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Posted at 3:36 PM ET, 04/21/2005

Double Bill Doubleheader

By washingtonpost.com

Update: Sonic Youth will in fact not be performing with The Pixies. Taking their place will be hipster band of the moment, Bloc Party. Tickets for this show go on sale on Saturday at 10 a.m. After two separate presales on Friday, of course.

Although it hasn't been officially announced, it's all but confirmed that The Pixies will be coming back to the area on June 13 at Merriweather Post Pavillion. After the incredibly successful first leg of their reunion tour - which included two ferocious, sold-out shows at Constitution Hall back in December - the quartet that set the stage for the '90s alternative boom is deservedly stepping up in class. Things get really interesting with the support act, though. Industry speculation was that Weezer would be joining The Pixies this summer, but those plans appear to have been scrapped. Sonic Youth - alt-rock royalty in their own right - announced on their Web site earlier this week that they would be supporting The Pixies for two dates this summer, one of which will be the Merriweather show. The Pixies and Sonic Youth sharing a bill? Man, if it was 1989, this would very possibly be the greatest show of all time. In 2005, it's merely especially excellent. Don't let their ages fool you; both bands still rock quite hard and carry themselves with a refined poise on stage that lots of younger acts - say, every band on this bill - could learn from.

But don't use up all of your energy on June 13. You have to save some for the next night, when Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson check into Prince George's Stadium in Bowie. The two did a tour of minor league ballparks last summer and apparently had such a good time that they decided to do it again. Or maybe Bob and Willie just saw that these guys stole their idea this summer and wanted to show them how it's really done. In any case, while you can't really argue that either Dylan or Nelson are in their prime - carpal tunnel syndrome has made Willie more of a guitar strummer than a guitar player, and Bob doesn't even bother with guitar anymore, banging away on a keyboard instead - there's still something to be said for hanging out in a ballpark and seeing two legends up on stage. I was at their show at Ripken Stadium last summer and despite - or maybe even because of - a torrential downpour, it was one of my most memorable recent concert-going experiences. And it's fun for the whole family, too. Kids 12 and under get in for free with a paying adult. Tickets for this show go on sale next Saturday morning.

--David

By washingtonpost.com  | April 21, 2005; 3:36 PM ET
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