Joey Santiago of The Pixies has entered rehab for alcohol and drug issues. The news was released to fans on Facebook this morning (Sept. 16).
“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,” the band wrote.
“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.”
The other band members, including Black Francis, drummer David Lovering and new bassist Paz Lenchantin said that the band will still be touring the U.K. and Europe this upcoming November and December. The tour is in support of their forthcoming album, entitled Head Carrier.
Through the message, the band did note that his 30 day stay will be effecting promotion for the new LP, slated to be released on Sept. 30 via Pixiesmusic/Play It Again Sam.
The band have gone through several upheavals in the past few years, including the removal of bassist Kim Deal. Their last release, Indie Cindy, came in accordance with 2015 North American tour dates that included stops at Boston Calling and Shaky Knees Festival.
Indie Cindy had been the first album released since Trompe le Monde in 1991, with a few EPs released along the way in 2013 and 2014. It received mixed reviews due to the fact that Kim Deal was not featured.
Deal for her part remained quiet about her departure from the band, which occurred in June 2013, choosing instead to focus on her musical endeavors with The Breeders.