[Photos Provided by Steve Hatley]

Pixies Rock the Saenger Theatre

06:00 May 07, 2017
By: Steve Hatley

Revisiting this article with edits, but the message is still the same.

“Seminal indie rock icons and 80s/90s pioneers Pixies last played New Orleans back in {May of 2015, before that} October of 2004 at the 6th Voodoo Music Festival, as part of their much-anticipated reunion tour. This time around the band hit {The Saenger} to play a {near} sold out show.  Former A Perfect Circle and Zwan bassist Paz Lenchantin {is still at the helm}.  Hardcore Pixies fans STILL can’t seem to grasp or except the fact that Kim is gone.  Paz is a solid edition to the band.  Her vocals don’t come across as strong as Kim’s {but they have grown a lot since the last time I saw her at the Civic}.”

One thing the hard core fans could throw some love around was the fact that for all intents and purposes, this was a Doolittle tour, even though the band is touring on last year’s Head CarrierThe 33, yes 33 song set was a treat, to say the least.

One can’t help but compare shows of a band they’ve seen several times.  Each time the Pixies have played they have brought something different and still managed to keep a coherent vision.  I was a bit hesitant about seeing the band in a SIT-DOWN type of place, but the Saenger may just be that exception.  The backstage lighting and set were reminiscent of the Indie City tour, but way more lit up.  Like last time, and I don’t fault anyone, tunes like “Where Is My Mind,” “Here Comes Your Man”, “Debaser,” and “Monkey Gone to Heaven” garnered the highest audience reactions of the night.  No “Head On” this time around and still hunting for the elusive “Dig for Fire,” but with such a huge catalogue, can’t be too mad.  The encore for the evening was a visually stunning take on “Into the Light.”  It was very literal, to say the least, but a fantastic ending to a great show.  You can see more pictures here.

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