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PIXIES PHOTOS & Review by Sue Static

Photos by Peter Schorn/Rock Out Shots

The Pixies at the Fox Theatre 4/22/2011 by Sue Static

Seminal alternative rock band The Pixies made a triumphant return to Detroit at the historic Fox Theatre on Friday, April 22. The influential Boston quartet blasted out a set of classic material that focused on their 1989 album "Doolittle" played in its entirety. The album is ranked Number 226 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "500 Greatest Albums of All-Time."

They started with four rare B-sides before launching into the album proper, kicking off with a roaring "Debaser" and continuing the "Doolittle" set for a sold-out Detroit audience. At one point, bassist Kim Deal asked the enthusiastic crowd, "Wow! Are you all from Detroit?", and the crowd response made it clear that they were.

The Pixies put on a powerhouse show, backed by an enormous video screen projecting various image montages from eyeballs to monkeys to the band members hamming it up onscreen. Having attended the band's original “Doolittle” tour, it was great to see that time hasn't slowed them down as they performed with gusto, clearly enjoying performing their old material.

The show concluded with two encores of more old hits such as "Gigantic," the “UK Surf” version of "Wave of Mutilation" and "Where is My Mind?" which was recently re-imagined for the soundtrack of “Sucker Punch.” We hope that the band continues this comeback with new material that they've been rumored to be working on when they return.