We gave you some information and our assurances on the Pavement reunion yesterday, but there were still plenty of skeptics. Well, here goes: The band is, in fact, reuniting for a one-time-only tour in 2010. The lineup for the tour is Mark Ibold, Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg, Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich, and Steve West, which means Gary Young’s hanging out at home. Matador notes: “Please be advised this tour is not a prelude to additional jaunts and/or a permanent reunion.” As we mentioned, the first show takes place in NYC on 9/21/10 at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Yes, 2010, but a pre-sale begins tomorrow (9/18) at 10AM EDT. We have more details on that via Matador, along with a couple of vintage MP3s to get you in the mood.
A pre-sale begins at 10:00 AM EDT on Friday, September 18, 2009 (tomorrow). The password for the pre-sale is ZOWEE . The general on-sale is slated for 10:00 AM EDT on Friday, September 25, 2009. Please note that tickets will be available without surcharges from the Nokia Theatre box office in Times Square and from Earwax at 218 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg.
This is the ticketing link. You can read more at Matablog and should check out crookedrain.com for current/future details. As far as the past, here are a couple of flashbacks. (Speaking of the past: Anti-Pavement naysayers likely didn’t have ears in the early/mid ’90s. The band’s success/popularity had nothing to do with websites. Nobody had any when they hit.)
Here’s “Heckler Spray/In The Mouth A Desert” live 1994. Treat it like an oil well.
In an interview with RS, Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg says, “We’ll do some rehearsing in the new year. The Central Park shows, we’ll probably end up doing one or two of those. There’s festivals and stuff that we’re talking to, like Coachella. After that, anything that happens in the future is in the future.”
Matador also notes that there’ll be a “details-to-be-determined compilation album planned for release sometime in 2010.”