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And so maybe, finally, once more, for the first time ever, Thompson is ready to give it to them. But will it be as a solo artist? Or as a member of a group?
"I remember performing recently [with the Pixies] in Zagreb, Croatia," Thompson says. "We were playing at a little outdoor sports arena and it was full. There were four-and-a-half-thousand people, so that's pretty good for a band that, you know, is in Croatia and hasn't put out a record for twelve years.
"And I was standing on the stage and I had this little inspired epiphany, enjoying myself there in the summer evening, in the big massive Pixies sing-along there with the Croatians. I said, 'You know, if I can't get the Pixies to record another record, screw it. Maybe I won't be able to come back to Croatia and deliver the Pixies, but maybe I can come up with something that will, you know, be an approximation of that.'"
In August Charles Thompson and family will take in the bounty of America's vistas among acoustic tour stops. But come September, somewhere within the nation's great expanse, the Pixies will get together to jam (but not like Phish).
Or they may not.
"If the Pixies are suspicious of me or if they think that they don't want to be in a band with me or if I don't have their vote of confidence then it's kind of over and I can't get there," Thompson says. "I can't get to that same space. I've never really felt the need to do it, but talking about Zagreb, Croatia, the other night, I mean, I'm thinking, 'Well, you know, maybe that's what people want, even if I can't do it with the original band.'"