On Tuesday, October 25, Pixies will kick off their 2016-2017 global tour with a quick run through California playing a handful of warm up club dates in Santa Cruz, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo and Ventura. Tickets go on sale to the Pixies Fan Club members today at 7:00AM PT; fan club members will receive an email with the password and then can log onto pixiesmusic.com to place their order. The general onsale will begin Friday, 10/14 at 10:00AM PT, with tickets also available via pixiesmusic.com .
These California shows, as well as the subsequent three-week tour of the UK and Europe, are in support of Pixies’ just-released album Head Carrier (September 30/Pixiesmusic/Play It Again Sam) and the album’s new single “Classic Masher,” #1 at AAA Radio and on the playlists of notable radio stations in Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Minneapolis, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh among others. Of the track, NPR‘s Jason Heller wrote “‘Classic Masher’…with its sharp hooks and big riffs, instantly launches itself into the Pixies’ pop-anthem canon…”
“We haven’t been on the road for about a year and a half, so doing these warm up dates will be a lot of fun,” said Pixies’ Black Francis. “We’re all very proud of the new album and are looking forward to playing some of the new songs live. We had a great time making ‘Head Carrier’ and are really happy about a lot of the feedback it’s gotten. Having Paz in the band has been great, she’s brought a whole new energy and made things fun again, and we’re excited about continuing to make more new music.”
Production for these warm-up dates will be bare-bones and stripped-down with focus on the rousing and raw, old-school urgency of the Pixies music. As typical of the Pixies, sets will likely change somewhat from night to night, and the band – Black Francis (guitar, vocals), Joey Santiago (guitars), David Lovering (drums), and newest member, bassist Paz Lenchantin – plan to perform a mix of the classics and tracks from the band’s recent releases.