Pixies: First Show Slated at Paramount in Huntington

The Pixies
A fan photo of The Pixies playing a concert at an unspecified venue.
The Pixies
A fan photo of The Pixies playing a concert at an unspecified venue.

Seminal alternative rock band the Pixies announced Tuesday they will play the yet-to-be opened Paramount Theatre in downtown Huntington this fall, making them the first act to publicly release a tour schedule with a show at the new venue.

Dubbed the 2011 Doolittle “Lost Cities” tour on the band’s official website, the pilgrimage kicks off Oct. 27 at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclaire, NJ, then ends Nov. 21 in Santa Cruz, Calif. at Civic Auditorium. In between, the tour stops at nearly two dozen U.S. cities the Pixies never played before in their storied on-again, off-again career.


The Nov. 5 show at Paramount Theatre will be the Pixies’ eighth stop on the Lost Cities tour. The venue is the former home of the Inter-Media Arts Center (IMAC), which closed its doors in 2009 after 26 years of hosting jazz, folk and blues concerts.

Tickets go on sale July 15. Surfer Blood will open for the headliners.

Representatives were not immediately available for comment at Paramount Theatre LLC, which is currently renovating the theater. A grand opening date has not yet been announced.

Live Nation, an international concert management and ticketing company, reportedly has a deal to book live acts at Paramount. Live Nation representatives did not respond to requests for comment, either.

The tour continues the Pixies’ trek across the globe commemorating the anniversary of their landmark 1989 third album Doolittle, which celebrated its 22nd anniversary this April. Shows feature performances of the album in its entirety along with B-sides; the band recently wrapped up a spring tour through Canada, which included gigs in Detroit, St. Paul and Milwaukee.

The Pixies, hailing from Boston, Mass., consist of singer/guitarist Black Francis, lead guitarist Joey Santiago, singer/bassist Kim Deal and drummer David Lovering. The band broke up in 1993 following five albums: Come on Pilgrim (1987), Surfer Rosa (1988), Doolittle (1989), Bossanova (1990) and Trompe le Monde (1991) and reunited in 2004.

The Pixies are regarded as one of the most influential bands in rock, inspiring the likes of Radiohead, U2, Nirvana, among many others. Late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain once infamously stated he was “basically trying to rip off the Pixies” when he crafted the band’s epic anthem “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the first single from Nirvana’s multi-million-selling album Nevermind, praised as one of the best rock albums of all time.