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This Week’s Featured Artist: Weezer and The Pixies

Adam Young | November 7, 2017
Musicians from Weezer and The Pixies.
There’s no official name for the upcoming 30-date tour that unites The Pixies and Weezer for the first time, but perhaps “Why Didn’t Anyone Think of This Sooner?” would be a good suggestion. These two bands have so much in common that putting them together on the road seems like a no-brainer. But despite their musical similarities, their career paths have been very different.

The Pixies’ initial run from 1986-93 established them as the ultimate underground alt-rock band. Their lead singer, Black Francis, aka Frank Black, essentially created the template from which Weezer would later spring, matching ultra-loud, heavy guitar riffs with irresistible pop melodies, made even sweeter by the vocal harmonies of bassist Kim Deal. Still, despite critically acclaimed albums like Doolittle and Bossanova, the band never grew past cult status during their lifetime.

But when The Pixies reunited in 2004, it was a different story. With bands like Radiohead, Nirvana, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon and, yes, Weezer, singing their praises, the band has had tremendous success on the road, selling out show after show for more than a decade.

For Weezer, led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Rivers Cuomo, success was immediate. Their 1994 self-titled debut album, featuring singles like “Say It Ain’t So,” and “Buddy Holly,” went triple-platinum, and they’ve sold nearly 20 million records around the world since then. They’ve won a Grammy and scored further hits like “Pork and Beans,” and “Beverly Hills,” all built on a formula they borrowed from the Pixies: massive guitars, quirkiness and effortlessly catchy hooks.

It only makes sense that these two alternative-rock giants have teamed up for a tour that will include stops in New Orleans, Dallas, Nashville, Atlanta, and Charlotte, among cities. Tickets are available Friday.
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