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16 Dec 2003 09:26 AM
    The Pixies are set to reform. Hopefully they'll visit Ireland where I'll get to see one of the last great bands perform - an opportunity I thought I'd never get. I persume I'm not the only one sharing this joy?!
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    16 Dec 2003 10:38 AM
    I'm always wary of when bands get back together, they usually split up for a good reason. That said, if they play in Ireland and the gig is even half as good as when Kim Deals' band The Breeders played in the Ambassador it will be fantastic.
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    16 Dec 2003 10:46 AM
    JOy TO the WorLd!!
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    16 Dec 2003 11:34 AM
    Up with that sort of thing! Where do you think they'll play - Point, Ambassador, Olympia, Vicar st -(now that would be good)?
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    16 Dec 2003 01:26 PM
    Almost certainly be The Point. I could easy name twenty people I know who'd be going. Demand will be through the roof for that gig.
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    16 Dec 2003 01:53 PM
    If the Pixies play I think I'll collapse - is there any truth in this rumour...I can't take a spoof like this??!!
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    17 Dec 2003 07:28 AM
    Apparently, they get together to jam regularly and feel there is "unfinished business" the way things were left. I think it was Frank Black who first mentioned the possibility of gigs in an interview over the summer. There is a new retrospective album due in spring and the rumours of gigs to coincide have been ratting around since it was announced. I think it'll happen and as Frank Black is always playing here, I'd hope they'll bring the show here.
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    17 Dec 2003 11:18 AM
    Pixies To Reform In April? A decade after a bitter breakup, seminal alternative rock act the Pixies may reunite next year. At deadline, rumors of a tour and a potential new studio album remain unconfirmed. The manger of frontman Frank Black (aka Black Francis) tells Billboard.com, "I have received an offer for the Pixies to perform in April. That said, over the past 10 years, I have received dozens of offers for the Pixies." A spokesperson for the group's former label, 4AD, had no comment on potential reunion plans. The group's last major tour came while supporting U2 on a number of U.S. dates on the 1992 Zoo TV trek. Goldenvoice Promotions head Paul Tollett tells Billboard.com he has tried to book the Pixies "every year" for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. "I still haven't made any movement," he reports. " not sure if they are speaking to each other." The Pixies -- vocalist/guitarist Black Francis, vocalist/bassist Kim Deal, lead guitarist Joey Santiago and drummer David Lovering -- released four albums and an EP over the course of five years in the late '80s/early '90s, providing a blueprint for the alternative rock boom that dominated the latter decade. In 1993, two years after the release of the group's final album, "Trompe Le Monde" (4AD/Elektra), Francis (real name: Charles Thompson) sent a press release to the media announcing the breakup of the Pixies. He went on to forge a solo career, now nine albums strong, as Frank Black. Deal found post-Pixies success with the Breeders, whose 1994 album "Last Splash" (4AD/Elektra) peaked at No. 33 on The Billboard 200 in 1994 and has sold 978,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Black has been incorporating Pixies songs into live performances with his band the Catholics with increasing regularity over the past few years. Songs like "Where Is My Mind?," "Mr. Grieves," "Crackity Jones," "Nimrod's Son," "Holiday Song" and "Gouge Away" have all surfaced in recent setlists, and a version of the latter recorded in April in Regina, Saskatchewan, appears on a new Frank Black & the Catholics EP, "Nadine," licensed this week by spinART exclusively to a number of independent U.S. retailers. In July, Black told London radio station XFM that he still fantasized about reuniting his old band. "I do dream about the Pixies reunion, I do have to say," he said. "It's like those schoolboy dreams when you don't do your homework and you don't study for the test, but I'm at the gig and we're hanging out, but it's an utter failure and I don't know the songs, and hardly anyone turns up for the gig and people walk out. That's what I'm afraid of, that it'd be a big, big failure." He added: "We might. We do get together and have private jams together, but not for public consumption." During the Pixies' career, the group never made a huge commercial dent (their top-selling album is 1989's "Doolitte" at 552,000 copies). But its impact on critics and fans was far reaching. A handful of collections of Pixies material have surfaced during the band's hiatus, including the 1997 Elektra double-CD set "Death to the Pixies," which featured favorites and live compilation discs. Last year, spinART Records released "Pixies," a collection of unreleased songs from the band's original 1987 demo tape.
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    18 Dec 2003 09:40 AM
    Saw them twice: firstly in the National Stadium on the Doolittle tour. I was 16 or 17, a frightening and exhilarating experience. Saw them again about two years later - in the Point on the Trompe Le Monde tour. Venue was terrible, sound was terrible, and they were all bored silly. Given the fact that Kim Deal and Charles apparently hate each other, not least the whole inevitable opportunism of "cashing in", I'd be sceptical, too.
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    18 Dec 2003 03:15 PM
    Heres an interesting little article I found on US music site pitchforkmedia: http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/news/03-09/10.shtml Pixies To Reunite For Tour In April 2004; New Album Possible John L. Ferrer and Will Bryant report: There's that rare time when a sarcastic, jaded music news site has to report without any sarcasm or irony. Short of the Velvet Underground, there's no band more beloved, more important, more cited as an influence in indie rock than the Pixies. Whether you're strictly a Doolittle man (surely one of the finest damn rock albums ever) or an obsessive who can name every Trompe le Monde b-side, the Pixies' contributions to the alternative rock canon are sacred texts, the alpha cell of a paisley-flecked v23 flowchart that, down various impeccably typeset branches, might lead to Nirvana, to the Breeders, to Throwing Muses, Guided By Voices, Modest Mouse, Trail of Dead, or Enon. Sadly, most of these revelations weren't made until after the band's prime. Since their reportedly messy and bloody demise in 1993, fans have signed on by the dozens-- based partially on the recommendation of Kurt Cobain, and partially by their desire to find something truly exuberant, legitimate, funny and weird in their music. Anyone born in the '80s might surely have at some point sighed and abandoned all hope of seeing the Pixies on stage at all. In a sense, the idea of a Pixies reunion has almost become a joke, the indie-kid version of "Yeah, when pigs fly." So when the report came in July that all four original members (that's Black Francis, Kim Deal, David Lovering, and Joey Santiago) have been secretly practicing together every couple of blue moons since the breakup, there was the first glimmer of hope. Now that the heavyhandedness is past, here comes the point. The glimmer is now a full-blown supernova. It's happening. In April. No dates yet, not even any quotes from the group's principals-- just a band spokesperson's promise to MTV, who broke the story. The source, who remains unnamed in MTV's story, also claims that if all goes well a studio album will follow. The Pixies. Are back. Together. Music is saved. Lovers of rock, unite and cheer. This is going to truly own.
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