they’re not afraid to take risks with their music.”


The tour comes on the heels of the release of Weezer’s acclaimed eleventh studio album, Pacific Daydream, this past Friday. With love from the likes of the New York Times, NPR Music, Q Magazine, and more, as well as a no. 1 Alternative single in the album’s song “Feels Like Summer,” Pacific Daydream is a brilliant addition to the band’s already much-loved discography. The band celebrated the album’s release with a performance of their new single “Happy Hour” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert . Their tour with Pixies will see them playing a mix of new songs and classics from their revered 25-career catalogue, featuring countless chart-topping hits that have made them one of the world’s greatest bands.


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