Published Sep 17, 2009Okay, you guys. You can officially start freaking out. While we were cautious with the initial rumours, a representative from the official Pavement camp has confirmed that the reunion is 100 percent happening.
The band, who have not performed together since 1999, will be reuniting for a world tour in 2010. As Matador puts it, "the lineup of Mark Ibold, Scott 'Spiral Stairs' Kannberg, Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich and Steve West [are] reuniting for dates around the world in 2010." However, the label are quick to add, "Please be advised this tour is not a prelude to additional jaunts and/or a permanent reunion."
While it's been floating around that the band will be headlining 2010's Coachella Festival, their only confirmed date as of right now is a show at Rumsey Playfield in New York's Central Park on September 21, 2010. Presale for the show begins over a year in advance, with tickets available at this link tomorrow (September 18). Just make sure you use the ZOWEE password.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Kannberg explained how the reunion happened, saying, "Steve [Malkmus] and I just had a conversation on the phone, and we'd never talked about it before at all. We've talked over the years, but the subject never came up. Then our agent asked us about these New York shows, so we went around to everybody in the band, and they said, 'Yeah, the time is right if everybody's ready to do it, then we'll do it and see what happens.' There was no real impetus - it just kind of happened naturally."
Besides the planned tour, the band will be releasing a Pavement compilation sometime next year, though no word yet on what will be on it. Oh, and check it out, the Pavement even has its own website: Crookedrain.com.