Pixies guitarist enters rehab for drug and alcohol issues

Associated Press
FILE - In this April 12, 2014 file photo, Joey Santiago of The Pixies performs at the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival  in Indio, Calif.  Santiago has checked into a rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol issues. His Pixies band mates Black Francis, David Lovering and Paz Lenchantin said in a statement Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 that Santiago will be in a rehab center for “at least 30 days.” No more details were provided.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this April 12, 2014 file photo, Joey Santiago of The Pixies performs at the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Santiago has checked into a rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol issues. His Pixies band mates Black Francis, David Lovering and Paz Lenchantin said in a statement Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 that Santiago will be in a rehab center for “at least 30 days.” No more details were provided.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago has checked into a rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol issues.

His Pixies band mates Black Francis, David Lovering and Paz Lenchantin said in a statement Friday that Santiago will be in a rehab center for "at least 30 days." No more details were provided.

"This is the best thing that Joey could have done, and we're very proud that he's taken this step," Lovering said.

The rock band is set to release a new album, "Head Carrier," on Sept. 30. They said some of their promotional events will be affected by Santiago's absence.

"We ask all of our fans to support Joey while he's on this road to recovery," Lovering said.

The band has plans to tour Europe in November and December.