Pavement's first show in 10 years was supposed to be at Primavera Sound in 2020. Two years later, Primavera Sound was Pavement's second performance in 12 years, following a warm-up in L.A. But unlike that intimate show, Pavement played to some 30,000 excited fans who sang along to "Cut Your Hair," "Gold Soundz," and other '90s indie rock classics.
Their Primavera set, which started at 12:40 AM, included three songs that hadn't been played since their 2010 reunion -- "Father to a Sister of Thought," "Zurich is Stained" and "Stereo" -- plus "Summer Babe," "Shady Lane," "Range Life," "Harness Your Hopes," "Major Leagues," "Spit on a Stranger," "Trigger Cut," "Black Out" "Frontwards" and lots more.
Check out Pavement's Primavera Sound setlist, and watch them play "Frontwards," "Stereo," "Gold Soundz," "Father to a Sister of a Thought," "Spit on a Stranger," "Trigger Cut" and more below.
Primavera Sound has suffered a few lineup cancellations due to Covid, including The Strokes and Bleachers, and Stereogum's Ryan Leas (who is there) notes there were complains, on day one, of lack of water, overcrowding and bottlenecks, and food vendors apart from the bars. The festival acknowledged the problems and said that they're "working tirelessly to solve them so that we can all enjoy the coming days as we deserve."
Pavement's North American fall tour includes NYC shows at Kings Theatre on September 30 and October 1, 2, and 3.
For more, we talked to Destroyer's Dan Bejar, Nada Surf's Matthew Caws, Horsegirl, and others about Pavement's enduring influence. We also rounded up some of the best Pavement covers by other artists.
SETLIST: Pavement @ Primavera Sound 6/2/2022
Father to a Sister of Thought
Spit on a Stranger
Transport Is Arranged
Cut Your Hair
Zurich Is Stained
Harness Your Hopes
Witchi Tai To