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Chicago Riot Fest Adds Pixies, Joan Jett, Andrew W.K. & More

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Black Francis of the Pixies. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Black Francis of the Pixies. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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Already boasting musical heavyweights Fall Out Boy, Blink-182, Public Enemy and recently reunited alt-rock legends the Replacements, Chicago’s Riot Fest (scheduled for September 13-15) has announced a slew of additions to the line-up, including the Pixies, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Andrew W.K.

The line-up additions come as a handful of previously announced performers bow out of the festival, such as Bad Brains, Attack Attack! and most notably Motörhead, who’ve cancelled all 2013 tour dates while frontman Lemmy Kilmister deals with health issues. See the complete Riot Fest Chicago line-up.

Pixies will perform the show with Kim Shattuck of the Muffs handling bass duties, as founding member Kim Deal officially quit the band earlier this year. Undaunted, the Pixies released a new song, “Bagboy,” their first new material since one-off 2004 single, “Bam Thwok.”

“Along with everyone’s favorites, we’ll be playing songs that we haven’t played in ages or never played live before,” said Pixies frontman Black Francis in a press statement. “Songs like ‘Brick is Red,’ ‘Havalina,’ ‘Tony’s Theme.’ and ‘Sad Punk.’ We’ve probably rehearsed some 80 songs, so we’ll be able to change up the set at the last minute if we feel like it.”

While 3-day VIP packages for the festival are sold out, general admission tickets for the weekend are still available for $149.98. Single-day passes will go on sale Wednesday, July 24.

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