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The Pixies reform and announce London dates

Story: Jack Foley

LEGENDARY rockers, The Pixies - responsible for such seminal hits as Where Is My Mind? and Monkey Gone to Heaven - have reformed and will be playing two dates in London, this coming June.

The dates, at Brixton Academy, will mark the first UK shows in 13 years for the band, which will comprise the original line-up of Frank Black, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering.

The dates to look out for are Wednesday and Thursday, June 2 and 3, although both gigs sold out within minutes, once tickets became available on February 7.

Further tour news is expected in due course, given that the band has already extended its US leg.

Rumours have been rife for some time that Black and co would reunite, particularly as the lead singer admitted that the band did enjoy getting back together for 'private jams' that weren't for 'public consumption'.

Prior to the UK dates, the alt-rock specialists will play a series of warm-up shows in North America, before co-headlining Coachella in California on May 1, alongside Radiohead and Kraftwerk.

The comeback trail will then take in Europe for a selection of headline shows, festival appearances and a support slot on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Summer arena tour.

The band will then travel to Balado, near Glasgow, to appear on the main stage at this year’s T in the Park Festival, on the first day of the event, which takes place over the July 10 and 11 weekend.

To mark the reunion, The Pixies' former label, 4AD, will release a 23-track 'Best Of' album, called Wave Of Mutilation, as well as a DVD, called Pixies, later in the year.

The DVD will feature eight promos, a 1988 concert taped at London's Town And Country Club and the documentary 'Gouge', featuring interviews with Radiohead's Thom Yorke, David Bowie and Bono.

The confirmed tour dates, so far,are as follows:

May 1 - 2: Coachella, California
June 2 - 3: Brixton Academy, London
June 12 - Phoenix Park, Dublin (with Red Hot Chili Peppers) sold out
June 15 - Parc Des Princes, Paris (with Red Hot Chili Peppers), sold out
July 10 - 11: T in the Park, Glasgow

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