Posted in music | tour dates on September 29, 2009

"Free Fallin" @ MHOW - Sept 20, 2009
Free Fallin

"I was on a stage with a mess of other musicians. Bright lights were shining all around. I was standing in the center in front of the drum riser at The Williamsburg Music Hall in Brooklyn. Between me and upturned faces of the audience was a wall of people. Some were old friends and some were new friends. Directly in front of me was Mark Mulcahy, to my right on the far side of the stage was Lesa Bezo with Philip and Flora from the Winterpills and Naomi Hamby from Spouse. They were circled around a microphone singing through smiles. Behind them was Jason Bourgeois in front of a Nord Keyboard, next to him was Ray Neal from Miracle Legion with a guitar, on my left was Dan Greene of Butterflies of Love and Kevin O'Rourke of Lo Fine and Jose Ayerve of Spouse. Next to Mark was Pat Sansone of Autumn Defense and Wilco. Strewn all around me were members of Gravel Pitt, David Berkeley, Chris Harford, BP Helium, The Parkway Charlies, Senator, Spouse, Lofine, The Mericans, Jeff Ginsburg, Biet and Gryphon, The Autumn Defense, Winterpills, Butterflies of Love, and The Gravel Pit. Directly behind me was the smiling face of Brian at the drums. He was surrounded by people shaking and banging on whatever they could find. Sitting on the drum riser behind him with a guitar was Frank Black and we were all singing, "I'm freeeee. Free fallin'!"

What the?....

It was the finale of a long, night of music. It was an "all-star" jam, folks. The only things missing were Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, and Paul Shaffer.

The day before, I spoke to Mark on the phone and he asked me if Brian and I could be in charge of the encore finale thing. "What song?" I asked. "Free Fallin'" He replied. Then we laughed.

The event was called Ciao My Shining Star and was a concert in memorial of Melissa Mulcahy and in tribute to Mark Mulcahy's music. Over seventeen acts were lined up to perform in a three and a half hour show. Everyone got about ten minutes. It was remarkably organized and on time. This was due in large part to the tireless effort put in by Richard Murray and Myles Mangino and also to the camaraderie of all those involved..." [Henning]

That's part of a review by one of the musicians involved in the September 20th benefit show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It's the same show that the new Thom Yorke video debuted at, and as henning points out, included Frank Blank of the reunited-again Pixies. Videos from from that are below, and a similar show will happen at Toad's Place in CT on November 13th.

Pixies have added a fourth LATE NYC show at Hammerstein Ballroom to their November touring itinerary. The new date, Thanksgiving - November 26th @ 1:00am (actually a 2nd, later show Wednesday night?), goes on sale Friday @ 10am.

Frank Black - Bill Jocko & Cactus @ MHOW



Comments (20)

thanksgiving night? oh, i'm not doing anything then. wait....

great fucking scheduling guys.

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2009 2:24 PM

ok, wait - trying to figure this out. so it's actually a late show.

"Thu, Nov 26, 2009 01:00 AM"
"Doors open at 11:45pm."

Do they mean doors at 11:45pm on November 25th? If so, then it's actually two shows on Wednesday night (Thanksgiving Eve). Probably that's it?

Posted by brooklynvegan | September 29, 2009 2:33 PM

great so they are going to phone in the 1st show that night (which is the one i have tix to)

fat, old jerks

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2009 2:39 PM

why is the later show more money than the others?
The pixies are greedy

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2009 2:40 PM

greedy awesome

i can't think of a band i'd rather see in 1987

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2009 2:53 PM

for the price of these tickets, they had better play for about three hours each set.

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2009 2:55 PM

"great so they are going to phone in the 1st show that night"

Don't worry, they phone in every show. Back in 2004, they also did a two show night (8 shows in 7 nights).

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2009 2:58 PM

You're calling them greedy right under a description of a BENEFIT show Frank Black just played.

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2009 3:05 PM

maybe frank black alone might not be greedy but frank black with 3 other pixies = greedy

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2009 3:19 PM

this show was AWEOSME

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2009 3:29 PM

i heard they aren't good live anymore. is this true?

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2009 4:57 PM

HamMEHstein Ballroom.

Posted by Venkman | September 29, 2009 5:08 PM

they are still great. they come out, blast away (gouge away?), and leave. don't expect video screens, dancing, or costumes, just the pixies rocking. and yes, they are only in it for the money but they aren't hateful or bitter or bad.

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2009 6:23 PM

Frank makes a good point - it's their songs, they have a right to play em live, and it's their living. If people don't want to pony up the $ to see em, then they can spend their $ elsewhere. Judging by the hundreds folks are willing to spend on scalped tickets, I'm guessing enough still want to see them.

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2009 10:07 PM

paying $60 for a ticket at hammerstein and i have absolutely no problem with that, why? because i love the pixies and this will be a great show, if you don't like the prices, then shaddap and don't buy em

Posted by Slob | September 30, 2009 12:19 AM

will there be openers?

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2009 12:29 AM

Bad Lieutenant is opening all the NY shows except the 1 AM thanksgiving show, which will have no opener.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2009 1:22 AM

anyone wants to exchange two mezzanine tickets for the 25th show? i want floor tickets. please mailme at

Posted by Lyra Silvertongue | September 30, 2009 12:45 PM

Bad Lieutenant the ex-New Order band are opening??? Hell Yeah!

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2009 12:58 PM

will there be openers?

Posted by lv | October 17, 2009 12:24 PM

Leave a Comment