As if we weren't already majorly excited about the upcoming Pixies Doolittle tour: now it's been revealed that in addition to mind-blowingly amazing tunes, the Pixies will be treating audiences to a multimedia extravaganza, blowing eyes, ears, and possibly mouths and noses away.
To properly celebrate the 20th anniversary of Doolittle, the band enlisted long-time lighting designer Myles Mangino and designer Paul Normandale, who partnered with filmmakers Judy Jacobs, Tom Winkler, Brent Felix, and Melinda Tupling to create 11 films especially for the tour. The films will be projected onto a massive screen as visual accompaniments to 12 of the 21 songs in the Doolittle set. Additionally, "four huge, undulating, eyeball-like spheres are flown just below the lighting rig and become part of the concert's light show."
A few examples of what to expect were detailed in the press release:
"Visuals accompanying the song "Debaser" are from a compilation titled "Forbidden Images." The hauntingly beautiful black and white footage from the 1920s depicts the beginning of the women's rights moment, showing women's exuberant playfulness, femininity and sensuality. The footage, a little too progressive for that time period, was originally banned from theatres."
"For "Here Comes Your Man," a four-way split screen displays close up images of the band members dancing along to the song; "I Bleed" sees blood dripping down the screen in time to the music; "Hey" features hand-drawn animation of the song's lyrics by Hollywood animator Tom Winkler; clouds, black holes, and Mankind's arrogance destroying the Earth are the focus for "Monkey Gone to Heaven," while "La La Love You" is a humorous animated piece starring hearts with legs."
Holy guacamole. Tour dates are as follows:
11.04.09 Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium
11.05.09 Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium
11.06.09 Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium
11.08.09 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11.09.09 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11.10.09 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
11.12.09 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
11.13.09 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
11.14.09 Eugene, OR @ Hult Center
11.16.09 Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
11.17.09 Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
11.19.09 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11.20.09 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11.21.09 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11.23.09 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
11.24.09 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
11.25.09 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
11.27.09 Boston, MA @ Wang Center
11.28.09 Boston, MA @ Wang Center
11.30.09 Washington, D.C. @ Constitution Hall
12.01.09 Washington, D.C. @ Constitution Hall