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Hey! The Pixies to kick off a mini 'Doolittle' tour at the Palladium

July 28, 2009 |  2:39 pm

When the Pixies remind us, as they have today, that their groundbreaking "Doolittle" album is 20 years old, does this mean we can start calling the pre-grunge alternative nation era classic rock? Call it what you will (ed. suggestion: nostalgia), but that record was brilliant and dynamic, and good enough that the Boston quartet plans on surfing that wave of mutilation on a tour across the U.S. and Europe.

Promising to play all of the tracks from the 1989 4AD/Elektra release, as well as the B-sides (think "Weird at My School," "Dancing the Manta Ray" and "Bailey's Walk"), the Pixies will kick off their tour at the recently remodeled Hollywood Palladium. "We wanted to do something special for 'Doolittle's' 20th anniversary," Black Francis said in the band's announcement of the concerts, "and we thought this was a good opportunity to play all of the songs from that album, something we don't normally do at a regular gig."

Although many credit "Doolittle" as being the vehicle that really launched the careers of the Pixies (and subsequent solo projects by Black Francis/Frank Black and Kim Deal), the album didn't spend much time on the U.S. pop charts. Not to be overlooked is the video above created by one of the first YouTube phenoms, Tasha and Dishka of Israel, whose lip-synched tribute to the Doolittle hit "Hey" has been seen more than 27 million times.

Official concert and on-sale dates of the Doolittle Tour after the jump

November

4 The Palladium, Los Angeles -- on sale TBA
8 Fox Theater, Oakland -- on sale Aug.  16
9 Fox Theater, Oakland -- on sale Aug. 16
12 Paramount Theatre, Seattle -- on sale Aug.  1
13 Paramount Theatre, Seattle -- on sale Aug.  1
14 Hult Center, Eugene, Ore. -- on sale Aug.  14
16 The Fillmore, Denver -- on sale Sept.  12
20 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago -- on sale Sept. 12
21 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago -- on sale Sept. 12
23  Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City -- on sale Aug. 14
24 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City -- on sale Aug. 14
25 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City -- on sale Aug. 14
27 Wang Center, Boston -- on sale Sept. 12
30 Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C. -- on sale Sept. 11

Top video by Tasha and Dishka

-- Tony Pierce (who is hoping for "Tony's Theme" as the encore)

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