The Pixies have added several additional dates to their extensive fall tour schedule, including the first shows near its one-time Boston homebase since November 1991. New dates include Oct. 22 in Phoenix, Oct. 23 in Irvine, Calif., Oct. 24 in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Nov. 22 in Dayton, Ohio.
The band will then return to the Boston area for shows Nov. 30 in Amherst and Dec. 1 in Lowell. The web site PixiesMusic.com is offering pre-sale ticket opportunities beginning tomorrow (Sept. 8); tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday.
The fall tour began over the weekend in Bend, Ore., and proceeds to Vancouver tonight. The group has also recorded a cover of Warren Zevon’s “Ain’t That Pretty at All” for the tribute album “Enjoy Every Sandwich,” due Oct. 19 via Artemis.
As for the possibility of a new Pixies studio album, the jury remains out. “I’m not saying we won’t record, but I don’t know if making an LP for a record company is the way to go, [considering] the way things are right now,” guitarist vocalist Frank Black told Billboard.com recently. “We’ve talked about that heavily. What can we do to keep recording and making music but not make an album, and see what opportunities come our way? It takes the pressure off of us to make our ‘next grand statement’ to the world.”
In related news, spinART will on Oct. 12 release the double-disc Black set “Frank Black Francis,” which sports early Pixies demos plus new versions of the band’s songs recorded with Two Pale Boys.