Remember what we said yesterday about there being no smoke without fire with regard to the rumours of a Pavement reunion? Well, that story escalated without there ever being an OFFICIAL confirmation for a day or so but now it's here. It is official this time.
Announced quite very recently on the Domino Records website, a news item confirmed the dreams of an army of indie rock boys and girls.
"Domino is delighted to make it official that the line up of Mark Ibold, Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg, Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich and Steve West is reuniting for dates around the world in 2010,"
"Following years of speculation and extremely polite answers to obligatory reunion questions, Pavement, the most influential band of their generation, have announced details of their first show in over a decade."
Too bloody right, eh? Yet, without wishing to piss on anyone's proverbial parade, especially those who may be wanting to see them in this country, the band has made it clear that this doesn't mean they are getting back together forever and ever. I wouldn't put money against them doing a little European tour, though.
Their first show in pretty much ten years will be a performance in New York on September 21 2010 in Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. There will be a pre-sale for tickets for that starting at 10AM EDT (some crazy American timezone) tomorrow (September 18), so appreciably later for us in the United Kingdom.
You can get the tickets from here and the password you need for this is ZOWEE, funnily enough. The general sale tickets are expected to go on sale a week later, 10AM EDT September 25. Tickets will also be available for purchase in person, without booking fee, from the Nokia Theatre Box Office in Times Square and from Earwax at 218 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, NY.
More details and updates will be available from Crooked Rain, so stay tuned.
UPDATE: There may well be a much bigger tour than just the one confirmed date at the moment, as Scott Kannberg suggested when speaking to Rolling Stone. He said:
"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."
"There's festivals and stuff that we're talking to, like Coachella."
Keep your hopes up, Brits.