I Couldn’t Not Go

I saw them in 2004. The show was so incredible that I went back the next night, low-balling a scalper for a cheap ticket (not a euphemism).

When my colleague raved about the show this past Wednesday, I couldn’t stop myself and used my lunch hour to pick up a ticket for the Thursday night show.

I think I’m a Pixies groupie.

Brief History: The Pixies happened in 1986, broke up in 1993, and reunited in 2004. Now they’re back again.

There’s something about the way Black Francis/Frank Black writes a song, and there’s something about the way The Pixies sound live. It’s not a sound that’s easy to describe, but when Frank Black screams, a chord change gives you chills and Kim Deal‘s bass lines make you grin like an idiot, the band is doing something right. An old theater, Metropolis, packed with adoring fans were in agreement.

Someone was kind enough to record 16 minutes of show highlights, which is nice, but doesn’t do the concert justice. It’s probably once of those things where you had to be there. And being there was glorious.

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  • Bastard! Was it as good as when we saw them in 2004? Please tell me it wasn’t. Even if it’s not true. πŸ™‚

  • Are you telling me you didn’t take Nicky with you? Ah Mike! That wasn’t right! I know you enjoyed it but it would have been better with her because everything is.

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  • I was going to go but I had a Headache. Get it? Get it? I’ve been using that joke since 1994.
    Why the hell didn’t you invite me? Oh right. I hate concerts.

  • The Pixies are pure American. I got turned on to them by my favorite rocker David Bowie. It seems Mr. Bowie is also a Pixie groupie. Long live the Pixies!!!!!

  • I wasn’t good like in 2004, but it was fucking incredible for a Thursday in April 2011 πŸ™‚

  • I couldn’t have taken Nicky if I wanted to since she was out of town. Then again she only told me that she was out of town when I spoke to her this morning.

  • Yep, surfing still happens all the time at concerts. I’m not the surfing type, so I hung back in the safe seats for half the show. For the other half, I braved the throng and hung out on the floor. It was awesome πŸ™‚

  • Yes, I get it. Now go listen to some Frank Black. Headache is probably his worst song.

  • Glen, you’re so right, and Frank’s lyrics have a lot of imagery that is distinctly laced with Americana. And Bowie has great taste in music.

  • From where I standed, during up-tempo songs the mosh pit was much intense, so I could only record on slower songs. Maybe my other video added to this one better do justice to the show overall?

    It contains Tame and, from the encore, Planet of Sound. It better shows the intensity of Frank Black/Black Francis’ screams.

    Yes I went to the concert on both nights and it was a more than great! I was also at the CEPSUM in 2004. A schocker! Pixies concerts are on top of my list!

  • You know you can download the tracks from the 2004 concert? The november 27th one:

  • Martin, merci mille fois pour la video!

    I’ve actually found myself watching it again over the past week. It was one of those concerts that you just want to relive. If they come back, I’ll be there again. No hesitation!

  • I ended up ordering the Nov 27 show back in 2004, so I’ve got a nice double-live CD of it. I remember that you could also buy the concert on disk immediately after the show. Technology!


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