Let me get this out of the way first: I’m biased. I’m a huge Pixies fan and I freely admit it, OK?
Well then, now that that’s out of the way… :-)
Yesterday’s concert was simply superb. I had such a good time it was unbelievable!
It went down as it usually does with them: get on stage, play all the songs end-to-end, note-perfect and completely ignore the audience (except for Kim’s timid attempts at a few “thank yous” and “hellos” barely audible above the applause and cheers). Nothing’s changed in that respect.
The only gripes I have about the concert are the encore’s choice of song (Here Comes Your Man for an audience of essentially hard-core fans is a bad, bad choice…) and the fact that they didn’t play The Happening but Hey! (pardon the pun), you can’t have everything and they did play something like an hour and a half almost non-stop.
Some kids were going on, after the show, about how they will never again go to see any dinosaurs’ concerts and how they didn’t like the show all that much. Well, I can totally understand where they’re coming from –from a show or entertainment point of view it was a very poor concert– but these are The Pixies, what in the world did they expect?
Also I must say I rather liked the band that opened up the show. I’d never heard of them before and only just found out their name: The Vicious 5, a Portuguese band from Lisbon who played for some 20-odd minutes and gave a show far more envolved than the Pixies themselves. Very noisy rock mind you, but very well played.