What is a bad day for Pixies fans could be a good day for Breeders fans — it all depends on how you look at it.
According to CBS Seattle, Pixies bassist Kim Deal is leaving the band after a 25-year stint.
Deal, 52, has reportedly left on good terms as recent comments from her now ex-band mates have all been cordial. The remaining members said in a statement they are “very proud” to have worked with Deal. Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering also said they will always consider her a member of the group.
Though this isn’t the first time the band has made a significant change, it could be the first one where tempers aren’t flaring. In 1993, Black Francis (Frank Black) sent a fax to Deal and Lovering informing them they were no longer part of the Pixies. (Santiago was the only one to get an actual phone call).
Tensions between Deal and Black were never really kept secret as the band grew in popularity. Black once threw a guitar at Deal in the middle of a concert in Germany. Deal once reportedly refused to play a concert on that same tour and was nearly kicked out of the band.
The Pixies’ last tour was in 2011. Their last single was 2004′s “Bam Thwok.”
Deal’s departure from the Pixies could mean her other band, The Breeders, will see some more action. Earlier this year its members announced a tour to coincide with a 20th anniversary reissue of the band’s breakthrough album, Last Splash.
-Chris Coyle, JACK FM