A decade after disbanding, influential alt-rock group Pavement launched its much-hyped reunion tour on March 1 in front of audiences in Auckland, New Zealand. But that concert was only the tip of the iceberg for the band’s anniversary regrouping.
Pavement has more than 30 additional performances slated for the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, as well as a festival-speckled North American tour that was only recently fleshed out.
The main body of the U.S. jaunt kicks off September 9 at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO, and concludes September 26 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. Other recently announced dates on the late summer slate include a September 12 gig at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, MN, and a September 18 event at Agganis Arena in Boston, MA.
Tickets sales for the new Atlanta gig begin on March 5, and public onsales follow for Kansas City and St. Paul on March 6. As with all Pavement concerts, ticket prices are in the affordable $30-range, which has increased market demand and led to sell-outs in many markets.
Anchoring the one-month power outing is a block of four New York City performances that started the Pavement reunion frenzy near the end of 2009. Slated for September 21-24 at the Central Park Summerstage, those shows were the first confirmed concerts for the reunion. But their announcement ran with the caveat: “Please be advised this tour is not a prelude to additional jaunts and/or a permanent reunion.”
After the four Big Apple gigs sold out in a heartbeat, Pavement methodically unveiled overseas concert and festival plans. However, with U.S. dates still sparse at the time, the band’s national fan base was left hoping for at least one major festival performance on North American soil.
Instead of one festival date, U.S. and Canadian audiences now have four to pencil in on their calendars.
Over the past couple of weeks, Pavement has been added to the line-ups for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (April 18), Sasquatch! Music Festival (May 30), The Great Escape Festival (June 19) and the indie stalwart Pitchfork Music Festival (July 18). The rock quintet will take brief breaks from its international itinerary to complete these dates during the spring and summer.
More details about Pavement’s 2010 reunion can be found on the band’s official Web site, Crooked Rain.
Pavement – North America itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|April 18||Indio, CA||Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival|
|May 30||Quincy, WA||Sasquatch! Music Festival|
|June 19||Toronto, ON||The Great Escape Festival|
|June 25||Berkeley, CA||Greek Theatre|
|July 18||Chicago, IL||Pitchfork Music Festival|
|September 9||Broomfield, CO||1st Bank Center|
|September 11||Kansas City, MO||Uptown Theater|
|September 12||Saint Paul, MN||The Roy Wilkins Auditorium|
|September 17||Philadelphia, PA||Mann Center for Performing Arts|
|September 18||Boston, MA||Agganis Arena|
|September 21 – 24||New York, NY||Central Park Summerstage|
|September 26||Atlanta, GA||The Tabernacle|