The Pixies, Nick Cave to Return to Israel for Stadium Shows

The alternative rock group last played here three years ago; rock giant Nick Cave has also been confirmed for a November show.

Black Francis of the Pixies
Charles Thompson, aka Black Francis, as the Pixies rock Jaffa on June 17, 2014. David Bachar

Three years after their last performance in Israel, the American alternative rock band the Pixies is returning for another show. In contrast to their last performance for a crowd of 10,000 at Bloomfield Stadium, this time they will appear at the Caesarea amphitheater in front of 3,500 spectators. The concert will take place on July 25 and tickets have already gone on sale.

In addition, it was confirmed that rock giant Nick Cave will again appear in Israel. His performance will take place in November, but the final date and location have not yet been announced.

The Pixies - Hey

The Pixies will be playing songs from their latest album, “Head Carrier,” which was released last year. They are also expected to perform songs from earlier albums as well. Their performance will be produced by Shuki Weiss, who brought them here last time as well.

The Pixies are considered one of the greatest alt rock bands in the world. They began performing in Boston in the mid-1980s and their first EP, “Come on Pilgrim,” was released in 1987. When their first full-length album, “Surfer Rosa,” came out a year after, they took on a unique and distilled voice of American rock, blending catchy tunes with styles such as noise and metal. Two years later the band released their second album, “Doolittle,” considered one of the best rock albums of all times to this day.

The group later released two more albums before breaking up. Aside from one tour in 2004, the group started working together again in 2009, this time without Kim Deal. They have released two more albums since then.

Nick Cave's performance in November will be his fourth appearance in Israel. Last year Cave lost his 15-year-old son Arthur, who died after falling off a cliff. After this tragedy, Cave released “Skeleton Tree,” considered one of his best albums to date, and he will be performing songs from this album. Cave has declared his love for Israel several times, coming on private visits several times. He also recorded one of his songs here, together with the all-girl rock band The Witches (Hamachshefot).