Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pavement is back... it's official

I never really believe anything until I have a press release in-hand (or in-inbox).

But Pavement is really coming back. For serious.

Here's the release I got from Matador Records:

After years of speculation, the most important American band of the Nineties is returning to the stage with the lineup of Mark Ibold, Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg, Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich and Steve West reuniting for dates around the world in 2010. Please be advised this tour is not a prelude to additional jaunts and/or a permanent reunion.

Described in their own Wikipedia entry as having experienced "moderate commercial success," Pavement's catalog for the Matador, Domino, Drag City and Treble Kicker imprints has come to define in the eyes of many the blueprint for independent rock over the past generation. An evidentiary compilation release is planned to coincide with the touring sometime in 2010.

The first show announced is a New York performance on September 21, 2010 at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. A pre-sale begins at 10:00 AM EDT on Friday, September 18, 2009 (tomorrow). The password for the pre-sale is ZOWEE and the ticketing link is 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.

Please visit for details on this on-sale as well as all Pavement news as it develops.

Well, there you have it. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. I'd love to see Pavement (in a year), but I'm not going to New York to see them.

What do you think about Pavement coming back? Share in the comments.


  1. 1. I'm not going to NYC
    2. Hope they hit the midwest/denver area in something other than lollapalooza/festival form.
    3. Malkmus has been aging like fine wine in his solo career -> be interested to see how seriously he takes these gigs.
    4. It will be weird seeing them play again after all these years. Be a big college nostalgia trip.
    5. Yay!

  2. I bet they'll do a tour, but who knows where they'll go. Malkmus was in Omaha on election night last year with Blitzen Trapper. Should be pretty sweet, but I'm not buying tickets for a concert taking place a year and a few thousand miles away. I'll wait til they get closer to home.

  3. yeah, that election night Malk show was a great event. If a Pavement reunion show is half as fun it'd be a success...


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