Posted in music | tour dates on July 5, 2011

"The thing about 'Doolittle,'" said Santiago, the band's guitarist, "is that it's still as fresh today as it was when we recorded it. I loved it then and I love it now."

Pixies at Hammerstein Ballroom in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Pixies

The Pixies celebrated the 20th anniversary of Doolittle on a 2009 tour that included 4 NYC dates. They've since continued touring the album and are now embarking on another Doolittle run that they're dubbing the "Lost Cities" US tour. The tour will hit smaller cities in the US that the initial tour didn't stop in. Surfer Blood open most of the tour and Imaginary Cities open the last few dates.

"Two years and counting in this celebration of Doolittle's 20th anniversary," laughed drummer Lovering. "But people keep asking us to bring 'Doolittle' to their city, and we're really happy to do it."
The tour will start in Montclair, NJ, where the band will play on October 27 at Wellmont Theatre with Surfer Blood. The tour moves to Asbury Park the next day and then to CT before continuing to NH, ME, Rochester. It then hits Easton, PA and then Huntington, NY. No NYC dates, but lots of options for those willing to take a short trip. Tickets for all shows go on sale on July 15th.

Speaking of Surfer Blood and the Pixies, Surfer Blood recently covered "Gigantic" for A/V Undercover with Sarah Baldwin from The Girls at Dawn on lead vocals. Watch that below.

"We are all big fans of Surfer Blood," said Pixies' Black Francis. "They're a young and energetic band and write great songs. And it will be terrific to have Imaginary Cities back on the road with us. They were a big success on our Canadian tour earlier this year."
Black Francis has shows coming up too including July 24 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are still available.

All Pixies tour dates with more info on what to expect at the shows, and that video, below...

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Surfer Blood - "Gigantic" (Pixies cover) on A/V Undercover

MORE INFO:

On the "Doolittle Tour," the band will perform all of the songs from their 1989 classic Doolittle and its related B-sides. "Weird at My School," "Dancing the Manta Ray," and "Bailey's Walk" among them. Doolittle, rated the second-best album of all-time by the NME, was the band's third album and the first to chart on Billboard's album charts, and includes classics such as "Debaser," "Wave of Mutilation," "Here Comes Your Man," "Hey," and "Gouge Away."

"The thing about 'Doolittle,'" said Santiago, the band's guitarist, "is that it's still as fresh today as it was when we recorded it. I loved it then and I love it now."

An imaginative cinematic production has been created for The Doolittle Tour. Designed by long-time Pixies lighting designer Myles Mangino and designer Paul Normandale, the set features four huge, undulating, eyeball-like spheres flown just below the lighting rig and are part of the concert's light show. Filmmakers Judy Jacobs, Tom Winkler, Brent Felix and Melinda Tupling were brought on board to create 12 films especially for the production. The films are projected onto a massive backdrop video screen to accompany 12 of the 21 songs that comprise the show.

As an example, visuals accompanying the song "Debaser" are from a compilation titled "Forbidden Images." The hauntingly beautiful black and white footage from the 1920s depicts the beginning of the women's rights movement, showing women's exuberant playfulness, femininity and sensuality. The footage, a little too progressive for its time period, was originally banned from theaters.

For "Here Comes Your Man," a four-way split screen displays close up images of the band members dancing along to the song; "I Bleed" sees blood dripping down the screen in time to the music; "Hey" features hand-drawn animation of the song's lyrics by Hollywood animator Tom Winkler; clouds, black holes, and Mankind's arrogance destroying the Earth are the focus for "Monkey Gone to Heaven," while "La La Love You" is a humorous animated piece starring hearts with legs.

The concert opens with the showing of the 1929 silent surrealist short film, "Un Chien Andalou," which was produced in France by Spanish director Luis Bunuel and artist Salvador Dali, and provided the impetus for Black Francis in writing "Debaser."

Since the "Doolittle Tour" kicked off in Dublin nearly two years ago, the Pixies have perfected the extravaganza, playing to sold-out crowds in Ireland, Scotland, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and to 20,000 fans over four nights in London. The band then first brought "Doolittle" to America in November 2009 where it played multiple-night sell-outs from Los Angeles to Chicago to New York, then again in the fall of 2010 where it criss-crossed the country, also to capacity crowds. Earlier this year, "Doolittle" played 18 Canadian dates, the most extensive tour the band had done there. The tour has received five-star reviews in the [London] Times, the Guardian and the Independent, and the U.S. press loved the show as well: "'Doolittle' still plants the freak flag in alt-rock's twilight zone, where lullabies meet blasphemy, waves of mutilation pound forests into driftwood, and all good monkeys go to heaven." "...an almost indescribable joy..." Canada's National Post called the show "dazzling," theMontreal Gazette said "It was absolutely wonderful," while the Ottawa Sun described the event as "a night of surrealistic musical fantasies."

"We've been together now longer than we were originally," added Lovering. "And to be honest, we're amazing that people still want to see us. We're very fortunate to be out there and doing shows, and that there is a demand for us."

Tickets for the October 27th show at The Wellmont Theatre will go on sale to the general public Friday, July 15th at 12PM. Ticket prices are: $55.00. Tickets will be available at tickets.com, charge by phone 877-WELLMNT or at The Wellmont Theatre box office. For more info go to www.wellmonttheatre.com

Dates for the Pixies' Fall 2011 leg of the "Doolittle World Tour" are as follows:
Pixies -- 2011 Tour Dates
OCTOBER 27 The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ *
OCTOBER 28 Asbury Park Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ *
OCTOBER 29 Palace Theatre, Waterbury, CT *
OCTOBER 30 Hampton Beach Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH *
NOVEMBER 1 State Theatre, Portland, ME *
NOVEMBER 2 The Armory, Rochester, NY *
NOVEMBER 3 State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, PA *
NOVEMBER 5 Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY *
NOVEMBER 6 Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE *
NOVEMBER 8 War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro, NC *
NOVEMBER 9 Louisville Palace Theatre, Louisville, KY *
NOVEMBER 10 Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN *
NOVEMBER 11 North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston, SC *
NOVEMBER 14 Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN +
NOVEMBER 15 Bricktown Events Center, Oklahoma, OK +
NOVEMBER 16 Santa Fe Center, Sante Fe, NM +
NOVEMBER 18 Fox Theatre, Bakersfield, CA +
NOVEMBER 20 The Uptown Theatre, Napa, CA +
NOVEMBER 21 Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA +
* w/ Surfer Blood
+ w/ Imaginary Cities

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Comments (48)

Wish someone better than Surfer Blood was opening. Why not Screaming Females??

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 11:56 AM

Surfer Blood has gotten 10000000x times better in the past year.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 11:57 AM

so october 22-26 dates in nyc?

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 11:58 AM

11:57 - Surfer Blood sucked opening for GBV a few weeks ago. And that's coming from a fan...

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 11:59 AM

Most cynical reunion ever.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 11:59 AM

SAY NO TO FAT ROCK!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:05 PM

Just keep that gravy train chugging, right into Francis' fat mouth.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:11 PM

Bitch all you want, but I will def. hit up one of these shows. Leaning towards Wellmont, as the sound in Asbury is god awful. Kind of wish they would have played the seated venue there instead.. Saw them in Camden, and three times in NYC.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:16 PM

The Paramount Theater in Huntington isn't even open yet (Used to be the IMAC, which closed in 2009). If this is the kind of shows they are going to have there, I am going to be one happy mofo.

Posted by Kurt C. | July 5, 2011 12:18 PM

Fat rock degrades us all...

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:21 PM

is it because they are on the same label??? I wonder...

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:23 PM

What great timing. I just sold my car a week ago.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:26 PM

huntington?? really

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:27 PM

1227 fr real

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:30 PM

there oughta be a mandatory retirement age

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:34 PM

12:05 12:21: a lot of closet cases here caring way too much about how other men look.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:43 PM

12:34 yup. How anyone in 2011 could possibly care about this tub of shit is beyond me.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:45 PM

they are so pathetic. Just playing the old songs over and over and over and over.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:46 PM

^ You cared enough to post here.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:46 PM

Haha old suburban people are going to drive to huntington to see this lard ass.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:49 PM

The old songs still sound better than all the new hipster bands that sound like shitty versions of the Beach Boys Pet Sounds.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:51 PM

^typical old person talk

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:55 PM

always wanted to see them but never had the chance - good music never gets old even if the players do - lighten up!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:56 PM

^Tell Frank Black to lighten up

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:59 PM

For the record, how old is old? If we're talking 30s--that's not old. 40s?-eh.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 1:01 PM

The last round of shows were joyless and phoned-in. Kim looked like the only one who actually wanted to be there. Frank looked like he would've rather been anywhere else. Preserve your memories/fantasies and avoid, IMO.

Posted by Funonymous | July 5, 2011 1:13 PM

Paramount Theatre in Huntington!!!!!!! Good to see this place will be booking decent acts..

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 1:27 PM

I would still make sweet love to Kim Deal all night long, Johnny Gan style

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 1:28 PM

1:28 you have a strong stomach to even be able to contemplate relations w/ that pig. #endfatrock

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 1:30 PM

looking forward to the wellmont show... fewer BV-commenting douchebags to ruin it!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 2:12 PM

^ Agreed.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 2:17 PM

Nothing like forking over 80 bucks or whatever to watch a bunch of people who hate each other and have no interest in creating anything anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 2:17 PM

don't the pixies have enough money?

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 2:22 PM

Isn't this the sad old rock UCB comedy kids listen too?

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 2:39 PM

I wanted to post this anonymously here because my boyfriend never reads this site's comments anymore and I figured there would be enough guys around to give me their take.

Me and my boyfriend have been together for four years now. He's smart, attractive, successful, a great lover and has always treated me great, been there for me and me likewise but lately I've been having the urge to try something different before he asks me to marry him. I definitely plan on saying yes when he does, but I also think this may be my last opportunity to experience being a single woman before we get fully, fully committed.

Is it selfish of me to ask this of him or am I being completely reasonable? Really what I want is one last wild fling with a well hung guy just to feel what it's like.

Please be as critical or helpful as you wish! Thanks :)

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 2:54 PM

2:54
You came to the right place
I think that Frank Black is the man you need
If I wuz u, I would get one of those Wellmont tickets, and throw your panties on the stage right when they start Gouge Away

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 2:59 PM

Just ignore the loser spam.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 3:20 PM

huntington, NY? lololololol

have fun coming to long island everybody. i dare you to take the train (it's not even CLOSE to walking distance from the venue). make sure to go to little vincent's and play darts with your local bro

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 4:59 PM

take the train to huntington and cop heroin in the parking lot of the train station before you go see the frank black is fat and loves money tour!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 7:55 PM

huge surprise this huntington show..... train to huntington isn't too bad, but you will have to cab it to the venue.

Posted by jrosa | July 5, 2011 9:02 PM

Long Island... Also known as, The Gateway to Hell.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 9:27 PM

Dear God that Surfer Blood cover is horrible. I only made it to the :59 second mark and I already have blood in my stool... surfer blood?

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 10:02 PM

So, 9:27, does that mean Hell is New York City or the Atlantic Ocean?

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 10:16 PM

Hey 10:02 have you tried MEHtamucil?

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 10:29 PM

how much is the LIRR these days? $10? $15? not worth it dot com

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 3:38 AM

2:12:

Yeah, but more privileged Montclair shitbags to balance it out.

Wish they weren't still doing "Doolittle," though.

Posted by J du Bois | July 7, 2011 12:20 PM

Dear God that Surfer Blood cover is horrible. I only made it to the :59 second mark and I already have blood in my stool... surfer blood?

Posted by forums | August 16, 2011 8:05 PM

Haha old suburban people are going to drive to huntington to see this lard ass.

Posted by Chincuanco | January 8, 2013 12:47 PM

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