Rocker Kim Deal has quit as bassist of the Pixies after 27 years.

Deal, who is currently on tour in Europe with her 'side project' The Breeders, has left the band she joined in 1986, it was announced on Friday (14Jun13).

Her Pixies bandmates broke the news online but insisted she is free to return to the band whenever she chooses.

A statement from Pixies posted on reads, "We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave The Pixies. We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best."