The Pixies piqued fans interest with news they'd regroup to play their 1989 classic "Doolittle" in Europe. Now the group will bring the album's 20th anniversary celebration to the U.S. this November.
The Pixies will play "Doolittle," their second album, over the course of 14 U.S. theater shows beginning Nov. 4 in Los Angeles and winding up Nov. 30 in Washington, D.C., with multi-night stands in Oakland, Seattle, Chicago and New York City. Tickets start going on sale Aug. 1. The tour comes on the heels of 13-date European run that starts Sept. 30 with the first of three shows in Dublin, Ireland. The Pixies are also performing at the V Festival on Aug. 29 near Toronto.
"I'm so general public I love the idea of playing a full album," Pixies bassist Kim Deal tells Billboard.com. "We had talked in 2007 about doing an album from the top to the end, maybe doing (1988's) 'Surfer Rosa' and then 'Doolittle.' The only things that we don't know, that we don't play live, from ('Doolittle') are 'Silver' and 'There Goes My Gun,' so we're going to add those two, and the B-sides." The latter include tracks such as "Weird at My School, "Bailey's Walk" and "Dancing the Manta Ray," though Deal says the group also thought about "having a Pixies tribute band open for us and let them play our B-sides. We thought that would be funny."
Deal, who's currently touring with the Breeders, says she and the rest of the Pixies, who have been playing intermittently since reuniting in 2004, are a bit surprised to be working so much this year after initially planning to be off. "It didn't knock me off my socks, though," Deal says. "It's kind of like, 'Great, we're gonna do some stuff...' What happened was we got offered the Isle of Wight (festival), and they were telling us some other band, some other band, then us, then Neil Young, and we were like, 'OK, whatever, sure, we'll be there,' and that put us back in motion."
In addition to the "Doolittle" shows, the Pixies are preparing for the October release of "Minotaur," a deluxe boxed set -- offered in two versions -- featuring all of the Pixies albums and music videos along with a Blu-Ray DVD of a 1991 concert at London's Brixton Academy and a 54-page book. The packages were designed by original Pixies collaborators Vaughan Oliver and photographer Simon Larbalestier.
"What we've seen so far is really cool looking," Deal reports. "We're one of the few bands that you can think of that actually just turned their visual image over to somebody else like that, so it's only fitting that Vaughan and Simon would work on the box set, too."
The Pixies U.S. "Doolittle" tour dates include:
Nov 4: Los Angeles (The Palladium)
Nov 8-9: Oakland, CA (Fox Theater)
Nov 12-13: Seattle (Paramount Theatre)
Nov 14: Eugene, OR (Hult Center)
Nov 16: Denver (The Fillmore)
Nov 20-21: Chicago (Aragon Ballroom)
Nov 23-25: New York (Hammerstein Ballroom)
Nov 27: Boston (Wang Center)
Nov 30: Washington, D.C. (Constitution Hall)