Joey Santiago of the Pixies Checks Into Rehab
This morning (Sept. 16), the Pixies announced that guitarist Joey Santiago has entered a rehab facility for substance abuse issues. They added that he is expected to be released in time for the band to begin its tour in support of their new album, Head Carrier.
“We need to confirm that Joey Santiago has checked into a rehabilitation center for at least 30 days to treat his alcohol and drug issues,” the band wrote on its Facebook page. “This is the best thing that Joey could have done, and we’re very proud that he’s taken this step, and we ask everyone to support Joey while he’s on this road to recovery. We fully intend to tour the U.K. and Europe this November and December, however Joey's time in rehab will affect some of the our planned promotional activities to support the new album release.”
Their tour is scheduled to commence Nov. 15 in Vienna, Austria with the last night being a Dec. 8 show in Birmingham, England, with three shows in Australia booked for March 2017. They have yet to announce U.S. dates. You can get full details on the Pixies' website.
Arriving Sept. 30, Head Carrier is the group’s fifth album and second since their 2003 reunion, which also produced 2014’s Indie Cindy. It marks the full-length studio debut of new bassist Paz Lenchantin, who sings lead on “All I Think About Now,” which is about founding bassist Kim Deal. “The song is not really intended for the listener to be thinking about the characters and our band’s history or anything like that,” frontman Black Francis said. “The lyric is more open-ended so that you can insert your own life into the song.”
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