The Pixies: Three Intimate Nights in Los Angeles + Beck at Jimmy Kimmel & more (Dec/2019)

My visits to Los Angeles are always an adventure packed with tons of fun, this time was no different. 
How about three nights of intimate Pixies shows? 

The Pixies - December 1st - No Vacancy - Hollywood, CA 

I'd been to this very unique spot in Hollywood last year while doing some filming for our King's X documentary. While the place is hopelessly for Hollywood hipsters who think they are in on some major secret that makes them feel special by patronizing the joint, it doesn't make it's decor & ambience truly one of a kind. Kind of feels like a Haunted Hotel with bar service. So I was happy to return, especially as the Pixies were gonna make a brief appearance ahead of their 2 intimate nights at the legendary Troubadour. Leave it to the Pixies, to outdo that by playing a place even smaller the night before. 

Also to be clear, this isn't a music venue, it's very much a hipster bar with a dance floor and theme that's made to feel like an old Hollywood mansion. The band setup on the "porch" where you would enter the courtyard to do your best Ella Fitzgerald impression. A brief, no frills, but fun mini-set consisting of three songs from their new LP Beneath The Eyrie as well as one of their biggest songs at the end. 

Setlist: 

Catfish Kate 
On Graveyard Hill 
Bird of Prey 
Monkey Gone to Heaven 

The Pixies - December 2nd-3rd - The Troubadour - Hollywood, CA 

The group is playing only six Close and Personal North American concerts with a rare stop at Troubadour for Opening Night. 

Night 1 

When I arrived the line wrapped around the block & I was eagerly excited to get inside. Not only was I about to see The Pixies in a tiny spot (again) but here at this Rock N Roll institution, a place I somehow, in all of my years of galivanting the world in the name of musical adventure, I'd never been here. 
Once inside, I was truly taken aback by just how intimate it really is. We had just seen the Elton John biopic Rocketman & of course that story includes his infamous star turn here back in the year of my birth & I couldn't imagine it was so tiny. Motley Crue played here during the earliest days of their career. Man what I would give to have been at one of those. 
But hey, I can't complain, now I'm here or two glorious nights with one of my fave bands of all time performing on their own terms, swept up in a torrent wave of creativity, improvisation and craftsmanship that was awe inspiring and mind blowing. 

There was no small talk or banter from the stage, but the giddy audience didn’t seem upset or disappointed. Instead, fans were entranced and mesmerized by the raw and explosive combination of eclectic talents of the founding members Black Francis, guitarist Joey Santiago, drummer David Lovering and the newest addition to the Pixies lineup, bassist Paz Lenchantin who joined the band permanently in 2016 after touring with them in 2014.  

With an expansive and generous set list of over 40 songs over two hours featuring material from their entire career + three covers while diving deep into their seminal catalog of material. All the songs that they performed stood as a testament and reminder of their legacy and enduring popularity that’s impossible to overstate. 

Setlist: 

Cecilia Ann (The Surftones cover)  
St. Nazaire  
Brick is Red  
Break My Body  
Wave of Mutilation  
Classic Masher  
Caribou  
Cactus  
On Graveyard Hill  
I’ve Been Tired 
Head On (The Jesus and Mary Chain cover)  
Hey  
Los Surfers Muertos  
Planet of Sound  
All the Saints  
Death Horizon  
Here Comes Your Man  
The Holiday Song  
Ready for Love  
Bird of Prey  
Nimrod’s Son  
Silver Bullet  
Gouge Away  
Bel Esprit  
Crackity Jones  
Isla de Encanta  
Something Against You  
Bone Machine  
Mr. Grieves  
Monkey Gone to Heaven  
Catfish Kate  
This Is My Fate  
Vamos (aborted)  
Ed Is Dead  
Where Is My Mind?  
Winterlong (Neil Young cover)  
Havalina  
Daniel Boone  
Motorway to Roswell  
In the Arms of Mrs. Mark of Cain  
Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf) 

 

Night 2 

The second night began with a false start that they good naturedly laughed off. The show wasn't quite as long & the place seemed to be more crowded but who can complain as they still performed a whopping 38 songs. 

Stuff

Setlist: 

Vamos (false start, restarted) 
Mr. Grieves 
Brick Is Red 
Nimrod's Son 
Blown Away 
The Holiday Song 
In the Arms of Mrs. Mark of Cain 
Ana 
Death Horizon 
Here Comes Your Man 
Where Is My Mind? 
Ready for Love 
Daniel Boone 
Ed Is Dead 
Break My Body 
Bird of Prey 
Silver Bullet 
Havalina 
Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf) 
Winterlong (Neil Young cover) 
Gouge Away 
Tame 
Cactus 
Los Surfers Muertos 
Hey 
Caribou 
Debaser 
Planet of Sound 
This Is My Fate 
Catfish Kate 
Velouria 
Snakes 
River Euphrates 
On Graveyard Hill 
Broken Face 
Isla de Encanta 
St. Nazaire 
Bone Machine 

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