Concert Review

The Pixies Play Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall

On a night not fit for man nor beast,  The Pixies played Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland in Pittsburgh on January 25, 2014.  Considering the inclement weather, the crowd was undeterred, packing the intimate setting, that is the best kept secret in Pittsburgh venues.

With a minimalist set powered up by tons of backlighting and multiple screens, The Pixies made a large impact with their sound from the very first note of “Bone Machine”.  It was an amazing reminder of what an impact the band from Boston had on so many musicians, not only from the all holy “grunge” era, but well beyond.  Black Francis was commanding in his presence and passion and so dead on in his vocalization it was chilling.  David Lovering‘s drumming has become a thing of beauty to watch now that he has gone back to a more traditional grip, and combined with the flood lighting from the floor it made for a fabulous flurry of movement.  Joey Santiago remained fairly stoic in his movements, preferring to make his statements with his guitar, and he did so quite boldly.  And in the place of Kim Deal, Paz Lenchantin was a spot on in a very difficult position of trying to fill in for a beloved legend.  It was a tremendous experience, with some concert goers clamoring for more of the classic Pixies tunes, not necessarily attuned to the fact that The Pixies change their setlist every night.

Some of the new material was outstanding, including “Andro Queen”, Indie Cindy”, and the first new single “Bagboy”.  Of course they played some faves such as “La La Love You”, “Here Comes Your Man”, and “Head On”…maybe not enough, but then again this is not a greatest hits tour.  With an hour and forty five minutes and a thirty plus song set it was an excellent night to see The Pixies do what they do best.

Setlist courtesy of (after pix)

All photos  ©2014 AWeldingphoto and Pittsburgh Music Magazine

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