Pavement : Coming To A Town Near You (If You Live Near A Big Town) In 2010

September 17th, 2009 at 9:00 am by Gerard

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(photography by Gail Butensky)

Ever since that fateful night in late 1999 when Pavement left the public eye with a final show at London’s Brixton Academy, we’ve often fantasized about the day when we could finally tell the world “yes, Brooklyn Vegan scooped us, Pavement are back.”

After years of speculation, the most important American band of the 1990′s 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. In spite of this, the records are still pretty fantastic, and we’re fully prepared to remind you of such with a details-to-be-determined compilation album planned for release sometime in 2010.

The first show announced is a New York performance on September 21, 2010 at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Things worked out really well when Diana Ross played Central Park in 1983, and we have no reason to suspect Pavement’s return to the live arena won’t generate similar headlines.

A pre-sale begins at 10:00 AM EDT on Friday, September 18, 2009 (tomorrow).  The password for the pre-sale is ZOWEE .  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.

The new Spiral Stairs LP/CD/digital album ‘The Real Feel’, Scott Kannberg’s first album under the S.S. nom de plume after two Preston School Of Industry long-players, is available October 20, 2009.  Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks are playing 4 Australian shows later this month, and plan to begin recording their 5th album in the near future.

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82 Responses to “Pavement : Coming To A Town Near You (If You Live Near A Big Town) In 2010”

  1. matt Says:

    wowee zowee indeed…

  2. Brad Danger Says:

    I wonder if Louisville is a big enough city… :\

    I live several blocks away from Bob Nasty, hopefully they can slum it and do a show for our hometown boy.

  3. Ryan Says:

    Malkmus courageously singing Ain’t No Mountain High Enough in the rain would be a career defining moment.

    That was a joke…and a bad one. This better not be…

  4. Brian Says:

    HOLY SHIT. FUCKING PAVEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. tom Says:

    The ticket master link doesn’t work? what’s up with that.

  6. Dan Says:

    Is the pre-sale online only, or can I get them at the Nokia Theater box office? I work nearby and that might be easier…

  7. Gerard Says:

    sorry. the ticketmaster link works now — my goof. presale doesn’t start ’til tomorrow.

  8. annie Says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOW! that’s fucking incredible! what a fantastic way to start the decade!

    hm…”Coming To A Town Near You (If You Live Near A Big Town) In 2010″…

    so, does this means they’ll be performing in a city with one of the biggest population in the world? i mean, my hometown has the 4th largest population (it beats NYC), and that’s gotta be worth for something other than pollution, bad traffic and just general despair, right?
    maybe it should be worth a Pavement concert. should i expect Pavement in São Paulo, Brasil? That’s as big as a city gets here in ol’South America!

    seriously, is it a national tour or should i really start saving some money to buy my ticket?

  9. Zack Says:

    Hm good goodness predicaments. What is the likelihood of a Toronto show?

  10. Walt Says:

    Geez, hope the boys are coming to the UK!

  11. marc Says:


  12. Eduardo Says:

    The dream is alive!!!!!!!!!! [lol]
    Come on guys you have got to come to Brazil this time.

  13. frank Says:


    Do you know how much the tickets will be? The TicketMaster site doesn’t say.


  14. Martin Little Says:

    Surely they should be starting in London, where it all ended. Back to the Brixton Academy (although I thought the last gig was at La Scala…).

  15. Victor Says:


  16. jc Says:

    oh man…best news i’ve ever heard! please come to Toronto Pavement. i’ll buy you some beers and you can stay at my house.

  17. clint Says:

    Pavement must come to Phoenix. I’m not asking. I’m telling.

  18. Nilson Paes Says:

    Caraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalho, Pavement é demais porra, vou comprar o ingresso assim que começarem as vendas

  19. Sara Says:

    Is this Pavement-reunion-tour only for US? What about Souht America, Europe, UK?

  20. rw Says:

    The boys facing cash-flow problems? An 12-month interest-free loan to Pavement is a small price to pay to feel like i’m 26 all over again.

  21. Ian Hill Says:

    Howabout a hometown show in Stockton???

  22. Salman Says:

    Wow, I thought this was another bullshit rumor… I’m glad it isn’t.

  23. jack Says:

    “the most important American band of the 1990’s”?? a wee bit of hyperbole, anyone?

  24. Mark Says:

    Pleassssssssssssssssssssssse come back to South Florida.

  25. kc Says:

    holy. crap. monkey.

  26. AP Says:

    My Palestinian nephew had his face blown off in a dusty craft…and…ROCK!

  27. dane Says:

    I love you Pavement….however, Please play these shows and have some fun with it. The last time I saw you play, on your final tour nearly a decade ago (SF Fillmore), it was one of the single most boring, disappointing shows I’ve ever seen. I’m holding out hope and trying to be optimistic that you NorCal boys are doing it again for the pleasure of it…..

  28. 9000 Says:

    thank you for coming up with something for fiona to do tomorrow.

  29. Bartelbee Says:

    I’m so excited I just pooped in my pants!

  30. RM Says:

    whoa, $38.50 per ticket not including any fees, for a concert that is almost exactly a year away. Weird.

  31. Quibble Says:

    Can you at least let us know if there will be other dates in North America? So we know whether or not to schlep to NY?

  32. Kurt Orzeck Says:

    Hey everyone,

    I just unearthed an out-of-print interview I did with SM back in ’00. He went into detail about what was behind the breakup, addressed the reunion rumors that had already begun to circulate – and also talked about MC Hammer, oddly.


  33. Lee Says:

    Will they break up on stage when the crowd screams “Play Debris Slide?”

  34. LUKAS Says:

    I will never bathe again after this show.

  35. We Dance Says:

    The best news ever.
    Please come to the UK at least once.

  36. 5-4=Pavement Says:

    Can’t. Freakin’. Wait.

    My dream has finally come true…never got a chance to see them live, but have since seen SM & Jicks 3 times. Soooo excited!

    I’m praying for a Lollapalooza slot!

  37. Kim Says:

    When are they releasing the rest of the tour dates an locations?

  38. steviewwin Says:

    Im excited. Will they make it to Australia???

  39. Rudolph, King Fame Throwa Says:

    I love you Matador and Pavement but I think it’s safe to say Nirvana was the most important American band of the ’90s. Sorry :) Looking forward to the tour!

  40. Kristen R. Says:

    maybe there is a god after all

    p.s. coachella (pretty please?!)

  41. Keegan Says:

    Seriously, if this is a joke. Im going to be really pissed! Hooray, Pavement!!!!!!

  42. Laurence Says:

    What? Nirvana didn’t even make it through the whole bloody decade, they’re ineligible for that spot.

    Anyway – this best include Australia. I can’t see Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks because it’s 18+ so if the same thing happens with Pavement I probably will just go on a homicidal rampage.

  43. Henrik Says:

    Will this world tour include sweden or is your world smaller than mine?

  44. Maltese Falcon Says:


  45. bummed Says:

    10.01 SOLD OUT!

  46. Rob Says:

    Ticketmaster can suck my balls. Seriously, and F you guys for even allowing them to be involved with your artists. I don’t care if it’s tied to the venue. F all of you!!!!!!!

  47. Rony Says:

    Hi guys, please don´t forget South America on your reunion tour.

    I still can´t believe it, it´s a dream come true. :)

  48. clara Says:

    you guys better prepare yourselves, cos you’re gonna be requested all over the world!

    … and i’m hereby endorsing the campaign for São Paulo, Brasil. as big as a town gets, really.

  49. Yousif Says:

    Woahmygod, PAVEMENT! Their tour had better include London. That’s a big enough city right??

  50. jess Says:

    please don’t forget hong kong!!!

  51. Krista Says:

    i am so excited. please please please please come to new orleans. we are a big city full of sex, drugs, booze, and crime! lots of crime.

  52. gabby Says:

    finally, finally, finally!!!!!

  53. xaratrip Says:

    is it too much to ask for a show in Athens, Greece??????? Maybe somewhere in the Mediterranean area…

  54. Charles Says:

    I totally agree with Clara, Mexico isnt the prettiest country in america but please dont forget about us -i mean ME hehehe-, please come over! i cant get any tickets by TM F#ck internet!

  55. Charles Says:

    and with roni, probably you guys never read this, but its kind of a way of express the frustration im feeling right now, f#ck TM i cant buy tickets!

  56. Mindless optimist Says:

    So, we’ll be seeing you in Wellington, New Zealand then, for the final gig. Great, can’t wait.

  57. Mikeus Says:

    Come back to Liverpool please the mighty Pavement. I will then don my treasured and well worn green Pevement t-shirt, bought when you visited The Lomax many moons ago. Ahh Pavement have finally re-formed, tis a glorious glorious day.

  58. Fiona Says:

    While 9000′s activity-planning capabilities for visitors to nyc is unsurpassed, let’s just say I’m glad that hangover didn’t slow down his trigger-finger too much.

    Been feeling aggrieved for a good long time that “that fateful night in late 1999 when Pavement left the public eye with a final show ” was at London’s Brixton Academy and not Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. I CAN FINALLY LET IT GO.

  59. Sebastian Says:

    I wish they tour in Germany!! =)

  60. boatbutter Says:

    Fucking righteous baby!

  61. Amy Says:

    Too long to wait! GOT TO come to Louisville. GOT TO, GOT TO, GOT TO. I’m thinking somewhere around Nov. 5-6th? Breeders’ Cup, Pavement. Come on, Bob!

  62. Rob Says:

    OMG, I just bought my ticket to see Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks in Adelaide tonight and was reading articles and stumbled upon this one! *dances around the loungeroom like a maniacal lunatic*
    Oh please let them come to Australia; and more specifically ADELAIDE!!

  63. vv Says:

    And don’t forget Paris (France, not Texas…)

  64. Josh C. Says:

    FUCK YEAH PAVEMENT! COME TO DETROIT PLEASE PLEASE! we’re poor and hungey for Pavement…

  65. Danika Says:

    Pavement, please come to Canada- Halifax, Toronto or Montreal. I will cry if I miss this.

  66. François Says:

    Montreal! Anyways I have already my tyckets for one of the Central Park show

  67. Charles Says:

    AND dont forget MEXICO

  68. Thomas Says:

    Please come to Texas, ANYWHERE. Preferably Austin or Dallas!!

  69. Olivia Says:

    HELLO I NEED PAVEMENT TO COME TO THE SOUTH. THIS IS SERIOUS Y’ALL. PLEASE COME TO RICHMOND, ATLANTA, NC would be great but I don’t think that’s gonna happen. If New York is the last chance I have to see Pavement and I miss it, I will never forgive myself. COME ON PAVEMENT GET ON DOWN SOUTH!

  70. Genevieve Says:

    Holy Goddamit!!!!!
    Vancouver BC please!

  71. t\ Says:

    just got my tix for the melbourne show.

    this is big!

  72. Cori Says:

    Yipppeee!! Pacific Northwest please!! Seattle, Portland or even Vancouver, BC would be great. You could sell out 3 shows in Seattle easily!!

  73. Box Elder's #1 fan Says:

    i see lots of requests already, so why not one more? Angkor Wat. Would have been cooler on New Year’s Eve Y2K, but better late than never…

  74. floris Says:

    hotdamn, any more dates confirmed? i see they’re playing japan in april… hope they’re coming to europe too, even better: holland!!! otherwise i have to go to japan to see them…

  75. Jorge Says:

    are they playing in the San Francisco Bay Area?

  76. Texas Says:

    Please come to Texas… and not to Houston that place is a shithole … Dallas or Austin or Dallas or Austin… PLEASE!

  77. Chris Parrent Says:

    Guys! You got to get a Toronto date in? Please tell me you\\\’re coming to Canada.

  78. Ciara Says:

    I know Houston is lame but you must come to Houston, PLEASES!
    Seeing Pavement = Able to die a happy, happy lady. :)

  79. Caleb Says:

    I know Houston is probly a four letter word for you guys. I wish yall would at least come to Texas.

    Yeah I wear cowboy boots and a hat from time to time..but so do you..Angel of Corpus Christi, you’re so misty, tell me what I wanna hear..

    I’m holding my breath way too long..this tunnel is a texas mile..
    Hitch hike your way from Odessa to Houston..PLEASE!!

    Or maybe Austin???

    One last goodnight to the Rock and Roll Era..

    koch’s barge

  80. Tim Says:

    Please come to Richmond or any city in Virginia…I have been waitiing for Pavement’s return since the last tour!

  81. Don Says:

    This would definitely make my Year of 2010 if they come to Phoenix AZ. I will cross my fingers and hope for the best. Debris Slide….

  82. Sara Says:

    I have been waitiing for Pavement’s return since the last tour but I miss it this time