Pixies Announce European Tour for "Doolittle" 20-Year Anniversary

June 29, 2009 12:39 PM ET

Pixies will jump on the full-album-gig bandwagon to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1989 album Doolittle. Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering will perform the album in its entirety — with related B sides — on a 11-date U.K. and European tour that launches October 1st in Dublin (full itinerary after the jump). "We wanted to do something special for Doolittle's 20th anniversary," said Black Francis in a statement, "and we thought his was a good opportunity to play all of the songs from that album, something we don't normally do at a regular gig." Doolittle, the band's second full-length album, features breakthrough single "Here Comes Your Man," along with fan favorites "Wave of Mutilation," "Gouge Away" and "Monkey Gone to Heaven."

In mid-June, Pixies returned to the stage at the Isle of Wight festival, marking one of their first gigs since wrapping their 2004 reunion tour and its subsequent festival appearances. The band's monster Minotaur box set is on sale now.

Oct. 1 - Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia
Oct. 2 - Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia
Oct. 4 - Glasgow, Scotland @ SECC - Hall 4
Oct. 6 - London, England @ Brixton Academy
Oct. 7 - London, England @ Brixton Academy
Oct. 8 - London, England @ Brixton Academy
Oct. 9 - London, England @ Brixton Academy
Oct. 11 - Frankfurt, Germany @ Jahrhunderhalle
Oct. 13 - Amsterdam, Holland @ Heineken Music Hall
Oct. 14 - Brussels, Belgium @ Forest National
Oct. 15 - Paris, France @ Zenith

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