Live Review for Blurt (you can read it here below the gallery)
Do I need a description here? Really? It’s the Pixies folks! The punk-rock quartet was on tour in 2011 to commemorate the 22 yr anniversary of their excellent and timeless album, Doolittle. The Doolittle Tour consisted of the band playing a few B-sides before shelling out the entire album, from start to finish, in perfection. Then they treated the elated Hamilton, ON fans to two encores! It was a great night of music…I’m ready to see Pixies again!
And if you do not know the Pixies…shame on you, I say! That’s right, shame! Be sure to see what these “alt-rock Godparents” -as one Canadian newspaper dubbed them- are up to!
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Report: Pixies Live in Hamilton
After releasing their comprehensive collector’s boxset a year ago, Minotaur, the Pixies began touring heavily. For this “Doolittle Tour” Pixies performed every song, in succession, from their 1989 album Doolittle in addition to a few fan favorites for their audience. Sounding just as intense and fresh as on the day they were released, it is a sobering reminder of how progressive the songs of Doolittle are as Pixies celebrate 22 years since its conception.
Before the eager crowd was treated to hearing the sounds of the talented musicians, Pixies played a creative montage of film clips. After several minutes of dramatic music and the sepia tinted film, an impatient fan shouted “Quit teasing us!” Unfortunately her wish was not yet granted as some more time passed before the lights grew completely dark and the Pixies emerged.
The audience erupted once Kim Deal, Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering took their positions behind their instruments. Deal greeted the delighted spectators and happily announced, “we’re going to play some B-sides,” and the night of great music began. The first four songs were greeted with enthusiasm from the crowd, but once Deal struck the first bass riffs to “Debaser,” the most eager of fans cheered even louder and threw their hands in the air.
With “La La Love You,” Deal introduced drummer Lovering sang the tongue-in-cheek song. Once the track was finished Deal teased, “So David, do you look at the ladies in the audience when you sing that?” He murmured an inaudible something to Deal, she laughed heartily. The upbeat atmosphere continued as the audience sang along
with Francis for nearly every song; and, at each songs end Pixies were drowned in loud applause.
“Wave of Mutilation,” “Hey,” “Gouge Away,” “I Bleed” were all favorites with “Monkey Gone To Heaven” drawing the most fanfare of the “Doolittle” selection. Those in the front jumped as soon as the familiar song began and waited with anticipation for Francis to shout “Then God is seven” at the song’s core as they bellowed along with him.
With the end of “Gouge Away” the Pixies put down their instruments and each member approached four points of the stage and waved thankfully to the receptive crowd. They then stood together in the center and in conjunction with a film playing on the large screen behind them, lined up in order and took several bows before disappearing.
The audience cheered on until Pixies returned. Deal thanked the crowd again for the support and they leapt into the UK Surf version of “Wave of Mutilation.” For “Into The White,” the stage was drowned in white fog as Deal’s voice eerily echoed the lyrics “into the white” at the song’s close.
Yet again, they waved goodbye and several audience members began leaving the venue with the majority of the fans applauding and cheering for more. Several minutes went by. I thought to myself, “Well, I’ll stay until the lights come on.” And certainly, the venue lights were turned on and several people turned to leave when suddenly Lovering’s bass drum vibrated through the walls once again. The second encore was beginning.
The four songs that Pixies fans seemed to be craving the most were met with great support. To the classic “Where Is My Mind?” the audience sang louder than they ever did as Francis let them sing the last chorus. Just before the end of “Gigantic,” Deal asked the guys to quiet it down and as she calmly played the timeless riff, she again thanked everyone for coming to the show then confessed that she’d be going to bed once done. She turned to each member and asked them their plans. She lastly asked Francis, “Charles, how about you? Going to bed after this?” “I just woke up,” he laughed then the Pixies closed the evening.
A fantastic album, Doolittle, was played flawlessly. And as timeless as it may be to listen to the older, influential tunes of Pixies, hopefully the Boston quartet will conjure up a new album in the future.
DANCE THE MANTA RAY
WEIRD AT MY SCHOOL
WAVE OF MUTILATION
HERE COMES YOUR MAN
MONKEY GONE TO HEAVEN
LA LA LOVE YOU
No. 13 BABY
THERE GOES MY GUN
WAVE OF MUTILATION (UK Surf)
INTO THE WHITE
WHERE IS MY MIND?