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Pixies at the Riviera: Review

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If you weren’t at home watching The Night The Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles 50th Anniversary last Sunday, Pixies at the Riviera was the place to be. The alternative rockers from Boston, MA played a total of 32 songs to a sold out crowd. Pixies opened up their show with “Bone Machine” followed by their huge hit “Wave Of Mutilation,” which was featured in the first Rock Band game. Of the original lineup, three of the four members still remain in the group. They are Black Francis (Guitar/ Lead Vocals), David Lovering (Drums), and Joey Santiago (Lead Guitar). Pixies has been using touring bassists since the departure of Kim Deal, For this part of the tour is Ex- A perfect Circle bassist Paz Lenchantin. Almost 30 years later and an 11 year hiatus from 1993-2004, Pixies are still rocking. Since reuniting in 2004 Pixies have are bigger then ever having sold out world tours in recent years. Although its been 23 years since their last album, fans of all ages were at the show. Many who were born around the time when there 1991 release “Trompe Le Monde” came out and were only toddlers when the band broke up. Surprisingly those fans knew the words to every song. Of course there were also the fans that have been around over 20 years before the band broke up. In the past 2 years, Pixies have releases two EPs, which was the first of new material in 11 years. Pixies show you don’t have to keep releasing new albums to maintain fans. The band sounded great as always and hasn’t changed a bit in their sound. They also brought out a great light show with a backdrop that looked like flatscreen TV’s. Pixies’ set included “Bagboy,” “Here Comes Your Man,” “Cactus,” “Debaser,” “Magdalena,” “Planet Of Sound,” and encore of “Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf), “Where Is My Mind? , and “Vamos.”

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