Black Francis on the Pixies: "This Ain't About the Art Anymore... Now It's Time to Talk About the Money"
Published Feb 19, 2010For as long as broken-up bands have been booking reunion tours, naysayers have been there to call it a cash grab. When the Pixies first reunited in 2004, many suggested that these reunion shows were also primarily motivated by financial reasons. Now, it turns out that those Debbie Downers may have been right all along.
In a recent interview with The Quietus, Pixies front-man Black Francis was discussing the possibility of more Pixies shows, specifically ones where they'd play Surfer Rosa and Come on Pilgrim in full. Francis's sentiment was, essentially, "show me the money."
"We're interested in anything that's going to earn us a fair wage," he said. "It's not to say it's not about art, but we made that art fucking 20 years ago. So forget the fucking goddamn art. This ain't about the art anymore. I did the arty farty part. Now it's time to talk about the money. How much do you think we should sell the tickets for? Where do you think we should play? How many shows do you think we should play?"
Francis also talked a little more about the possibility of new Pixies material getting recorded. "It's not my decision, but I'd like it too," he said. "Of course I would. Do I seem like I've said anything in the past different? The more I talk about it with guys like you the less likely it is to happen."
Perhaps they'll change their minds when the money's right.