Pixies drummer David Lovering on the surprising update to their live shows: 'We just wing it'

Virgin Radio

1 Jul 2022, 15:56

David Lovering from Pixies

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After performing together for a number of years, American rockers the Pixies have switched it up for their most recent shows. 

The Where Is My Mind group has been going since 1986, breaking up in 1993, coming back together in 2004 and making new music ever since. 

Pixies, made up of Black Francis, Joey Santiago, David Lovering and Paz Lenchantin, are heading back to the stage for London’s BST Hyde Park 2022, supporting fellow US hit-makers Pearl Jam on Friday 8th July. 

You’d think after 25 years performing together they’d have their classic routine set, but according to drummer David, they have made a huge change in how they perform in front of fans. 

David sat down exclusively with virginradio.co.uk ahead of their BST Hyde Park gig, and when asked if there are any traditions or routines that have stood the test of time, the musician shared lots has actually been altered. 

He told us: “I think we’ve become more professional in a way. Just the way we orchestrate ourselves, everything from our crew and everything like that. But I think the main thing that I think has changed is our show. 

“We'd write a setlist every night. And that setlist wouldn't be the same, it would change every night. But for the last, I would say, I'm counting COVID in with this, but for the last five or six years, we don't have a setlist.”

It turns out that the Pixies write one big ‘master list’ that they all use, as well as a microphone Francis, whose real name is Charles Thomspson, can speak into that the audience can’t hear. 

As long as the first song is known to everyone, the rest just flows, admitted David. He added: “We just wing it from there and you can kind of play it and kind of get [Francis] to design the show as it goes. There's different little things we have, his hand signals or acting like a monkey we're gonna play Monkey

“We all know how to communicate with each other, we pull it off. The only thing that sucks about it is our lighting designer and our sound man are taken by surprise at every song because they have no idea what's coming next.”

Pixies have just announced they're postponing their next gig in Berlin due to a COVID diagnosis, but are currently still scheduled to perform in Manchester on 5th July before their BST date.

The Pixies are performing at BST Hyde Park on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July. Tickets are available here.