The reactivated underground rock heroes Pixies have a new album called Head Carrier coming out at the end of the month, but it’ll be a little while before they’re really out there promoting it. On the band’s website, they’ve shared a statement about guitarist Joey Santiago checking himself into rehab for at least a 30-day stay to deal with alcohol and drug issues. Santiago’s scraping, buzzing sound has had an immeasurable influence over the last few decades of rock, and it’s good to see that he and the band are handling whatever problems he might have. Here’s the full statement:
Today, Pixies’ Black Francis, David Lovering and Paz Lenchantin confirmed that the band’s lead guitarist Joey Santiago has checked into a rehabilitation center for at least 30 days to treat his alcohol and drug issues.
“This is the best thing that Joey could have done, and we’re very proud that he’s taken this step,” said the band’s David Lovering. “We ask all of our fans to support Joey while he’s on this road to recovery.”
While the Pixies fully intend to tour the UK and Europe this November and December, Santiago’s time in rehab will affect some of the band’s planned promotional activities to support their new album Head Carrier, due out September 30.
We’ll keep you up to date on how the band’s plans change going forward.