For the second time since reuniting, the Pixies will be making their second stop in San Diego on Saturday, and for the second time, this once adoring fan will not be in attendance. Unlike the first time in which I boycotted their show out of principle, refusing to pay thirty-five bucks to see a band play fifteen-year-old songs, this time I'll be staying away because of my general dislike of festivals, particularly ones that are held in stadium parking lots. I hate not seeing the Pixies, though I'm still not sure I'm a fan of this reunion. I keep wondering what they are doing other than padding their pockets, and until they put out new material worthy of paying more than a few bucks to see performed live, I'll continue to miss their shows. Still, it would be nice to see "Debaser" live.
So just what does a band such as the Pixies demand on their rider? According to the San Diego Reader's "Blurt" section:
[T]he "male dressing room" (Frank Black, Joey Santiago, David Lovering) needs a sliced smoked salmon platter, a tin of Suisse Mocha International Coffee, a veggie platter "with hummus," and a cheese selection "to include roule" (flavored with herbs). The 48 beers must be nonalcoholic and any bottled water is okay, except Aquafina. The guys also want eight packs of foam earplugs ("yellow sponge ones"). Kim Deal's dressing room requires only still water, spring water, and a 12-pack of nonalcoholic beer.
You can see an actual copy of a Pixies' concert rider here.
Or you can listen to a new BBC Radio documentary on the band. Narrated by Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme.