PIXIES // KELVINGROVE BANDSTAND, GLASGOW

PIXIES PLAY FIRST OF TWO SOLD OUT NIGHTS AT GLASGOW'S KELVINGROVE BANDSTAND

PIXIES PERFORMING AT GLASGOW'S KELVINGROVE BANDSTAND - 07/08/2017
PICTURE BY: STUART WESTWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

★★★★★

To people of a certain age Pixies represent the heady days of past ventures …the soundtrack of their youths and many people will attend tonight to try and rescue some of that back into their livesbut to the younger generation Pixies are cult classics and a must see band, probably installed into their minds by their parents…who are probably with them!!!

Tonight is the first of a sold out 2 night stint in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Bandstand as part of the now annual Summer Nights Gigs. Known for their full throttle business like approach to playing live its quite safe to say there will be no scissor kicks or any silliness like talking to the audience just a wall full on noise.

PIXIES PERFORMING AT GLASGOW'S KELVINGROVE BANDSTAND - 07/08/2017
PICTURE BY: STUART WESTWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

As twilight descended on the bandstand the Pixies took to the stage and with a minimum of fuss they launched into Gouge Away and Wave of Mutilation followed by their cover of The Jesus And Mary Chain, tackled Head On.

With barely a stop for breath, almost Ramones-like, the songs come thick and fast, until they slow it down a bit for a sing-along Caribou.

PIXIES PERFORMING AT GLASGOW'S KELVINGROVE BANDSTAND - 07/08/2017
PICTURE BY: STUART WESTWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

The hair may have greyed and thinned and the waistline expanded a little (and that's not just the crowd), but the songs have the same energy as always. Black Francis vocals have lost none of their edge, Joey Santiago's clever, sonic lead guitar the perfect foil for his crisp rhythm guitar. Add to that the driving drums and powerful bass and you've got the prototype anti-pop band., oft imitated, but rarely, if ever bettered.

And so the songs kept coming, with the majority of the crowd on their feet and singing along, and a youthful moshpit loving every minute, but going especially wild on the bigger hits, like Monkey Gone To Heaven and the almost pop-like Here Comes your Man.

With the oncoming darkness, the stage lights fore and aft, transform this beautiful setting into Glasgow's own answer to Red Rocks, and it's quite a sight to behold. And The Pixies didn't just belong in the bottom of this garden, they owned it.

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PIXIES TOUR CONTINUES:

08 AUGUST - KELVINGROVE BANDSTAND - GLASGOW, UK
10 AUGUST - WAY OUT WEST FESTIVAL - GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN
11 AUGUST - ØYA FESTIVAL - OSLO, NORWAY
08 SEPTEMBER - THE OHANA FEST - DANA POINT, USA
19 SEPTEMBER - COLLEGE STREET MUSIC HALL - NEW HAVEN, USA
20 SEPTEMBER - JOHN M. GREENE HALL AT SMITH COLLEGE - NORTHAMPTON, USA

22 SEPTEMBER - THE WESTBURY THEATER - WESTBURY, USA
23 SEPTEMBER - STONE PONY SUMMER STAGE - ASBURY PARK, USA

24 SEPTEMBER - THE CAPITOL THEATRE - PORT CHESTER, USA
26 SEPTEMBER - STATE THEATRE - PORTLAND, USA
27 SEPTEMBER - METROPOLIS - MONTREAL, CANADA
29 SEPTEMBER - MASSEY HALL - TORONTO, CANADA
30 SEPTEMBER - MASSEY HALL - TORONTO, CANADA

01 OCTOBER - CENTER FOR THE ARTS - BUFFALO, USA
03 OCTOBER - THE AGORA THEATRE - CLEVELAND, USA

04 OCTOBER - STAGE AE - PITTSBURGH, USA
06 OCTOBER - THE FILLMORE - DETROIT, USA
07 OCTOBER - 20 MONROE LIVE - GRAND RAPIDS, USA

08 OCTOBER - THE CHICAGO THEATRE - CHICAGO, USA
10 OCTOBER - PALACE THEATRE - ST. PAUL, USA
11 OCTOBER - PALACE THEATRE - ST. PAUL, USA
12 OCTOBER - BLUESTEM AMPHITHEATER - MOORHEAD, USA
14 OCTOBER - PEABODY OPERA HOUSE - ST. LOUIS, USA

15 OCTOBER - THE MIDLAND - KANSAS CITY, USA
17 OCTOBER - BOULDER THEATER - BOULDER, USA
18 OCTOBER - FILLMORE AUDITORIUM - DENVER, USA
20 OCTOBER - LOST LAKE FESTIVAL 2017 - PHOENIX, USA
21 OCTOBER - THE CHELSEA AT THE COSMOPOLITAN - LAS VEGAS, USA
29 NOVEMBER - ROSELAND THEATRE - PORTLAND, USA
30 NOVEMBER - ROSELAND THEATRE - PORTLAND, USA

01 DECEMBER - ROSELAND THEATRE - PORTLAND, USA
03 DECEMBER - PARAMOUNT THEATRE - SEATTLE, USA
04 DECEMBER - QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE - VANCOUVER, CANADA

07 DECEMBER - FOX THEATRE - OAKLAND, USA
09 DECEMBER - UPTOWN THEATRE - NAPA, USA
10 DECEMBER - CITY NATIONAL CIVIC - SAN JOSE, USA

PHOTOS BY: STUART WESTWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY
REVIEW BY: PAUL LUNNY

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