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Pixies Returning To New Zealand In March

Pixies Returning To New Zealand In March

C.C. / Photo credit: Travis Shinn / Monday 5th August, 2019 8:00AM

US alt-rock pioneers Pixies are returning to Aotearoa in March 2020, for a hooting and hollerin' headline event at Tāmaki Makaurau's Spark Arena – performing both their seminal 1987 EP Come On Pilgrim and their hands down classic 1988 debut album Surfer Rosa in full for the occasion. The staggeringly influential four piece will also play a selection of timeless faves and new material too, which should come no surprise as they have a fresh new studio record named Beneath The Eyrie (their eighth) dropping this September.

Still fronted by the maniacal vocal tones of Black Francis (aka Frank Black), the current Pixies lineup features original members Joey Santiago (guitar) and drummer David Lovering, with recent addition Paz Lenchantin filling Kim Deal's massive shoes on bass and backing vocals. Surfer Rosa and Come On Pilgrim feature such electrifying anthems as 'Where Is My Mind', 'Bone Machine' and 'Ed Is Dead, here's the details for Pixies' fourth visit to our shores...

Pixies - Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa
Friday 6th March - Spark Arena, Auckland

Presales available from 12.00pm, Wednesday 7th August via Live Nation
General public sales available from 1.00pm, Thursday 8th August via Live Nation

Listen to Pixies' spooky classic 'Where Is My Mind', from Surfer Rosa...

Wrap your ears around 'Ed Is Dead', from Come On Pilgrim...

Check out the clip for 'On Graveyard Hill', from Pixies' forthcoming album Beneath The Eyrie...

Press release:

PIXIES, one of the most influential alternative rock bands of all time, are bringing their mammoth world tour to Australia and New Zealand in 2020 – Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa. Pixies’ debut releases - the electrifying 1987 EP Come On Pilgrim and 1988’s debut full-length album, Surfer Rosa - brought rise to a new genre and defined contemporary music for a generation.

The tour will bear witness to both seminal albums being performed in full – plus new and old tracks spanning their extensive catalogue. Surfer Rosa is a record made up of rage, religion, gore, incest and superheroes named Tony - a debut album so good that it's since been seen as a masterpiece. Produced by Steve Albini, it includes early Pixies classics such as "Bone Machine," "Gigantic," "Vamos" and "Where Is My Mind?". Come On Pilgrim contained eight songs from the band's first-ever studio session, produced by Gary Smith and recorded at his Fort Apache Studio near Boston.

Returning for what will be only their fourth visit to New Zealand, the band will perform at Auckland’s Spark Arena on Friday March 6.

Forming in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986, Pixies are often acclaimed as the most influential, pioneering alternative band of the late 80s, garnering extraordinary critical and popular acclaim. After five genre-defining studio albums, Pixies disbanded in 1993. The tide turned in 2004 - the band reunited and began touring, playing to sell-out crowds around the world including their first-ever Australian performances in 2007, later to be followed by a 13-show sold-out Doolittle tour in 2010 and again in 2017.

Pixies will release their brand new and eighth studio album, Beneath The Eyrie, on September 13 (through Infectious/BMG). Visceral, musically cinematic, otherworldly but strangely familiar and a bit unsettling – the album boasts 12 new tracks produced by GRAMMY nominated Tom Dalgety (Ghost, Royal Blood, Pixies' Head Carrier). Lead single “On Graveyard Hill,” is an in-your-face, classic Pixies tale of imminent, ominous doom. Fans can pre-order the album now. The evolution of the album’s creative process is uniquely documented in a 12-episode podcast entitled It’s a Pixies Podcast.


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Fri 6th Mar 8:00pm
Spark Arena, Auckland