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....An evidentiary compilation release is planned to coincide with the touring sometime in 2010. (Source)
The big news around the indie music sphere today is/was the reunion show (show being singular) onsale of Pavement in NYC's Central Park on 9/21/NEXT YEAR (yup, 2010). It started at 10 am and...sold out pretty much instantly (I know, I was there. And no, I cannot believe I just bought effing tickets for something a year from now that does not include an airplane, a moving van, or the Space Shuttle Atlantis).
Do not fret not if you missed out and want to go because it seems Pavement's promoter is going buck wild with additional dates at the moment. At roughly 10:30 am, a 2nd and a 3rd date were added to follow that first Central Park show, and a 4th is rumored. (Tickets are available here, password is "zowee.")
At roughly $100 for a pair (thanks to Ticketmonster fees and such), the three shows all being mid-week, the haphazard way the shows were added like an ADD-suffering promoter went off his Ritalin ("Wait I'll add one more show! No, two more! No three!"), AND the onsale being a year in advance, the slags are numerous (and often pretty funny). I just hope Spiral Stairs doesn't choke Malkmus with his own handcuffs before the year is out. And how about that disclaimer in the announcement statement, "Please be advised this tour is not a prelude to additional jaunts and/or a permanent reunion"? Maybe this is a cash-in tour for them then, but as long as the performances aren't phoned in if you will, I say who cares. I, for one, am over the moon about finally getting to see this band live.
The remainder of the tour dates are to be announced sometime soon.
Update (4:02): 4th show was announced. Tickets are available here, password is "zowee."
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