Posted in music | tour dates on September 17, 2009

'Please be advised this tour is not a prelude to additional jaunts and/or a permanent reunion.'

Pavement

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 here. 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 www.crookedrain.com for details on this on-sale as well as all Pavement news as it develops

Note that the above press release says "dates around the world in 2010" and "tour".

PREVIOUSLY: Pavement reunion double confirmed w/ exact NYC date

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Comments (120)

Ticket on sale a YEAR in advance? That's a new one...

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 10:56 AM

ticket links, they don't function

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 10:57 AM

Wow I can't believe how pre-emptive they are being with. I mean, I loved Crooked Rain... and it was basically the soundtrack to my college years and all, but an entire year is a long time to be holding onto tickets. I'm sitting hear with debating whether I should have my credit card ready to go hours and hours before to be fully prepared, or maybe just hold off and have my cum rag out because I am unsure how big of a silken, sticky wad I am going to nut out when I see that "Find Tickets" link pop up while my thick, erect, nicely groomed white hipster cock stands more solid than Pavement's entire catalog. Steven Malkmus is not only one of the most iconic indie songwriters from the past two decades, but a smart businessman at that.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 10:58 AM

They must really need the money now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 10:58 AM

yeah, because they're not available until tomorrow.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 10:58 AM

"ticket links, they don't function"

Sometimes they know what the ticket link is before the page is activated on Ticketmaster.

Posted by brooklynvegan | September 17, 2009 10:58 AM


when i can i purchase tickets to their 2014 show?

Posted by smashmark | September 17, 2009 11:00 AM

I don't know what it is yet, but I'll be doing something way better that night....

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:01 AM

Doubtful

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:04 AM

THIS IS THE BEST NEWS EVER. How can the rest of you not be excited that pavement is finally back together? And yes it's a year in an advance but honestly in a year I will still be excited that Pavement are back together.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:07 AM

Will this be a one off, or part of a tour?


I'd actually just like to see the SM+ The Jicks before I see pavement...

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:10 AM

The most important American band of the 90's?!?

How quickly we forget about Hootie & His Blowfish.

Without Hootie, there could be no Sister Hazel, remember that.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:11 AM

waiting 1 year to see a show on a TUESDAY night = FAIL!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:13 AM

I'm rather embarrassed about my plan to buy these tomorrow.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:13 AM

10:58 should be the new standard for BV commentary.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:13 AM

ps - what a stupid venue choice!

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:14 AM

A year in advance? You've to be kidding me. They're not even that good.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:14 AM

i still think this whole thing is a joke.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:15 AM

If this is a joke, do they reveal the punch line tomorrow or in a year?

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:16 AM

Does anyone have the set times for this 2010 show? Just want to make sure I can make it, you know? My calendar for next years is packed already.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:16 AM

This shit smells like Michael Jackson's London shows.

Posted by M | September 17, 2009 11:18 AM

What is a good Pavement song? Can't think of one.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:19 AM

most important band of the 90's? selling tickets a year in advance?
are these guys that fucking full of themselves?
i was excited to hear about the reunion initially but this just pisses me off.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:23 AM

9:30 it is? Good, because I have something at 11:00. I can't change it, because I already moved it twice.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:23 AM

i think the good song goes like.."pigs they tend to wiggle when they walk"

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:24 AM

If I lived in NYC and was a Pavement fan, I might consider buying the tickets, but c'mon... You guys all know they'll probably have played NYC 3 or 4 times before this September date, alongside dates at Coachella and Lollapalooze, etc. many months before?

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:24 AM

this is fucking ridiculous..

Posted by JT | September 17, 2009 11:26 AM

I just heard from a reliable source that they are doing this because the really need the money now. 100% confirmed

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:27 AM

"most important band of the 90's?"

I doubt the band actually wrote that. It's on the promoter's website.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:28 AM

where were you guys when pavement and guided by voices played roseland, or with dirty three at the academy, or malkmus at the knitting tap bar playing tons of pavement covers on an acoustic?

i rulez!

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:29 AM

The band blows. They only became popular because mainstream college kids thought they could be cool by listening to "indie" rock.

Posted by Steve Veras | September 17, 2009 11:29 AM

10:58's rag metaphors are the new anti-meh

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:31 AM

The good news is, according to ticketmaster, tix are $0.

It does suck to buy these tickets and then they play about 30 shows before this.

Posted by anonymous2 | September 17, 2009 11:32 AM

Is crookedrain.com their official site?

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:32 AM

This shows that they clearly are only in it to make some cash.

At least Phish had the decency to let rumors spread, announce dates, and then put tickets on sale 5 months in advance of they're reunion concerts.

Pavement, couldn't even wait two whole days before putting tickets on sale, after the announcement of the shows. PATHETIC!!!!

By the way, i love Pavement, and will do everything in my power to get tickets, but this is still unbelievable

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:35 AM

the most important american rock band of the '90s is phish

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:36 AM

I can't believe this band has the balls to charge MONEY for these shows! PATHETIC!

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:37 AM

the most important american rock band of the '90s is radiohead

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:38 AM

"Is crookedrain.com their official site?"

I don't know if it's their site, but it is official... if that makes sense.

Posted by brooklynvegan | September 17, 2009 11:39 AM

Malkmus must really need bux--I just can't see him at 45 years old singing 'Cut Your Hair' in the middle of "Pepsi Field" or whatever with real enthusiasm

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:39 AM

i heard bumpin' tacos is opening for em

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:40 AM

Dodally Dawesome

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:42 AM

spiral stairs says there'll probably be other shows, and maybe coachella. rather see them in coachella than central park, really...

http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/09/17/pavement-reunion-confirmed-for-2010-it-happened-naturally-says-kannberg-in-exclusive-interview/#more-11673

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:43 AM

Described in their own Wikipedia entry as having experienced "widespread popularity in the second half of the 1990s... originally formed in 1986 at the University of South Carolina by Darius Rucker, Dean Felber, Jim Sonefeld, and Mark Bryan... [and] recorded seven studio albums to date, and has charted sixteen singles on various Billboard singles charts... [t]heir 1994 debut album, Cracked Rear View, is one of the best selling albums of all time, going platinum sixteen times," 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.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:46 AM

lets party like it's 1992!

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:52 AM

Just updated the post a bit to make sure people notice that in addition to a NYC, the above press release says "dates around the world in 2010" and "tour".

Posted by brooklynvegan | September 17, 2009 11:55 AM

I don't understand how they can do this. I agree it does seem like a big joke.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:56 AM

11:46 that's half Hootie bio and the most important 90s American rock band is Puff Daddy feat. Mase

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:58 AM

I didn't care then and I don't care now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 11:59 AM

Cracked Rear, Cracked Rear- Best album of the 90's, hands down

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 12:01 PM

I think Celine Dion has also sold tickets a year in advance - Celine Dion. Personally - I don't understand how they can announce a show and sell tix for a year from now.

Posted by Renee | September 17, 2009 12:03 PM

it would be nice if they would announce whether they'll play indoors in new york, perhaps at ATP, so i could avoid paying $0 or more for fucking central park. i vowed never to go there again after the first year of summerstage and the sonic youth debacle.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 12:03 PM

Looking forward to daily updates on this show for the next year.

Posted by drewo | September 17, 2009 12:03 PM

>>I don't understand how they can announce a show and sell tix for a year from now.

it's just a means for them to gets paid without waiting that long hard year for it

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 12:10 PM

11:23 - thanks for the Wet hot summer reference!

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 12:11 PM

let the haters hate. i just wanna hear "Grave Architecture" live again.

Posted by marc | September 17, 2009 12:14 PM

Pave meh t

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 12:14 PM

does steve malkmus need a new house? and this is for the down payment?

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 12:16 PM

darling don't you go and lose your hair........ I kid...

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 12:24 PM

>They must really need the money now.

Why not do the shows now?

Crazy

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 12:32 PM

So how much are tickets?

Does Earwax/Nokia have presale tickets?

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 12:47 PM

Summer stage....during the fall season. Not a good idea!

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 1:09 PM

If I don't get tickets this Friday I am going straight to Central Park to grab my space behind the bleachers where I can hear it for free.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 1:23 PM

I don't know man there are really good tickets for Phantom available that night.

Posted by J | September 17, 2009 1:25 PM

11:11am made me choke on some soda.... mmmm soda.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 1:27 PM

Blatant cash grab. I like these guys, but come on? Bye bye credibility. Oh well.

Posted by brian roach | September 17, 2009 1:37 PM

Rather than do the trendy thing, and have a "secret show" they have done the opposite by putting tix on sale a year in advance.

What the Eff? I usually don't plan things a week in advance. Now I have to mark my calendar for next year?

Posted by Kurt C. | September 17, 2009 1:40 PM

Assuming that members in this band are Jewish, I will not attending this live performance. I do not support that.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 1:41 PM

I don't even have a calendar to mark yet. I usually get my new calendars in Dec! I have to do a sticky note on the old calendar then in December transfer it to the new calendar. Too much effort not going to bother..

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 1:41 PM

With my luck, I'll buy tickets and then it will be announced that on the same night Led Zeppelin will be playing with John Bonham returning from the grave, and the opening act will be the Smiths.

Posted by Kurt C | September 17, 2009 1:42 PM

Excited about the news, but Pavement were never that great live. It was alway about their recorded music, and even that suffered during the last couple of albums.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 1:42 PM

Pavement is just as annoying as the Dead Milkmen.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 1:49 PM

they need the money now? how much money do you think steve west gets for one show at summerstage? $25k? maybe bob owes a lot of debts from the track but this does all seem odd.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 1:51 PM

Let me guess.... they are going to headline every fest in addition to this show. Pave meh t

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 1:53 PM

1:49Pm - Shut your whore mouth. The Dead Milkmen are f'ing fantastic.

Posted by Kurt C | September 17, 2009 1:59 PM

band reunions are lame. they realize that they're dumbasses for breaking up and need money. this is not for the fans.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 2:14 PM

An entire year to hold tickets? I could meet a woman, have time to date for three entire months, impregnate her and CREATE AN ENTIRE NEW HUMAN BEING in the time it would take for this concert to happen. And in the meantime they'll be playing Coachella.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 2:14 PM

band reunions are often better than the original incarnations, when it comes to performing their old material. The Pixies were a piss-poor live band the first time around, but their reunion shows have been great. Slint's reunion shows were better than their earlier ones. Dinosaur were great then and are great now, with many lost years in between. Since Pavement were great then, and have kept up their live performing chops in their successful subsequent projects, it seems likely these shows will be ejaculatorily great.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 2:26 PM

"ticket links, they don't function"

I think you meant:

ticket links-I-they don't have no function
I don't understand what they mean and I could really give a fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 3:04 PM

more important than NIRVANA? I mean, seriously. That might not be that hip to say. But, seriously, c'mon. seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 3:29 PM

More important than Better Than Ezra or Colective Soul??? Really? C'mon now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 3:40 PM

Nirvana was a truly great band; it's hard to say which American band from the nineties is the most important. I think Nirvana has probably had an impact on more people, but I think Pavement probably had a greater impact on the smaller number of people they influenced. I can still remember jerking off to Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, an album title made all the more poignant by the sumptuous curve of my thick uncircumcised cock. One afternoon I rubbed myself to the verge of orgasm, I guess "Range Life" had just ended, and my dad walked in right as I came, probably the biggest load I ever dropped. But Nirvana's influence cannot be ignored, a truly iconic act bolstered by great supporting performances from Grohl and Novoselic.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 3:43 PM

ticket price is listed at $0 on ticketmaster. good luck with this one.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 4:23 PM

Pavemehnt.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 4:30 PM

I am so over this reunion.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 4:54 PM

these fuckers need the money NOW! malkamus might be ok because of his other music endevors but the rest most likely don't have any dough. they are certainly not getting my money.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 4:59 PM

And if it rains will they reschedule for 2011?

Posted by Aaron | September 17, 2009 5:01 PM

Why is the general on-sale after the date of the show?

Posted by Theresa | September 17, 2009 5:14 PM

don't like it? don't fucking go then.
leaves more room for me to strut around yelling the lyrics to gold soundz while i have a date with IKEA on a shady lane with a debris slide to box elder. who fucking cares if they're cashing in? i'm going to pay for it, and i'll bet they sell out every show they play. why? because they were probably the most important band of the 90's.

(but most of terror twilight did suck)

Posted by SM | September 17, 2009 5:26 PM

paveMEHnt

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 6:24 PM

they wont get paid before the show dumbasses no matter how far in advance its announced. if its confirmed why not announce it before its everywhere. my guess is they sped up announcement after the BV news break and by the way kudos to BV for breaking some news! im sure this wouldve been a hard thing to keep quiet for a long period of time. all this fuss about announcing a year in advance, who cares, its just a number. whats the difference between that and 6 months. does it really matter how far in advance they announce other than giving you something to bitch about. if you are that mad, dont go, im sure there a thousands of others who will gladly take your place. if you are convinced of other shows and they said there will be, then wait. they probably arent announcing the other ones yet because they havent confirmed them yet and have only agreed on these. im sure the offers are coming in as we speak....ATP, LOLLA, COACHELLA, GLASTONBURY, PFK, READING, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS etc.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 6:32 PM

they suck

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 6:36 PM

the started out as Pavement but became PaveMEHnt.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 7:12 PM

ticket are $38.50 before fees.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 8:42 PM

they will be rich after this tour

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 8:59 PM

8:42 what's your source?

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 9:10 PM

if i had to name a "most important american band of the 90s", i think i would go with nirvana...
outside of that, at the very least I would give pearl jam and sublime the nod over pavement. there are probably other bands i can't think of.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 9:11 PM

and why dont pavement just reunite now and do shows in 2 months? they're obviously on good terms now... why summerstage in a year? they need a year to relearn their songs?

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 9:12 PM

So does anyone know why it says the show is free on ticketmaster and this site..
http://www.summerstage.org/index1.aspx?BD=21686
and now i see it will be $38.50. what's the deal??

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 9:22 PM

PaveMEHnt is the band of 1990s PC Seinfeldian irony, the grad student band whose fans also worshipped those now dusty Derrida and Baudrillard texts. Sad little PaveMEHnt fans are now unemployed with useless Masters and PhDs in the Social Sciences, so those ticket prices are pretty steep...MalkMEHs has a kid now, though, so he has mouths to feed.

Posted by M. Foucault | September 17, 2009 9:40 PM

Philip Anselmo and Hank III are going to beat up Stevie Malkmehs.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 10:49 PM

maybe its the concert promoter who is rushing ticket sales so they can add new revenue to their company.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 10:52 PM

fucking pathetic.
you should all be ashamed of yourselves.

Posted by Anonymous | September 18, 2009 12:40 AM

i feel really sad for anyone who feels that $40 before fees to see Pavement is a "steep" price. just stay home please, thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 18, 2009 12:56 AM

anyone know the weather is going to be?

Posted by Anonymous | September 18, 2009 1:20 AM

when, later today... cause yahoo does???

Posted by Anonymous | September 18, 2009 1:26 AM

no - in 1 year when pavement finally gets to central park.

Posted by Anonymous | September 18, 2009 5:16 AM

this is annoying. i'm with homeslice who is looking for the 2014 tickets. that's going to be the show to see. should have seen berman in the cave. oh well.

Posted by Andy | September 18, 2009 9:54 AM

9:11, you are fucking retarded. Sublime is history's worst band besides The Psychic Ills. Please unpop your collar and die.

Posted by The Antimeathead | September 18, 2009 11:35 AM

Antimeathead, 9:11 here, where do you live? in ny? we should meet up. i'd like to hear your death comments in person.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2009 2:27 AM

I don't know what it is yet, but I'll be doing something way better that night....

Posted by Jeux | December 16, 2009 3:23 AM

I'll be banging Pavement fans as the band begins the instro to "Genna Genna Ration," going for a light gliding rhythm from behind until the sound builds into something more, much more, brutal yet sensual, and the surging guitars that lead the "fight this generation" chant will be like the climax into which we explode, her legs atop my shoulders, with stabs of pain as her fingernails around my throat begin to draw blood, and before our postcoital resolution can take form, the opening chords of "Elevate My Later" ensure that withdrawal of the phallus is unthinkable; what is required is merely for the adoration of the phallus to take the form of exertions horizontal, characterized by the active role of her mouth, despite her willingness to perform her adoration while simultaneously humming "there's 40 different shades of black, so many fortresses and ways to attack."

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009 5:46 AM

i think the good song goes like.."pigs they tend to wiggle when they walk"

Posted by rachat credit | February 4, 2010 8:54 AM

thank for this article

Posted by pierre | March 7, 2010 6:31 AM

If I lived in NYC and was a Pavement fan, I might consider buying the tickets, but c'mon... You guys all know they'll probably have played NYC 3 or 4 times before this September date, alongside dates at Coachella and Lollapalooze, etc. many months before?

Posted by Gry dla dziewczyn | May 15, 2010 8:33 AM

I hope they do the same tour in 2011. That would be great.

Posted by Tony S | October 8, 2010 11:35 AM

I don't know what it is yet, but I'll be doing something way better that night.

Posted by zhu zhu pets jilly | January 21, 2011 3:59 AM

I don't even know what it is but i'll check it out.

Posted by fast business funding | December 16, 2011 4:07 AM

Nice, they will be rich after this tour. Enjoy

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