Pixies Guitarist Joey Santiago Enters Inpatient Rehab

By McCarton Ackerman 09/20/16

The band is still hopeful that Santiago will be able to join them for their European tour throughout November and December.

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Legendary alternative rock band the Pixies has canceled several upcoming appearances, including a spot on Conan, while guitarist Joey Santiago enters treatment to address his substance abuse issues.

The band announced last Friday that the longtime lead guitarist will spend at least 30 days at an undisclosed facility. "This is the best thing that Joey could have done, and we're very proud that he's taken this step," said Pixies drummer David Lovering in a statement. "We ask all of our fans to support Joey while he’s on this road to recovery.” 

Rolling Stone reported that the band canceled numerous appearances to promote their new album Head Carrier, to make time for Santiago to enter treatment. However, the band is still hopeful that he will be able to join them for their European tour throughout November and December.

This isn’t the first time the Pixies has dealt with drug use. Their former bassist, Kim Deal, had a long struggle with substance abuse before putting herself into rehab around Christmas in 2002.

“When I was drinking, it was like, go to the bar for eight hours or get the 12-pack at the house. It was exactly the same thing over and over again every day—it was the most boring thing. If it was really fun and exciting, I would still do it,” she said to Spin in April 2008.

“In the beginning, it was just weird to be sober. I was stunned by the length of the day. You just wake up, and you’re like, 'Okay,' and then ten hours later, you’re like, 'Is this ever going to fucking end? God, what do people do with their fucking day, man?'"

But gradually, Deal got the hang of sobriety and has maintained it ever since. She’s removed herself from potential triggers, preferring to live near family in Dayton, Ohio, rather than indulge in big city life.

“There’s too much for me to do in New York. I just get there and do every drug I can get my hands on. I have no idea how to set up a life there—the idea of, like, hitting a café and having brunch in a summer dress, maybe with a hat,” she told Spin. “I just go there and go to studios and then hook up with the drug dealers. But I don’t do drugs anymore.”

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