Pixies add 2nd leg to its North American 2023 world tour
Alt-rock icons Pixies announce the addition of Leg Two for its 2023 North American tour. With many dates on Leg One already sold out, Leg Two launches on June 8 and will see the band headlining in venues from Boston to Ohio to Texas, as well as making a special appearance at Bonnaroo on June 18. Also announced, the Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand, and American indie rockers Bully will be Special Guests on all Pixies’ Leg Two headline dates. Confirmed shows for Legs One and Two are below.
All North American dates are in support of Pixies’ latest album, Doggerel (BMG), and are part of the band’s 2022-2023 World Tour that launched last Spring and has seen the band playing to sold-out headline shows throughout the UK, Europe, South America, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.
As Pixies rehearse 90-100 songs before every tour, there are no predetermined set lists for any of the concerts, the band will play what they want when they want, and each “next” song is determined just before its first note is played. Consequently, every Pixies show is different. Pure Pixies.
Pixies North American Tour Dates:
5/4: Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
5/6: Golden State Theatre, Monterey, CA
5/8: The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
5/9: Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, NM
5/10: The Mission Ballroom, Denver, CO
5/12: Encore Theatre at Wynn, Las Vegas, NV
5/13: Encore Theatre at Wynn, Las Vegas, NV
5/12-14: Kilby Block Party, Utah State Park, Salt Lake City, UT (Festival)
6/8: MGM Music Hall at Fenway, Boston, MA
6/9: The Met, Philadelphia, PA
6/10: The Anthem, Washington, D.C.
6/12: Kemba Live!, Columbus, OH
6/13: Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
6/14: Andrew J. Brady Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
6/16: Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
6/17: Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville, NC
6/18: Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
6/20: Coca-Coca Roxy, Atlanta, GA
6/21: The Fillmore, New Orleans, LA
6/23: Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX
6/24: Southside Ballroom, Dallas, TX
6/25: Moody Amphitheater, Austin, TX
About the Pixies:
Pixies have been acclaimed as the most influential, pioneering band of the late ’80s alt/rock movement, having served as a major influence for artists like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, the Strokes, Weezer, and many more. And today, a whole new generation of music fans has been discovering and embracing the band’s “loudquietloud” signature sound. Quirky, catchy melodies have always been Pixies’ calling card; seven genre-defining studio albums, including the Gold-certified Surfer Rosa, and the iconic Platinum Doolittle, considered one of the all-time, quintessential alt/rock albums. Pixies’ live shows are unadulterated magic, simultaneously electrifying and lo-fi. Seventy-five minutes of the band playing anything they want, in whatever order they want, the classics and the new gems. And no two Pixies shows are ever the same.
After disbanding in 1993, Pixies launched their reunion tour in April 2004, playing to sell-out crowds across the globe for 15 years, a far longer period of time than they were a band originally. But writing, recording, and releasing new music was something that the band had been wanting to do for a long time, so they secretly booked studio time in Wales for the fall of 2012. Six days into the recording, founding bassist Kim Deal decided to leave the band; Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering made the decision to carry on, finishing and releasing the band’s first studio album in more than two decades, 2014’s Indie Cindy.
As a prolific international touring band, Francis, Santiago, Lovering began working with a number of touring bassists, including former A Perfect Circle bassist Paz Lenchantin, who came out on the road with the band in 2014 and continues to this day. In 2016, the band welcomed Lenchantin as an official Pixie. The four-piece are renowned for their emphatic live performances – where they play all four corners of the globe – their live sets regularly rack up to 30+ songs played – made even more impressive by the fact that there are no pre-planned setlists or soundchecks before the band walk onto the stage to play.
Twenty-sixteen’s Head Carrier followed (which was Lenchantin’s recording debut with the band), and marked the beginning of the band’s long-standing collaboration with British producer Tom Dalgety. Twenty-eighteen’s Beneath the Eyrie, the next full-length recording project with Dalgety, was recorded at Dreamland Studios near Woodstock, NY. The recording session was documented by the innovative “It’s a Pixies Podcast,” which captured a true un-edited record of the recording process. A deluxe edition followed, featuring unreleased demos from the Dreamland session.
Early 2022 saw the band and producer Dalgety settle into Guilford Studios in the woods of Vermont, armed with a true abundance of riches, more demos than were needed for the band’s eighth album, Doggerel. Pixies renewed musical fervor saw a stand-alone single, “Human Crime,” leap from the shadows in March 2022, and the band then headed out on the road to play sold-out shows in North America, headline BBC Radio 6 Music Festival in Cardiff, and play Mexico City’s Vive Latino festival to 70,000 people. Pixies’ first international tour since 2019 kicked off in late 2022, and will the band performing in Europe, South America, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
As the UK’s DIY put it, “God save the Pixies.”
Black Francis: Vocals + Guitar
Joey Santiago: Lead Guitar
Paz Lenchantin: Bass
David Lovering: Drums