Posted in music | pictures on June 21, 2010

by Andrew Frisicano

Pavement in Toronto

As the sun hid its face behind the island's ring of trees, Pavement took to a Toronto stage for the first time in a decade.

The crowd was a little diminished at this point. Presumably, Toronto didn't want to miss out on the other aging rockers, Iggy and the Stooges, who were playing a free gig at Yonge-Dundas Square starting at 9 p.m.

But Pavement, equipped with a dedicated cult following, delivered to the fans. The fans including both Kevin Drew and Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell, who joined Pavement for Kennel District. Both were clearly ecstatic by the honour. The epitome of '90s indie rock, the California band blasted their feel-good lo-fi rock. It was all well-received nostalgia with hits like, Fight This Generation, Father to a Sister of Thought and Shady Lane. It was one of those down-memory-lane-we-go moments for sure. [Blog.to]

Pavement followed Broken Social Scene at Saturday's June 19th show on Toronto Island. The hometown BSS set was clearly a tough act to follow, but Pavement seemed up to the task, with opener "Cut Your Hair" setting the tone. The reunion tour is clearly not about coyness, and the set that followed was a satisfying string of hits that marked the band's first Canadian show in more than 10 years.
It goes without saying that people were excited, and the band seemed happy to oblige with 26 songs.

Bob Nastanovich hopped around and traded lyrics with Stephen Malkmus, who was personable if a little awkward (Malkmus called the show "relatively successful," which seemed like a weird thing to point out to a sold-out 10,000+ crowd who traveled to an island for the show).

The island itself was spacious with lots of leafy trees, and room to spread out while still being in earshot of the show. The six-foot stage meant you could see the band clearly even from the back of the crowd (though the location of the perpetual beer line was a bit too far off).

Pavement will be in NYC for five shows in September. More dates HERE. More pictures from the Toronto show, videos and the setlist, below...

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement in Toronto

Pavement at Toronto Island Concert - Shady Lane

Pavement at Toronto Island Concert - Rattled By The Rush

Broken Social Scene & Band of Horses pics & setlists HERE.

Pavement at Toronto Island June 19, 2010 setlist
1. Cut Your Hair
2. Trigger Cut
3. Rattled by the Rush
4. Father to a Sister of Thought
5. Kennel District (w/ Kevin Drew)
6. In the Mouth a Desert
7. Grounded
8. Silence Kit
9. Elevate Me Later
10. Spit on a Stranger
11. Unfair
12. Starlings of the Slipstream
13. Fight This Generation
14. Shady Lane
15. Conduit for Sale!
16. Here
17. Stereo
18. Two States (w/ Kevin Drew)
19. Gold Soundz
20. Perfume-V
21. Range Life
22. (Unknown)
23. Summer Babe
Encore:
24. Date w/ Ikea
25. Debris Slide
26. Stop Breathin

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Comments (35)

some pumped for their reunion show at summerstage! going to be awesome being the first audience to see them live in a decade!

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 12:26 PM

PaveMEHnt

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 12:26 PM

12:26 that joke would have been funny a few months ago. Good try though.

And that goes to both 12:26 comments.

Posted by Venkman | June 21, 2010 12:29 PM

"some pumped for their reunion show at summerstage! going to be awesome being the first audience to see them live in a decade!"

BWAHAHAHA....you effing sucker-@ss bum!!! Damn, you thought you were going to be first to see them??! BWAAAAAA!!!! You got served like a b!tch, son!!!!! OMG dude...HAHAHA...I can't believe how bad you got played!!!! Later, gotta tell the boys about this one...(smh)...HAAAAA!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 12:35 PM

PaveMEHnt.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 12:48 PM

It is quite annoying how it seemed like the Central Park shows were the first ones. No need to react like even more of a dick.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 12:59 PM

I like Pavement

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 12:59 PM

i sold my tix for the friday show for $100 profit. figure i can get a pair for $40 day of show.

i mean, i saw them at roseland 2x, the academy, and irving 2x...not really dying to see them on the oldies circuit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 12:59 PM

"i sold my tix for the friday show for $100 profit. figure i can get a pair for $40 day of show.

i mean, i saw them at roseland 2x, the academy, and irving 2x...not really dying to see them on the oldies circuit."


Translation: Old nerd makes a profit and tells everyone how cool he thinks he once was.

Analysis: NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOU, WHAT YOU'VE DONE OR WHAT YOU'RE PLANNING TO DO!

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 1:07 PM

pray-vement? don't forget to pray to jesus everyday.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 1:08 PM

i dunno, im 29...is that old? i was just into this music way before you were...it takes you longer to do the things i do.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 1:10 PM

Still tickets available for the Williamsburg Waterfront show, and btw, you can avoid the $10.10 "convenience fee" plus the handling charge by buying them at the Nokia Theater. Picked up a pair for Belle and Sebastian there and saved almost $25.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 1:11 PM

@1:11....same thing happened to me when I switched over to Geico

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 1:25 PM

gosh you people are annoying

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 1:40 PM

I attended this show, and it was very depressing. They were so sloppy. Malkmus could barely remember any of the lyrics and the band was awfully soft and unimpressive. Don't waste your money, this reunion tour is a complete failure designed to steal your hard earned money.

Posted by Shasha | June 21, 2010 1:53 PM

@1:53....Trolllllll!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 2:01 PM

Pavement has something in common with Arcade Fire..

Posted by Werner | June 21, 2010 2:18 PM

Wondering what the 'unknown' was - new song?

Posted by Holden | June 21, 2010 2:30 PM

I ran into David Bowie last night at Ace Bar. Awesome times. Skii Ball for hours and hours.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 2:52 PM

Ace Bar sucks

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 3:21 PM

indie rock is really good

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 4:07 PM

Pretty sure the unknown song was "The Hexx." It was a great show.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 4:14 PM

Pavements been getting only negative reviews since they came back. I wonder why? They cant sound any worse than they did in the 90s.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 4:15 PM

pavemehnt

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 5:20 PM

PaveMEHnt

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 7:01 PM

Hold the negativity:

We all have similar interests, goes without saying - but no need to be so negative. The show had it's faults, but ultimately Pavement sounded great! If you have the chance to see them, do it - why not? It will likely make you smile, and think of earlier days - for better or worse.

Some of this hipster posturing negativity bullshit that has been commented on is simply ridiculous. Get a grip on realty - if he screws up a lyric, let it go - it's not about perfection, and that's have always been the fun and 100% of the joke. So, I'm sorry you never met reality, but don't shit on what is ultimately a greater majority's joy.

Posted by Joseph | June 21, 2010 7:19 PM

Wod aboot the voice of Geddy Lee?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 8:47 PM

SM used to play around with the lyrics all the time and improvise new lines; is that what he was doing and people are upset that he's not delivering an expected version?

or is he fucking up the songs (like he did when i saw him play pavement tunes on rebecca gates's acoustic guitar at the knitting factory a few years ago)?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2010 10:11 PM

I was there and it was awesome

Posted by Giovanna | June 21, 2010 10:51 PM

@10:11pm

SM was being playful, basically just having fun and fooling around for the entire show. It was absolutely incredible. He was spinning his guitar around on his back and playing behind his head and just goofing generally.

Also, the whole "reasonably successful" thing was a joke: people pointing out things like this indicates that they have no sense of humor whatsoever.

Best moment: "that horn sounds vaguely nautical".

Posted by Mark B. | June 21, 2010 11:49 PM

Joseph 7:19pm - "Get a grip on realty"

joseph, don't waste your time THINKING about the comments. idiocracy is rampant on the internet...

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 12:41 AM

They played these songs more straightforward and together than they usually did in the 90's, sounded much more tight as a group. I doubt anyone saying otherwise was actually at this show, I had a blast as did everyone around me.

Posted by Schnetko | June 22, 2010 4:50 PM

couldn't believe how tight they sounded. i was expecting great things, and came out blown away. Osheaga let's go!

Posted by D! | June 24, 2010 12:07 AM

best show i've ever consumed, and i'm really fat

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2010 2:28 AM

This is awesome
"I attended this show, and it was very depressing. They were so sloppy. Malkmus could barely remember any of the lyrics and the band was awfully soft and unimpressive. Don't waste your money, this reunion tour is a complete failure designed to steal your hard earned money."

You others... back to school

Posted by Ess Dawg | June 30, 2010 3:47 PM

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