SMALL TALK!

Joey Santiago reckons the atmosphere in the camp is good as the band prepare to hit the road for the first time in 12 years...

Pixies guitarist JOEY SANTIAGO says he’s having “fun” with the reunited band – despite his initial reservations about hitting the road again.

The band’s world tour starts next week in Minneapolis – the first time the indie rockers have played together in 12 years. And Santiago says he’s enjoying rehearsals – despite not being able to remember all the songs.

He told MTV: “It was pretty weird. But it was literally only weird for a little while. Once we started playing, that was it … it was fun. It was on to business.”

He added: “There were a few muscle memory moments. Charles (frontman Black Francis) came in and started playing songs we haven’t touched in a while and it was like, ‘Whoa! How does that one go again?’.

“When we started getting back together, in my perspective anyway, I wanted to see if it would be embarrassing to do. If it was, maybe we should (have just kept it) on a high note, you know? But it turns out it’s really fun, really good.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, Pixies are to release 15 live albums – one from each of gig on their forthcoming North American reunion tour.

The records will all be strictly limited editions and fans at the concerts will have first chance to buy them.

The live albums will be pressed at the shows in a limited edition of 1,000, with the exception of their Coachella Festival gig, where 2,000 will be made, Rolling Stone reports.

Half of the CDs will be available to pre-order through [url=]disclive.com

with the rest being sold at the show. Any left over will be sold through the website. The recordings are individually numbered, foil-stamped, limited edition double-CD copies and will feature artwork individual to each show.

The tour also includes a massive European jaunt, including the previously announced residency at the London Brixton Carling Academy (June 2-5), which has sold out.

The band have just announced yet another show, in Geneva on June 27, thus finally putting paid to any hopes of a Glastonbury appearance.

The full world tour visits:

Minneapolis Fine Line Music Cafe (April 13)

Winnipeg Burton Cummings Theatre (14)

Regina Doris Knight Ballroom (15)

Saskatoon Prairieland (17)

Edmonton Red’s (18)

Calgary MacEwan Hall (19)

Victoria Curling Club (21)

Vancouver Commodore Ballroom (22-23)

Spokane Big Easy (24)

Boise Big Easy (25)

Eugene MacDonald Theatre (27/28)

Davis Freeborn Hall (29)

Coachella Festival (May 1)

Curtiba Pop Festival (8)

Reykjavik Kaplakrika (May 26)

Barcelona Primavera Sound (28)

Madrid Festimad Festival (29)

Landgraaf Pinkpop Festival (30)

London Carling Brixton Academy (June 2-5)

Paris Le Zenith (7)

Vienna Aerodome (10)

Lisbon Super Bock Super Rock Festival (11)

Dublin Phoenix Park (12)

Paris Zenith (14)

Paris Parc des Princes (15)

Hultsfred Festival (17)

Bologna Heineken Jammin’ Festival (19)

Ljubljana Krizanke Monastery (20)

Athens Rockwave (21)

Scheesel Hurricane Festival (25)

Neuhausen Southside Festival (26)

Geneva Arena (27)

Berlin Wuhlheide (29)

Roskilde Festival (July 2)

Belfort Les Eurockeenes Fesitval (3)

Werchter Festival (4)

Kristiansand Quart (8)

T in the Park Festival (11)

Fuji Rock Festival (July 30/Aug1)

V Festival (August 21-22)

Seattle Bumbershoot Festival (September 6)

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