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Last Night: Pixies at the Fillmore Auditorium (bonus review)

For those with tickets to tonight's Pixies show, here's a bonus review with another perspective, to give you a clear idea of exactly what to expect this evening. If you haven't already check out Jon Solomon's review.

Last Night: Pixies at the Fillmore Auditorium (bonus review)
Adam Perry

Pixies
Fillmore Auditorium
Monday, November 16, 2009
Better than:
having whores in your head.

See more photos on the slideshow page.

With workman-like poise, Joey Santiago, Black Francis and David Lovering calmly and confidently prowled the big Fillmore stage in Denver last night, pulling off one of the most exciting and effective reunions American rock has ever seen. For the three sometimes eerily composed dudes in the Pixies, getting back together after so many years of acrimony to perform their heavy, eccentric classics that enlivened and inspired two generations of alternative, indie and punk bands seemes like a an enjoyable, lucrative decision. Conversely, ever-smiling Pixies bassist/backup-singer Kim Deal eagerly embraced the sold out crowd and her chance to finally play all those great songs again after a few years of mostly festivals gigs. Indeed, beer bottle in mouth after every song, widespread grin on her face and giddy comments (mostly ignored by her bandmates) abound, Deal's Pixies Reunion happiness made it seem as if her dream had just been granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It was beautiful.

Last Night: Pixies at the Fillmore Auditorium (bonus review)

During "Monkey Gone to Heaven," the surging crowd sang along with Francis word-for-word on the "man, devil, god" bridge, making the Fillmore feel like a place of evil worship, although the $40 posters featuring nothing but Doolittle's front cover made the evening partly feel like a Rolling Stones concert. Francis is an imposing, sinister, straight-faced and huge-voiced animal onstage; Santiago is simply calculated and professional (sort of Thurston Moore-meets-Dick Dale); and Deal never stopped smiling, finding something silly to say before and after every song, while Francis and Santiago stood silent and Lovering waited to click off the next number. With Deal the only giddy one, and Francis and Santiago at times playing with a total lack of interest that made me wonder if they were incredibly cool or just cashing in, it was sometimes tough to tell what this very pleasing Pixies reunion is "about," especially during a lagging version of "Where Is My Mind?" Regardless, the crisp, clean and loud Fillmore sound helped make this show unforgettable.

Wish I was going tonight, too.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK
Personal Bias:
I prefer the Fillmore in San Francisco. Gotta admit it. And it's not just the free apples.
Random Detail: The Pixies reportedly broke up in 1993 partly due to substance abuse, but Deal and Francis were sucking down beers all night.
By The Way: Witnessing Deal's happiness onstage as wonderful female accompaniment to Francis' evil genius, one has to wonder when Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth will get a similar reunion chance. It's now or never, David Byrne. I went to the Pixies show with a bunch of young Boulder college students who lamented on the way home that while the 40-something Pixies were "fucking amazing," it was hard not to wish their parents were that cool, as they're all the same age as the Pixies. Dammit, I want the same chance to complain, Mr. Byrne.

SET LIST

PIXIES
11/16/09 - Fillmore Auditorium
Denver, CO

 

1. Dancing the Manta Ray

2. Weird at My School

3. Bailey's Walk

4. Manta Ray

5. Debaser

6. Tame

7. Wave of Mutilation

8. I Bleed

9. Here Comes Your Man

10. Dead

11. Monkey Gone to Heaven

12. Mr. Grieves

13. Crackity Jones

14. La La Love You

15. No. 13 Baby

16. There Goes My Gun

17. Hey

18. Silver

19. Gouge Away

 

FIRST ENCORE

20. Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf)

21. Into the White

 

SECOND ENCORE

22. Where is My Mind?

23. Something Against You 

24. Isla de Encanta

25. Nimrod's Son

26. Caribou


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