'This is the best thing that Joey could have done,' the band said in a statement
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Beloved indie-rock group Pixies shared a statement Friday concerning the health of founding guitarist Joey Santiago. According to the band, Santiago has gone into rehab to address problems with substance abuse.

“Today, Pixies’ Black Francis, David Lovering and Paz Lenchantin confirmed that the band’s lead guitarist Joey Santiago has checked into a rehabilitation center for at least 30 days to treat his alcohol and drug issues,” read the statement posted to the group’s website. “This is the best thing that Joey could have done, and we’re very proud that he’s taken this step,” Lovering said in the note.

Pixies will release their sixth studio album Head Carrier on Sept. 30. While the statement says they “fully intend” to go through with their European tour slated for November and December, it also notes that “Santiago’s time in rehab will affect some of the band’s planned promotional activities to support their new album.”

After a hiatus that spanned more than two decades, Pixies returned in 2014 with Indie Cindy, their first album since 1991’s Trompe le Monde.

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