Pixies guitarist Frank Black credits bassist Kim Deal's anti-drink and drugs policy with making the band's reunion possible.

Black was reluctant to reform the group, following their split in the early 90s, and only agreed to a comeback tour last year (04) after Deal promised to stay away from alcohol and illegal substances.

Black - real name CHARLES THOMPSON - says, 'Kim said to me, 'Charles, I really hope you understand that I really want this tour to be a dry tour because I'm not drinking right now and I don't want to start drinking again.' Once I realised that, I was like - oh this is going to be a lot easier.

"The fact that she's not drinking has caused everyone else not to drink, because we're all trying to be supportive, and as a result everyone is pulling together.

"No one's drunk, no one's high, everyone's on top of it and not tired because they're hungover.

"I think it's really helped having that factor removed from the tour."

10/01/2005 09:41