Departures — June 14, 2013 at 7:14 am

Pixies announce departure of bassist Kim Deal: ‘We wish her all the best’

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The Pixies this morning announced that bassist Kim Deal — who has spent much of this year touring with the reunited Last Splash-era lineup of The Breeders — has left the band , and, in a statement attributed to Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering, say “we will always consider her a member of the Pixies.”

The band released the following statement today:

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.

Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering

While the statement certainly implies the Pixies will continue on without Deal, no current touring plans have been announced. Nor has there been any confirmation of long-brewing rumors that the band has been recording a new album; Deal, in fact, long had been seen as the impediment to making a new record.

The Pixies broke up in 1993 after recording four studio albums, but reunited in 2004, and had performed sporadically since then. The band last toured in the fall of 2011.

Since reuniting, the Pixies have released two songs: the Deal-sung “Bam Thowk,” which you can hear below, and a cover of Warren Zevon’s “Ain’t That Pretty At All.”


Pixies, “Bam Thwok” (2004)






  1. Bummed they can’t make it work..

  2. There’s no Pixies without the 4 together, not for me anyway.

    ⊙⊙⊙⊙ AND THIS I KNOW ⊙⊙⊙⊙

  3. Thank god she left. Black is one of the most overrated singers/writers of the last 30 years.

    • ZOINKS!!!!!

    • He does seem like an inflated bit of a dick.

    • GG, whether I agree with ya or not, your double-whammy definitely earns you a “Great Balls of Steel” Award. The words “Slicing Up Eyeballs” and a “Doolittle” cassette are literally inches from your post. Either run with it or run like hell from it, right! If I had a site named after lyrics from “Priest=Aura” or something, and folks started bashing the Church, I’d be way too tempted to give them the “Destroy Alderaan” treatment! Kudos to Matt for keeping it real and letting it all (or so much of it) be heard. Cheers, man.

  4. hi kim ron b gann wayne 78 huber heights ohio hope u r doing well sure miss u and kelly tell kelly a big hi for me take care class mate ron b gann

  5. It does takes gigantic balls to dump a founding & iconic member in order to finally hit the studio after a 20 year break…

    • So is that why she left? Was she against the Pixies recording new material? If so, I can kind of see her point. Big risks with that, although I have to say, “Bam Thwok” is catchy.

      • So far, Black doing is solo stuff and Deal touring “Last Splash” as always been on the side of being in the (not really active) band. I can’t see the point in officialy leaving the Pixies if it’s not to allow the 3 others to recruit and move forward?

  6. I look forward to the next reunion tour in 4-5 years.

  7. ((RING)) ((RING)) “Hello Kelly? This is Frank. Do you need a job?”

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