PIXIES ANNOUNCE FIRST TWO LEGS

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LOS ANGELES, CA – (February 21, 2017) – Pixies, one of the most influential alt/rock bands of all time, announce the first two legs of the band’s 2017 North American tour in support of the band’s new album Head Carrier. Following stops in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the band’s first-ever South African concerts, leg one of the North American tour will launch at the Fox Theatre in Pomona, CA on Friday, April 21, and will see the band playing theatres and open-air venues. Public Access TV* and Cymbals Eat Guitars** will split the support slot over the course of the first leg.

Leg Two will launch on September 19 in New Haven, CT, and will see the band performing in major and secondary markets over a five-week period. This trek will include additional New York shows – the initial three NY dates on Leg One sold out – as well as this cycle’s first Canadian shows, scheduled in Toronto and Montreal. Sunflower Bean, who Rolling Stone called “NYC’s coolest young band,” will provide support on the first half of Leg Two with Brooklyn’s Mitski (“one of the most compelling voices in the sphere of indie rock” – Pitchfork) opening the shows on the second half. The confirmed itinerary for Legs One and Two is below. Log on to www.pixiesmusic.com for all ticketing information.

On all of the 2017 dates, Pixies are introducing to its global audiences a brand new stage set designed by their longtime production manager Simon Foster and lighting designer Myles Mangino. The design is simple and sleek and fashioned around special pods that are positioned behind the band, housing all of the lighting. Fans can expect a set list comprised of the classics and catalogue rarities as well as newer songs from Indie Cindy and the band’s latest release, Head Carrier. As is the norm, there will be no firm setlist for Pixies’ shows; their sets, while pulled from nearly 90 songs that the band has rehearsed and is prepared to play, will change somewhat from night to night with every number determined just before it’s performed.

Pixies, a long time leader in helping to break the ticket scalper stranglehold, will be working to get their face-value tickets to their fans, and not to ticket scalpers for inflated resale, something they did very successfully during last Fall’s UK tour. Said Pixies manager Richard Jones, “On this tour, we are asking the promoters and the venues to make available as many tickets as possible for pre-sales. That way, we can help insure that tickets get into the hands of the fans and not the scalpers. We’ve also asked the promoters to remove any secondary site links and to use their anti-tout teams and technology to help combat the scalper market.”

Pixies launched the European leg of this 2016-17-18 global run last November, playing sold-out shows throughout the UK and wrapping up in Birmingham on December 8. Following the April/May North American leg, Pixies will head to Europe to play a series of major summer festivals.

Confirmed dates are below:

North American Tour, Leg One

APRIL

21 Fox Theatre, Pomona, CA*

22 Cal Coast Open Air, San Diego, CA*

23 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA*

25 Ace Theatre, Los Angeles, CA*

29 Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX*

30 White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX*

MAY

1 Stubbs, Austin, TX*

3 Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA*

5 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN*

6 Madison Theatre, Covington, KY*

7 Express Live Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH*

9 The National, Richmond, VA**

11 Durham PAC, Durham, NC**

12 Shaky Knees Music Festival, Atlanta, GA**

14 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD**

16 Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC**

17 Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC**

19 House of Blues, Boston, MA**

20 House of Blues, Boston, MA**

21 Paradise Ballroom, Boston, MA**

23 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA**

24 Webster Hall, New York, NY**

25 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY**

26 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY**

* Public Access TV will support

** Cymbals Eat Guitars will support

July 6 – August 11, 2017

UK/Europe

North American Tour, Leg Two

SEPTEMBER

8 The Ohana Fest, Dana Point, CA

19 College Street Music Hall, New Haven, CT*

22 The Westbury Theatre, Westbury, NY*

23 Stone Pony Summerstage, Asbury Park, NJ*

24 The Capitol Theatre, Portchester, NY*

26 State Theatre, Portland, ME*

27 Metropolis, Montreal QC*

29 Massey Hall, Toronto, ON*

30 Massey Hall, Toronto, ON*

OCTOBER

1 UB Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY (support TBA)

3 The Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH*

4 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA*

6 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI*

7 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI**

8 The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL**

10 Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN**

11 Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN**

12 Bluestem Center for the Arts, Moorhead, MN**

14 Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, MO**

15 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO**

17 Boulder Theatre, Boulder, CO**

18 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO**

21 The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV**

* Sunflower Bean will support

** Mitski will support

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