Last month at Boston Calling we asked Massachusetts alt-rock legends the Pixies about their favorite memories of Cambridge rock club T.T. The Bear’s Place. Turns out they want to add a few more memories before the club closes next month, as the Pixies are returning to the room after nearly three decades for a not-so-secret show tonight.
The show is listed as “private party” on the club’s online calendar, and T.T’s has been hush-hush about the gig. But after weeks of rumors and speculation it looks like it’s actually going to happen.
Confirmation of the show was set to go out to the Pixies fan club this morning. Tickets will go on sale today at 2 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre box office in Boston. Tickets are $55 and non-transferable.
UPDATE: the band just released the following message, calling T.T.’s “one of the most iconic nightclubs in the country.” It reads:
To help bid adieu to Cambridge’s T.T. the Bear’s Place, one of the most iconic nightclubs in the country, Pixies will perform at the venue one last time TONIGHT.
Tickets will be priced at $55.00 and go on sale today at 2:00PM ET at the Orpheum Theatre box office.
They will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis with a two-ticket limit.
All interested must be present when purchasing the ticket as all ticket holders will be wristbanded when they buy their ticket. All attendees must be 18+, will need a valid ID, as well as their ticket and wristband in order to enter the club for the show.
According to setlist.com, the last time the Pixies played T.T.’s was July 30, 1987.
“T.T. the Bear’s is one of the clubs that broke us,” says Pixies’ Joey Santiago in a press release, “and we played there many, many times. And all the great bands that we saw there, we have a lot of wonderful memories of the place.”
Adds drummer David Lovering: “As I recall, it could be a little bit of a dangerous place. They have a bar and a pool table there, and I remember many times after soundcheck, just waiting to play the show, we’d play pool and get a little too drunk. It was a great place and as sad as it is that it’s closing, we’re very honored to be part of its last hurrah.”
After their Boston Calling gig, the Pixies have been on tour with Robert Plant, and their appearance at T.T.’s is the first of a string of big-name performances to help close out the rock club after more than 40 years of business. Details on the “T.T.’s Farewell Blowout” from July 17 to 25 has also been kept under wraps, though Scruffy the Cat will perform on the venue’s final night. This Saturday, the room will host a rock and roll yard sale to sell off memorabilia and club items built up over the past few decades.
Watch our interview with Santiago and Lovering below…