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Pixies Dazzle Toronto At V-Fest

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The Pixies turned in the set of the night at the first day of Toronto's Virgin Festival, treating fans to a bevy of favorites from throughout their career.

Front man Black Francis and company -- who reunited in 2004 after an acrimonious 10-year breakup -- had the energy of an up-and-coming band ready to take the world by storm during their hour-long set.

The passion brought by Francis and bassist Kim Deal, guitarist Joey Santiago and drummer David Lovering spilled over into the audience, who gave the band a genuine prolonged standing ovation at the set's conclusion.

During songs such as "Monkey Gone To Heaven," "Here Comes Your Man," and "Winterlong," Francis' and Deal's intertwining harmonies created soaring choruses that were elevated by the swirling guitar lines of Santiago, and the songs were turned into massive sing-along.

That's not to say the Pixies' softer side was the only thing that pleased the crowd. Francis drew roars from the crowd when he unleashed guttural screams during loud and frantic versions of "Nimrod's Son," from the 1987 EP, Come On Pilgrim and "Broken Face," which appeared on the group's full-length debut, Surfer Rosa in 1988.

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