And they didn't even require that puppyish VH1 host to cajole them into reuniting. Alt-rock legends the Pixies confirmed Wednesday that they'll perform together, for the first time since their 1993 breakup, on an 11-city ''warm-up'' tour of the U.S. in April, culminating in a previously announced co-headlining gig at California's annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on May 1 (alongside similarly iconic bands Radiohead and Kraftwerk). After that, the reunited quartet -- singer/guitarist Frank Black (who called himself Black Francis during his Pixies years), bassist Kim Deal (who went on to front the Breeders), guitarist Joey Santiago, and drummer David Lovering -- will tour Europe from May 28 to July 10.
Later this year, the Pixies will also release a best-of CD, a collection tentatively titled ''Wave of Mutilation'' that will include a remix of ''Debaser'' and 22 other tracks. And there'll be a DVD, simply entitled ''PIXIES,'' that will include eight videos the band made in its heyday, a 1988 concert filmed at London's Town and Country Club, behind-the-scenes footage, and a documentary called ''Gouge'' that features testimonial interviews from such fans as Bono, Radiohead's Thom Yorke, and David Bowie.
Lovering has spent the last few years as a magician. ''I'd given up drums for a long time,'' he told Billboard last week. ''I haven't played them in years and years.'' He added that he was looking forward to rehearsing with his former colleagues, saying: ''It would just be fun to do it again. We just have fun playing.''