Joey Santiago, lead guitarist for Pixies, has checked into rehab. The band announced the news on Friday morning via Facebook, and said Santiago will spend at least 30 days in a rehabilitation center to treat “his alcohol and drug issues.”
“This is the best thing that Joey could have done,” the band wrote, “and we’re very proud that he’s taken this step, and we ask everyone to support Joey while he’s on this road to recovery.”
In their note, the other Pixies members—frontman Black Francis, drummer David Lovering, and relatively new bassist Paz Lenchantin—said the band still intends to press forward with their upcoming tour of the U.K. and Europe in November and December, in support of their fast-approaching new album, Head Carrier. The Pixies did acknowledge that Santiago’s stay in rehab will affect some of the group’s planned promotional activities surrounding the new LP. Head Carrier is out September 30 via Pixiesmusic/Play It Again Sam.