Posted in music | pictures on September 27, 2010

photos by Greg Cristman

Pavement @ Summerstage Friday
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After six nights in gotham that included one show in a bonafide downpour, two TV appearances (Colbert and Fallon), and thousands of tickets sold to five live shows, Pavement moved on to Marland Saturday to play the free Virgin Mobile FreeFest that went down at Merriweather Post Pavilion...

"False starts, aimless guitar-noodling, and Stephen Malkmus' sloppy 'do: Yup, it was a perfect Pavement set. Now several months into its reunion, the legendary indie-rock quintet cycled through every song but "Box Elder" that's essential to a Pavement show, often with heavy audience accompaniment. Some of the crowd's favorite singalong lines: "No big hair!" in "Cut Your Hair"; "Not here, babe!" in "Summer Babe"; "Don't worry, we're in no hurry!" in "Range Life." It was uncharacteristically unslackerish, which is to say Bob Nastanovich wasn't the only member rocking out. Malkmus was in particularly good spirits. After the band ended "Spit On a Stranger," he joked that he'd auditioned with the song for American Idol. "I couldn't hit the high notes," he said." [Spin]
Pavement's NYC victory lap ended one day earlier with their fourth show at Summerstage/Rumsey Playfield. We previously posted the set list and promised more pictures from the show. Here they are (though none of opener The Beets unfortunately).

On Sunday Pavement played Atlanta, and the band has five more dates to go before they hang it up again (or will they?) (should they?). Those dates include Hollywood Bowl in LA with Sonic Youth and No Age, and the Matador 21 Festival.

Setlists from Maryland and Georgia, along with the rest of the pictures from Summerstage Friday, below...

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Pavement Concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD, USA Setlist on September 25, 2010
Grounded
Cut Your Hair
Date w/ IKEA
Summer Babe (Winter Version)
In the Mouth a Desert
Range Life
Perfume-V
Heaven Is a Truck
Shady Lane
Stop Breathin'
Trigger Cut
Unfair
Spit on a Stranger
Stereo
Fight This Generation
Two States
Starlings of the Slipstream
Gold Soundz
Here

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Pavement Concert at Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA, USA Setlist on September 26, 2010
Silence Kit
Frontwards
In the Mouth a Desert
Stereo
Grounded
Shady Lane / J vs. S
Elevate Me Later
Kennel District
Gold Soundz
Perfume-V
Cut Your Hair
Starlings of the Slipstream
Heaven is a Truck
The Hexx
Unfair
Range Life
Encore:
Here
Stop Breathin
Two States
We Dance
Conduit for Sale!
Date w/ IKEA
Rattled By the Rush

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Comments (34)

These shows were too good. Fingers crossed for another tour.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 2:32 PM

typo alert - on to Marland

Posted by clairepetrol | September 27, 2010 2:33 PM

^ it'll never happen and i kind of hope it doesn't. these shows were very special to everyone who experienced them.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 2:34 PM

Bonnaroo 2011....

Headliners....
Daft Punk/Radiohead/the White Stripes

Sub-headliners.....
Neil Young/Pavement/the Mars Volta/

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 2:38 PM

Pavement has been huge this year... All those years of eating good hummus has paid off.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 2:49 PM

Went to Freefest. Good times. I was shocked how many people at that thing were into Pavement.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 2:54 PM

more pavement posts plz

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 3:02 PM

please tell me that was the last show and we can get back to the jicks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 3:16 PM

@2:54 -- the pit was really empty at Freefest. I was surprised it wasnt more crowded. The people that were down there were all really into the show and definitely an older crowd. Loved their set!

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 3:18 PM

LOL at 2:34 mentality. "I've been to a show. Hope the band never tours again, so that no one else can experience them live."

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 3:18 PM

crap! i was too wet and stoned at the rainy Pavement show and forgot to buy a poster! ugh...anyone have an extra i can buy?

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 3:24 PM

Thank you, Pavement. Thank you so much.

Posted by Keith G | September 27, 2010 3:30 PM

Love the pictures - especially the one of the drums. They should use that on the cover of their next cd release!

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 3:39 PM

Keith G. (who just said 'Thank you, Pavement') said it all. It was worth the wait.

Posted by david z | September 27, 2010 3:48 PM

NEW ALBUM!

Anything to keep Malkmus away from the Jicks and Ibold away from Sonic Youth.

Posted by noamjamski | September 27, 2010 3:53 PM

@3:18 Yeah it was an older crowd because the seated tickets to FreeFest were $125. It was also super empty because they didn't sell a lot of those tickets.

LCD asked security to allow some free ticket kids down in the front and they obliged. James mentioned it during their set.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 3:55 PM

2:38, R.E.M. is definitely going to be a headliner seeing as their album is going to be out early in 2011.

Posted by CNC | September 27, 2010 4:04 PM

@3:55 --- the pit was GA all day/night. The reserved section (the $125) were the first 16 rows. Then there was another GA section. Not sure what that had to do with Pavement and the pit being empty. Either way - no complaints from me. Had an awesome time. Tues night and Sat night were easily the best dates for me. Thurs a bit of a let-down. Either way Pavement for a week was awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 4:46 PM

The Atlanta setlist isn't complete, they also did "She Believes," "Shoot the Singer," "Box Elder," and "Gold Soundz." Fantastic show, incredible vibe!

Posted by Mellow Jazz Docent | September 27, 2010 4:46 PM

Would just like to add to the other comments about this being a great week. It was. Thanks pavement!

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 4:52 PM

Pavement should play 10 NYC shows next year and continue the reunion like KISS

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 5:16 PM

if they continue like KISS, this means that two impostors will need to wear Sprial Stairs and Steve West make-up and costumes.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 5:40 PM

If there's any justice in the world, this should be it for Pavement. I saw PAvement in the '90's and they were always awesome, but sloppier-which is not a complaint at all. I went last Tuesday night and it was great. But sadly, I agree with the comments about Malkmus looked pissed and annoyed. But despite that- the songs sounded great and the crowd was energetic and clearly everyone there absolutely loved it. I also agree it was a special happening and it should totally be left as that. Case in point- the 1st Pixies reunion was awesome (I went to 2 shows). But when I saw them do the Doolittle show- it was def lacking.

On the same note- I wish REM would stop putting out such crappy new albums and just do a tour of the pre-2000's songs that everyone who likes REM wants to hear already (like the Live at the Olympia LP).

Sometimes ya gotta let it go man and count yourself for lucky to have been there.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 8:02 AM

Live in Olympia is a great live album and I sorta agree with your statement but Accelerate was still a great album...Reveal and Around the Sun not so much!

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 8:42 AM

"I wish REM would stop putting out such crappy new albums"

The last REM album, Accelerate, was a great album. The show at MSG was a killer. If you want to hear the old songs, you should have gone to the old tours. Besides, they play tons of old songs on tour.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 9:20 AM

I def regret not going to the last REM show at MSG when they were playing with Modest Mouse and the National opening up. Big regret...Esp after hearing how great Live at Olympia is.

I'm not so big on their most recent stuff- the last album I liked by them was Up (and it holds up as just OK now). I thought Reveal was lame and Accelerate was OK but I would never reach for one of those over the older albums. Sorry, but as good as Accelerate is it doesn't hold a candle to anything they did between Murmur-New Adventures......

I'll def consider going the next time they play.

How about back to Pavement???? Shows were great. And as for reunions-I'd personally like them to ride out into the sunset now instead of being the next Jane's Addiction or Pixies who should have just left well enough alone. But a Fugazi, Jawbox, Promise Ring, and/ or Sebadoh reunion would be great! For now- I'm happy to settle for Dismemeberment Plan- which will def bge crazy!

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 11:08 AM

This week was amazing, saw all 5 shows and each on was different, Friday being my all time fave including the half-dozen or so shows I saw back in the day. Very emotional show.

11:08 - Bummer, Sebadoh reunion w/Gaffney was like 2 years ago. Saw them at Webster and it was great.

Again, thanks Pavement. A really great week for fans of a great band. I hope they don't do the Pixies thing. When they sang Here on the final night, It really seemed like they meant it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 1:35 PM

1:35--LOL "all time fave" of a selection of five shows that took place in one week.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 3:06 PM

WHERE IS HOT TRUCKS ON THIS SET LIST

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 3:06 PM

lol at the reading comprehension skills of 3:06, who didn't/couldn't realize that 1:35 was including the Pavement shows (s)he saw in the nineties in deciding his/her "all time fave"

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 3:15 PM

SM was not pissed on Tues. He was having great time. He even said as much DURING THE SHOW, actually showing joy at how good a few of the songs were coming out.
People simply want to read things into it...and are playing right into the whole SM mystique, etc. It's a show folks.
He's having the time of his life, and the tour is almost over, and then he'll be a Jick again. Chill and enjoy it while it's here.
(he also talked about how much fun it was on Colbert.)

The Pixies would have been fine had they actually made some new music after the tour - see Mission of Burma and Dinosaur Jr. - some post-reunion tour reunions actually DO work new-album wise, and then the tours stay vital. This was not the case with a few others perhaps, but maybe the Pixies could have done it, and maybe Pavement could too, but they probably won't.
REM has been ok on album in the past decade but true, not great. Accelerate was good. But the live shows of the 00's have been among the best live work they've ever done (better than the 90's - more 80's songs performed.)
Naturally, they were best in 1985 - saw the "PreConstruction" College tour.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 3:59 PM

too, but they probably won't.
REM has been ok on album in the past decade but true, not great. Accelerate was good. But the live shows of the 00's have been among the best live work they've ever done (better than the 90's - more 80's songs performed.)

Posted by دردشة صوتية | October 1, 2010 4:03 AM

he Pixies would have been fine had they actually made some new music after the tour - see Mission of Burma and Dinosaur Jr. - some post-reunion tour reunions actually DO

Posted by شات صوتي | October 1, 2010 4:04 AM

Although I'm glad I went to the first Pixies reunion and the Pavement reunion shows have been good, I'm kind of weary of all these other reunions that have been proliferating lately...and Jane's DEFINITELY should have only reunited if Eric Avery was on board; all the other reunion tours have been lacking, with maybe the exception of the first one with Flea. Jane's Addiction with Duff McKagen?!? Seriously, is Perry that hard up for cash?

There are only two bands I can think of that I would love to see reunite: Talking Heads and Talk Talk.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2010 10:03 PM

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