Joey Santiago may well join Frank Black on tour next year, but as for a full-scale get-together...

PIXIES guitarist JOEY SANTIAGO has dismissed the idea of any band reunion, despite the likelihood of him playing live with former frontman FRANK BLACK in the New Year.

Speaking to NME.COM, Santiago dismissed a complete get together claiming it was Black himself putting a block on it.

"I don't think so, judging from the reaction of the singer, Frank Black. I don't think he will, he's content on his career and stuff and he does have a point. We abruptly ended. We were good. We ended on a high note."

The band spilt in 1991 following the release of their fifth studio album 'Trompe Le Monde'. It has long been believed that an irreconcilable rift between Black and bassist Kim Deal has prevented any chance of a get together. However, rumours of Black and Santiago playing together live have been gathering in recent weeks. At Black's solo London show in November he apologised to fans who had expected Santiago to appear saying "I'm sure we'll get together next time round". And as Santiago plays on Black's forthcoming album 'Dog In The Sand', released through Cooking Vinyl on January 29 2001, fans are hopeful that the pair will join up during Black's UK tour in February.

Both Santiago and Black have worked on the soundtrack of forthcoming British film 'Crime and Punishment in Suburbia', on limited release from January.

And as reported earlier on NME.COM, Kim Deal and sister Kelley made a shock return to playing live with their band The Breeders in Los Angeles last night. Click here for the story.

The other member of the Pixies quartet, drummer Dave Lovering, currently earns a living as a magician working on the US west coast.

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