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Pixies’ Paz Lenchantin remembers Taylor Hawkins: “I felt like I saw him out there in our audience”

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Pixies bassist Paz Lenchantin recalls crossing paths with late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins while on tour.

“I’ve run into him many, many times on the road,” Lenchantin tells ABC Audio. “We’re like little birds, it’s, like, ‘Oh, there you are!’ … and that’s the only time that we really see each other.”

Lenchantin reveals that Pixies had actually been asked about possibly performing at the Hawkins tribute show in London earlier this month. She says she “got a call” from former A Perfect Circle bandmate Josh Freese, who was one of the many guest drummers who played with the Foos at the end of the concert.

“They were wondering what we were up to, that they knew that we were on tour,” Lenchantin shares.

While Pixies were indeed in England for the day of the tribute, they’d already been booked to play another show at the End of the Road festival. Still, Lenchantin felt Hawkins’ presence while on the latest Pixies tour.

“In the beginning of this tour, I felt like I saw him out there in our audience,” Lenchantin says. “I know that he was a Pixies fan.”

“For some reason, I don’t know why, I kept seeing him outside smiling in the audience,” she adds. “And it would kinda shock me.”

A second Hawkins tribute concert will take place September 27 in Los Angeles.

Pixies, meanwhile, are gearing up to release a new album called Doggerel on September 30. They’ll play a quick run of U.S. dates in October.

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