PIXIES, one of the most influential alternative rock bands of all time, have unfinished business in Australia and New Zealand and will be returning in 2022 for their mammoth – Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa tour. Pixies’ debut releases – the electrifying 1987 EP Come On Pilgrim and 1988’s debut full-length album, Surfer Rosa – brought rise to a new genre and defined contemporary music for a generation.
The tour will bear witness to both seminal albums being performed in full – plus new and old tracks spanning their extensive catalogue. Surfer Rosa is a record made up of rage, religion, gore, incest, and superheroes named Tony – a debut album so good that it’s since been seen as a masterpiece. Produced by Steve Albini, it includes early Pixies classics such as “Bone Machine,” “Gigantic,” “Vamos” and “Where Is My Mind?”. Come On Pilgrim contained eight songs from the band’s first-ever studio session, produced by Gary Smith and recorded at his Fort Apache Studio near Boston.
Almost two years to the day, Pixies were forced to leave Australia when the global pandemic took hold. With only one show in Auckland and one in Melbourne completed, the band was determined to get the show back on the road and will return to Australian and New Zealand shores this December.
On announcing the new shows the band said: “We are thrilled to be able to announce our return to Australia and New Zealand in December 2022, following the untimely postponement of some of these shows back in 2020. We will be returning to play two different sets across the tour:
1. Performing Come on Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa in their entirety – in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Wellington, and Christchurch.
2. A brand new set featuring songs from across our catalogue, including some oldies and some brand new tracks – in Melbourne and Auckland. La la love you!”
The tour will start in Brisbane at the Fortitude Music Hall on 2nd December followed by a not-to-be-missed momentous show under the stars at Sydney Opera House Forecourt on 3rd December. Melbourne gets a second treat with a different set to the one they performed in 2020 at the Forum on 7th December before heading to Adelaide’s Thebarton Theatre on 8th December and Fremantle at the Arts Centre on 10th December. Pixies will then head over the ditch for shows at Wellington Opera House on 14th December, Auckland Town Hall on 16th December, and Christchurch Town Hall on 17 December.
Tickets for all shows go on sale at 2 pm local time Tuesday 5 April. My Live Nation members can be among the first to secure tickets during the pre-sale beginning at 1 pm local time Friday 1 April, register here.
Forming in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986, Pixies are often acclaimed as the most influential, pioneering alternative band of the late 80s, garnering extraordinary critical and popular acclaim. After five genre-defining studio albums, Pixies disbanded in 1993. The tide turned in 2004 – the band reunited and began touring, playing to sell-out crowds around the world including their first-ever Australian performances in 2007, later to be followed by a 13-show sold-out Doolittle tour in 2010 and again in 2017. Those 2004 shows, across four nights at London’s iconic Brixton Academy have just been released as a special ‘Live in Brixton’ box set. The eight discs of heavyweight 180-gram vinyl feature all of the big hitters and fan favorites from the landmark albums ‘Doolittle’ and ‘Surfer Rosa’; key songs and obscurities from the rest of their catalogue as well as some eclectic covers.
Following their acclaimed 2019 album ‘Beneath the Eyrie’ and archival live recording releases, Pixies have just released a new single titled ‘Human Crime’. Written by Pixies founder and frontman Black Francis, the video was directed by the band’s bass player Paz Lenchantin.
Pixies – Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa
Australia & New Zealand 2022
Presented by Live Nation
BRISBANE – Fortitude Music Hall – Friday 2nd December
SYDNEY – Sydney Opera House Forecourt – Saturday 3rd December
MELBOURNE – Forum – Wednesday 7th December
ADELAIDE – Thebarton Theatre – Thursday 8th December
PERTH – Fremantle Arts Centre – Saturday 10th December
WELLINGTON – Opera House – Wednesday 14th December
AUCKLAND – Town Hall – Friday 16th December
CHRISTCHURCH – Town Hall – Saturday 17th December
TICKETS ARE ON SALE AT 2 PM LOCAL TIME TUESDAY 5 APRIL
Live Nation pre-sale: 1 pm local time Friday 1 April until Tuesday 5 April 1 pm local time