Friday 23 May 2014 at 8:00pm
1 Macquarie Street, Sydney, 2000, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9250 7111
In a tradition of Australian premieres, one-off commissions and residencies with contemporary music’s most influential artists, Vivid LIVE now welcomes indie-rock luminaries - Pixies - for a rare series of exclusive, intimate performances, finally bringing 'the cornerstone of modern rock' (the Guardian) back for a fiery festival opening in 2014.
Renowned as Kurt Cobain's favourite group and worshipped by generation-defining artists such as Radiohead, David Bowie, Pearl Jam, PJ Harvey and Pavement, the Boston band's surrealist bend on noise, psychedelia and surf-rock has proved peerless for a near 30 years. With iconic songs such as 'Here Comes Your Man', 'Monkey Gone to Heaven', 'Debaser' and 'Gigantic', Pixies became one of 4AD's defining bands of the '90s – enrapturing misfit nations with themes of space, sex, dysfunction and pure pop culture voyeurism.
After disbanding in 1993, Pixies launched its reunion tour in April 2004, selling out virtually every single date around the world, and was hailed as the “Comeback of the Year.” The celebrated global reunion continued through to the end of 2009. In June 2013, it was announced that founding bassist Kim Deal had decided to leave the band. While very disappointed, Black Francis (vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (guitars) and David Lovering (drums) decided to keep the band going.
With no advance announcement, Pixies surprised everyone when they posted on their website a free download of ‘Bagboy’, the band’s first new song in nearly a decade (one Australian outlet wrote, ‘Deal or no Deal, ‘Bagboy’ is pretty darned awesome…classic Pixies’). To support the new music, the band launched its 2013-2014 world tour in September 2013, deciding to work with a variety of bass players, with Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle) currently touring for Vivid LIVE.
Expect the Pixies to continue a lineage of outsider art writ large for their first Australian performances in four years, exclusive to Vivid LIVE.
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