Seminal indie rock icons and 80s/90s pioneers Pixies last played New Orleans back in October of 2004 at the 6th Voodoo Music Festival, as part of their much anticipated reunion tour. This time around the band hit The Civic to play a sold out show, less one of its founding members, bassist Kim Deal. Picking up the slack and filling some huge shoes is former A Perfect Circle and Zwan bassist Paz Lenchantin. Hard core Pixies fans still can't seem to grasp or except the fact that Kim is gone. Paz is a solid edition to the band, even though her vocals don't come across as strong as Kim's.
The Pixies are touring in support of Indie Cindy, which came out last year. The crowd for the most part seemed to take that material with a grain of salt. The tracks sound well live, but clearly their back catalogue was what the audience came to see. Tunes like "Where Is My Mind," "Here Comes Your Man", "Debaser," and "Monkey Gone to Heaven" garnered the highest audience reactions of the night. The beauty of a power-pop show from a band that has several hits is the sheer fact that at any given performance you'll hear at least 25-30 songs, of which most you will know. The Pixies set was no exception to that notion. Noticeably missing from the set was "Tame" and "In Heaven" and of course "Dig for Fire," but the band hasn't played that in years. A nice bonus was the inclusion of their cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain's "Head On." All in all, a wonderful romp through the past highlighted by an amazing backdrop and light show. You can see an extended gallery here: http://jalbum.net/a/1619328