After nearly 10 years, four reissues (and four Stephen Malkmus solo records), one documentary and one fawning, posthumous "band biography," late, lamented indie greats [artist id="1005"]Pavement[/artist] finally confirmed long-standing rumors that they would be reuniting for a "one-time-only" tour in 2010.
The band — frontman Malkmus, guitarist Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg, bassist Mark Ibold, drummer Steve West and jack-of-all-trades Bob Nastanovich — will take the stage together for the first time since a November 1999 show at London's Brixton Academy, according to a statement released by their longtime label, Matador Records, on Thursday morning (September 17). Their first announced show (no word on whether it's the first actual show) is a September 21, 2010, performance at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park.
"Pavement's catalog ... has come to define in the eyes of many the blueprint for independent rock over the past generation," the typically self-effacing statement said. "An evidentiary compilation release is planned to coincide with the touring sometime in 2010. ... Please be advised this tour is not a prelude to additional jaunts and/or a permanent reunion."
In other words: Don't get your hopes up. This reunion is a one-and-done type of affair. Pre-sale tickets for the Rumsey Playfield show go on sale Friday (September 18) at 10 a.m. ET. Additional information can be found on the Matador Records blog.
Pavement formed in Stockton, California, in 1989 — originally comprising just Malkmus, Kannberg and drummer Gary Young. Over the next decade, they would add and shed members, tour the world and release five influential albums (most notably 1992's Slanted and Enchanted and '94's Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain). Their work became a touchstone of '90s indie rock, and they even scored a minor hit ("Cut Your Hair"). After their split in '99, Malkmus went solo, and the other members of Pavement explored various other musical endeavors (Ibold joined Sonic Youth, Kannberg released a trio of albums under the "Preston School of Industry" moniker), but fan demand for a reunion never relented.
News of the reunion actually broke earlier this week on the Brooklyn Vegan music blog, which quoted "reliable sources" as saying Pavement would reunite for "multiple, possibly four, nights of shows at NYC's Central Park Summerstage." The blog also speculated that Pavement could headline the 2010 Coachella Festival, though at press time, Matador would only confirm the September 21 show.