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The Pixies, or rather Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering (the other members), released a statement yesterday stating that bassist Kim Deal won’t be playing with the band anymore. Here is the official statement:
We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies. We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best.
Reactions to this news ranges from a known understanding (based on the tension between Deal and Francis) to the notion that The Pixies are not the same band without Kim (a fair assertion). This break up statement is notably more conciliatory than when Francis fired Deal from The Pixies in 1993 via fax. With rumors of a new album from the band flaring up last September, and a new book titled “Pixies: A Visual History” currently being worked on, this news comes as both a surprise and a let down.
Deal, who has not yet released a statement about her departure at this time, is currently touring with her band The Breeders to support the 20th anniversary re-release of their hit album Last Splash.