The Pixies made the most of their first-ever headlining gig in Santiago, Chile last night, capturing the celebratory emotion of the just-completed Mina San José rescue and bottling it up into a 33-song set.
Listen to the crowd react as Black Francis prefaces the set by recognizing the need celebrate this day and adding, “so we’re going to play 33 songs tonight….”
Can’t possibly dream up a more timely (or easier to write) press release for someone in music PR:
The band’s scheduled performance happened to fall on the very night that the 33 miners were dramatically rescued from 69 unimaginable days trapped 2000 feet below the surface of the earth.
I’m doubly envious as I felt a bit short-shrift by the last Pixies show I saw (at the Palladium this year) especially compared to a 33-song set (plus two-song encore).
“We were so moved by this story,” said Pixies’ Black Francis, “by how many lives had been affected by this, and how the Chilean people banded together to support what can only be described as a miracle. We wanted to do something to show how affected we were by this, so we played a special set at tonight’s show, 33 songs for the 33 miners, the longest set we’ve ever played as a band. We found out five minutes before we went on stage that all of the miners had safely reached the surface. This was definitely one of the most meaningful show we’ve ever played.”
The Pixies’ special 33 Songs for 33 Miners set (plus two encore songs) consisted of:
Wave of Mutilation
Monkey Gone to Heaven
Something Against You
Isla de Encanta
Is She Weird
Break My Body
Dig For Fire
Ed is Dead
Here Comes Your Man
Where Is My Mind