PICS: Pixies at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre

Where is our mind: Alt-rock legends the Pixies blew us away at SDSU's Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on April 22.

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The iconic band got their start in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986.
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Current members include Frank Black (Black Francis) on guitar/vocals, Joey Santiago on guitar, David Lovering on drums and Paz Lenchantin on bass.
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Fun fact: The group decided on the band name “Pixies,” when Santiago (pictured) selected the word from the dictionary, and liked how it looked – and its definition of “mischievous little elves.”
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The band released their debut EP, “Come On Pilgrim” in 1987, and followed it with 1988’s full-length “Surfer Rosa.”
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“Surfer Rosa” exploded for the band in Europe and gained them massive critical acclaim – however, American audiences were slow to catch on. The album was only certified Gold by the RIAA in 2005.
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The album “Doolittle” followed and spawned the hit singles “Here Comes Your Man” and “Monkey Gone to Heaven.”
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After releasing “Bossanova” in 1990 and “Tromple le Monde” in 1991, the band acrimoniously split up in 1993 – Francis infamously claimed that he notified the other members in the band via fax that it was over.
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In 2003, the band reunited for a small string of shows. By 2004, a full tour had been announced and they’ve been at it ever since.
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In July 2013, Deal left the band and was replaced by bassist Kim Shattuck (of the Muffs and the Pandoras). She was replaced by Lenchantin in December of 2013. The band released three EPs in 2014, which were later collected and released as one album, “Indie Cindy.”
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The band has been extremely influential in rock music: Nirvana, Radiohead, Weezer, Bush, Arcade Fire, U2 and others have all cited the Pixies as a big influence.
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The group’s April 22 set list featured 30 songs, including “Here Comes Your Man,” “Vamos,” “Classic Masher,” “Monkey Gone to Heaven,” “Wave of Mutilation,” Neil Young’s “Winterlong,” “Debaser,” “Where Is My Mind?,” “Velouria,” “Bone Machine” and “Into the White.”
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