Pixies @ SECC 04-10-09

October 15, 2009

SECC, Glasgow, October 4 * * * * *

It’s eighteen years since the Pixies last played Glasgow’s SECC. That night the stage collapsed after a couple of songs and it’s obviously a memory still fresh in Kim Deal’s mind, the bassist instructing us to “tell your folks we came back” during a blistering second encore.
Appearing tonight as part of the quartet’s European tour to celebrate two decades since the release of their seminal Doolittle album, there was no such trauma attached to this show. Instead we were treated to a twenty-nine-song set of the very highest calibre.
After four b-sides, played practically in the dark, we finally got down to the main event or as Deal put it “side one”. It was a typically clinical Pixies performance throughout. Nods to the crowd were fleeting but with songs as potent as Tame, Monkey Gone To Heaven and Gouge Away, there was no need for any accompanying theatrics.
Finishing off their first encore with the hypnotic Into The White was the cue for some in the crowd to make their way to the exits. It proved a premature move as following sustained encouragement from a very vocal crowd, the four reappeared to deliver a mini greatest hits set which on the toss of a coin ended with a glorious rendition of Where Is My Mind.


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