(Stockton vets The Authorities react to news that all their friends think they’re getting in free to see them play with Pavement on 6/24)
Days after baseball etiquette expert Dallas Braden warned Alex Rodriguez, “we don’t do much talking in the 209”, the former Stockton, CA Little Leaguer made history Sunday by becoming just the 19th pitcher to throw a perfect game.
Amazingly, this was the 2nd biggest Stockton-related story to hit the newswires yesterday, as Pavement have confirmed they’ll be playing the venerable Bob Hope Theatre on June 24. Said announcement is a blatant nose-thumbing to San Joanquin.com’s Ian Hill, who’d previously promised his readers, “the most influential indie band to emerge from Stockton, won’t be stopping here on its reunion tour.” Hill, apparently the Cindy Adams of the Central Valley, admits his error in a subsequent post, but attempts to focus on whether or not the June 24 show is likely to turn a profit (“we’ll probably never know how Another Planet and Pavement set up the June 24 concert. The financial details of the show most likely never will be disclosed, as information about performance fees is typically kept secret in the concert industry.”)
Indeed, it’s a highly secretive business, and perhaps someday another savvy journalist (Albert Goldman? Fredric Dannen? Rob Jovanovic?) will get to the bottom of how Pavement could manage to play a 2000 capacity venue and still cover their vast production costs (pyro, lasers, mothership, etc.)