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WHY AM I NOT IN VEGAS!
Amazing news. They will play ATP for sure.
I just get the picture of the vegas sign, where doth it mention this, or are you speculating about the reformation?
I think this is for real though. The "classic lineup" doesn't seem to have been confirmed yet. I hope Doug Gillard is involved.
Apart from GbV will be playing this gig? I mean, when is it?...it's a six hour drive I could see myself making...especially if the majority of the Matador roster will be there.
I think I need to go to Vegas...
Fuck you UK, fuck you
(but yeah, the rest of that line up is srsly fucking amazing. This has the potential to be The Best Thing Ever (if I go to it))
Robert Pollard, Nate Farley, Doug Gillard, Greg Demos, Jim Macpherson was by far their best line up. Even with the steady decline in quality I've pretty much kept up with everything Robert Pollard has released. I never thought GBV would go down this bullshit route. Here ends my interest in the output of Robert Pollard.
but you're crazy, this is terrific, and that line up is absurdly good.
because Alien Lanes and Bee Thousand fall into this period, their two "classic" albums as featured on all the "top 100 indie albums of the 90s" lists in the alternative press.
Ergo, classic lineup.
Also why would the lineup you suggest as the classic lineup, that existed after they left Matador (and before they rejoined them), play a Matador anniversary!?
They're on the lineup too. Oh man...
that it is very unlikely this show will come to the UK due to Pollard's extreme dislike of air travel.
I reckon they could come over here and sell out a decent sized venue (maybe Islington Academy / The Garage) in London at £20 a ticket though, and probably a couple of regional shows at £15, and definitely play really high up the ATP bill, so financially it would all work out I think, if not make them megabucks.
Fingers crossed anyway ... there's no way I can afford to go to the USA.
Meant to reply to this directly. Foolishness
It's a long way to come for a guy who is getting on, doesn't like to fly, & hasn't actually sold out a venue here, & has seriously underperformed bums on seat wise at a fair few. Leicester on the last GBV tour had about 50 people there, 10 of whom I knew & who'd travelled for the show. The 'big' show at ULU wasn't sold out either. Love Bob to death, but not a big crowd here in the UK, whereas go to Chicago, New York or play the Southgate House & he's pulling in a reasonable if not sold out crowd with not too much effort. Agreed a few more would show up this time round, but pains me to say it probably won't be enough.
with the internet and Pitchfork and ATP and The IT Crowd. They'd be fine.
reformed bands are generally more of a crowd-puller than they were the first time round, due to the development of legend status (within certain circles, at least) and the relief at having one more chance to see them.
How big are the venues you mentioned out of interest? Just to see how popular you think they'd be over here.
Maybe I'm totally undershooting it here and they could do a night at The Forum (2000+) with the right promotion, but I'm not really sure.
Definately. Wilco are playing the Barrowlands in Glasgow and that's 2000. Surely GBV, on a reunion tour, could do better?
That said, Pavement only did the Barras when they were here, and I'm pretty sure they're better known than GBV, right?
They did 4 nights at Brixton Academy down here though, which is about 5,000 capacity.
2000-3000 doesn't look too unrealistic then. As long as the promotion was good people would travel for miles.
The biggest venue I saw GBV in was ULU and I don't remember it being sold out.
I checked - in between The Vines & Fenix TX. Yeahh
it's always been a cult thing, but not on the scale of, say, Pavement or Sonic Youth. Obviously there is interest and there are fans here but I doubt they would fill the Forum, the Garage, yes, they've played there many times! But it seems pretty unlikely to happen, unfortunately... well, I didn't think the old lineup would ever get back together so stranger things may happen!
Maybe step up to Scala. Scala would do them well, actually.
Would someone be kind enough and pay for me to go over?
I'm just praying.
All those bands and Vegas!! Oh the joys of living in U.S
Will have to watch this tomorrow. How the hell did they get a two hour video onto Youtube?!
In other largely irrelevant to the thread but definitely GBV related news, my GBV cover band Band Of Pricks is playing a free show at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch on Wednesday, 16th February. So if you want to see 15 classic GBV songs done by some enthusiastic young men, then please come down! We're on after the football finishes if that is of any concern to you.