by VVN Music
Pixies co-founder Joey Santiago has admitted himself to a rehab facility for "alcohol and drug issues" and will miss, at least, the next thirty days of shows.
The rest of the band posted an announcement on Facebook:
We need to confirm that Joey Santiago has checked into a rehabilitation center for at least 30 days to treat his alcohol and drug issues.Santiago and Black Francis first became friends while attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst, forming a band in January of 1986, eventually recruiting Kim Deal and David Lovering. All except Deal are still with the group with Paz Lenchantin replacing Deal in 2014.
This is the best thing that Joey could have done, and we’re very proud that he’s taken this step, and we ask everyone to support Joey while he’s on this road to recovery.
We fully intend to tour the UK and Europe this November and December, however Joey's time in rehab will affect some of the our planned promotional activities to support the new album release.
Black Francis, David Lovering, Paz Lenchantin
Along with the Pixies, Santiago has also composed for independent films and was a member of the Martinis.