The Pixies have confirmed that their guitarist Joey Santiago has entered rehab. The news comes just weeks before the band are due to release their latest record ‘Head Carrier’ on September 30.
An official statement on the band’s website has explained that the guitarist will be at the rehabilitation centre “for at least 30 days to treat his alcohol and drug issues”. Drummer David Lovering stated: “This is the best thing that Joey could have done, and we’re very proud that he’s taken this step, We ask all of our fans to support Joey while he’s on this road to recovery.”
‘Head Carrier’ is set to be the bands sixth studio album, and their second record since going on hiatus in 1992. The record was produced by Tom Dalgety who is best known for his work with Royal Blood, and has so far spawned three singles ‘Um Chagga Lagga’, ‘Talent’ and ‘Tenement Song’.
The album also marks the first full appearance of new bassist Paz Lenchantin who replaced Kim Deal in 2013. Lenchantin said of Deal: “I was very nervous in the beginning when I went to that first rehearsal. There were these shoes I felt I had to fill, and I tried to do the best I could for the fans. I tried to make the live performances true to the originals and I spent three years learning to understand what being a Pixie meant.”
While Santiago’s departure may effect some of the Pixies planned promotional activities, the band are remaining optimistic that the guitarist will be well enough to participate in their upcoming tour on Europe and the UK. The band are set to play a number of UK dates starting in November.
Here is a full list of UK tour dates:
Brixton O2 Academy – November 28-29, December 6
Leeds O2 Academy – November 30
Glasgow Barrowland – December 2
Newcastle O2 Academy – December 3
Manchester O2 Apollo – December 4
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena – December 7
Birmingham O2 Academy – December 8