Watching Boston’s The Pixies tour their third album, Doolittle, back in 1989 was something I’d never have imagined happening in 2011. Yet they’ll be doing it again, performing the album in its entirety along with several B-sides and hopefully a ton of audience requests come encore time.

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Being a Pixies fan in the digital age means subscribing to their site and letting the news come to your inbox. The band begins their Canadian tour in Halifax and will wind down with two shows at our beloved Orpheum Theatre, on May 3rd and 4th. As I trolled Ticketmaster’s site yesterday at 10 AM, I watched tickets for their first show fly out the window. Just over an hour later, not a seat was left to be had.

This stands as testament to how many fans have come to adore the band and have seen it through 25 years of touring and album releases.

Pixies Doolittle tour ticket

As I write this post, I’m listening to the CD and was further motivated to dig out my massive ticket stub collection in order to find the LA show of the same tour—so many memories. Bob Mould (of Hüsker Dü fame) opened for the show and made that night one to remember!

The Pixies are Black Francis (vocals and guitar), Joey Santiago (guitar), Kim Deal (bass guitar and vocals) and David Lovering (drums). They formed in Boston in 1986, disbanded in 1993, and reunited in 2004. Their history began when undergrads Joey Santiago and Black Francis shared a dorm room at the University of Massachusetts, bonded over music, and started to jam together.


  • Comment by gina t — January 28, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    Oh man, this is gonna be an awesome show! Can’t WAIT till May.

  • Comment by Eileen — January 28, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    Pixies live! Saw them in Chicago years ago. Missed out on tickets for the first show but luckily I got ’em in time for the second!! 🙂

  • Comment by Steve Z. — January 28, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

    Hope the band’s as tight as they were back in the day. Got my tickets too…

  • Comment by Eileen — January 28, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

    Oh yeah, I saw them in ’92.

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