Down Under: Pixies, RSO, Peaches

Pixies ship in new bassist … Richie Sambora and Orianthi make their way into Australia … Peaches imports her X-rated stylings.

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Pixies has announced a three-date run in Australia after wrapping up 2016 in Europe.

The new dates are locked in: Riverstage in Brisbane gets a show March 2, Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne has March 4 and Hordern Pavilion in Sydney will see the band March 7.

The lineup will consist of vocalist and guitarist Black Francis, lead guitarist Joey Santiago, drummer David Lovering, and bassist Paz Lenchantin. This will be the first time Aussies will see Lenchantin performing as a member of Pixies. Some may recognize her as the former bassist of A Perfect Circle.

Pixies has a new album, Head Carrier, coming out Sept. 30 and the group has a single, titled “Um Chagga Lagga” available for streaming.

A presale opens Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. local time The general onsale starts Sept. 2  at 10 a.m. is the place to go for more on the band.

RSO, the collaboration between Richie Sambora, former guitarist for Bon Jovi, and Aussie-native Orianthi, is set to tour Australia in September.

Five shows are currently scheduled, the first being Sept. 23 in Perth and the last being Sept. 30 in Brisbane.  Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney are all on the routing as well, so the duo will be busy rambling around the continent.

After the run down under, the supergroup has a pair of shows in Japan in October and an extended run in the United Kingdom with Bad Company, culminating in an appearance at  in London Oct. 29.

Sambora and Bon Jovi were reportedly not on speaking terms for several years, but the two recently traded positive tweets related to their new endeavors, indicating that the figurative hatchet is likely buried.

Fans may recognize Orianthi from her solo material and her work with Michael Jackson, Carrie Underwood, and Alice Cooper.

RSO has been posting images of band members in the studio onto its Facebook page, so an album will eventually be coming, but fans can expect hits from both artists’ extensive catalogues at the upcoming shows.

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Here is their Australian routing:

Sept. 23 – Northbridge, Australia, Metro City
Sept. 26 – Hindmarsh, Australia, Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Sept. 27 – Melbourne, Australia, Margaret Court Arena
Sept. 29 – Newtown, Australia, Enmore Theatre
Sept. 30 – Brendale, Australia, Eatons Hill Hotel & Function Centre

There will be a presale starting Aug. 29, the general public can get tickets the following day on Aug. 30. The best place for info on upcoming RSO gigs is the band’s Facebook page.

Peaches is headed to the land of Vegemite and kangaroos this December for four dates promoting her latest album, “Rub.”

The gigs start Dec. 9 at  in Sydney and end Dec. 15 at The Tivoli in Brisbane. Along the way the singer will be playing at  Dec.10 in Victoria and  in Melbourne Dec. 11.

Peaches is known for the highly sexual content of her music, videos, live performances and general persona. She puts her musical chops on display with performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar,” in which she sings all the parts.

Peaches plays  in St. Cloud, France this weekend, then she is in the U.S. for September and a bit of October.

On this run she is playing stuff from 2015’s Rub, which could be considered among her more inflammatory material.

Tickets to the Australia shows are on sale now. If you want more on Peaches, but wish to avoid her fairly explicit website, you might want to check out her Facebook page.