Largely underappreciated by mainstream music fans during their heyday in the late 1980s and ’90s, history has been quite kind to the Pixies. From Kurt Cobain to Bono, many established artists lauded the group’s innovative and influential alt-rock sound. The Pixies’ use of dynamics and pulsating rhythms profoundly influenced numerous up-and-coming rock groups during the ’90s.
After the band’s rise to popularity was stunted by a breakup in the mid-’90s, their 2004 reunion tour sold out venues across the globe, showing how much the world has come to appreciate their music and influence. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their hugely successful 1989 album Doolittle, the band embarked on a world tour in 2009.
Hitting major venues from London to Japan and back to the States, the original Pixies lineup — Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering — continue their anniversary run with the “lost cities” tour. The group will play many secondary markets throughout the country, meaning local fans will get a chance to witness the rock icons play at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Fri. Nov. 11.
The set list will focus on Doolittle and its B-sides, including “Weird at my School” and “Bailey’s Walk.” Doolittle was the band’s third album and first to chart on Billboard. It contained critically acclaimed tracks like “Debaser,” “Hey,” and “Monkey Gone to Heaven.” The dark and surrealist sound and subject matter of the CD will be echoed through video and light shows prepared by leading filmmakers from Judy Jacobs to Tom Winkler. During the first leg of the tour, culminating in Charleston, West Palm Beach indie-rock band Surfer Blood will be opening.
Reserved seats for the show go on sale on Fri. July 15 at 10 a.m. for $49.50 at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets (including select Publix stores), by phone at (800) 745-3000, and online at ticketmaster.com. Visit northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com and pixiesmusic.com for more. —Lucas Hagerty