US indie legends Pixies marked the release of their new and seventh studio album Beneath The Eyrie with an in-store appearance at Tower Records in Dublin on Thursday afternoon ahead of their sell-out show at the Olympia Theatre.

The band, Paz Lenchantin, Joey Santiago, Charles Thompson IV and David Lovering, signed albums and spoke to fans at the shop at lunchtime.

Pixies played a 39-song set last night at Ulster Hall in Belfast, including new track Los Surfers Muertos, and classics such as Caribou, Velouria, Nimrod's Son, Wave of Mutilation, and an encore of Debaser.

Regular visitors to Ireland, Pixies have played many gigs here over the years, since their first Irish show at Dublin's National Stadium in 1990. They have also headlined several Irish festivals.

Tower on Dublin's Dawson is no stranger to visits from international music stars and earlier this year Bob Dylan surprised staff at the shop when he sent them a signed copy of his 1997 album Time Out of Mind to mark Record Store Day.

In his note to Tower, the music legend, who is nearly 60 years in the music industry, said he is a big fan of Tower Records and thanked staff for "still selling records". 

Staff put the framed album on the wall behind the main cashiers' desk.

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