After a 10-year hiatus, indie rock band Pavement has officially launched a worldwide tour. Last night, they performed their first show at Auckland, New Zealand’s Town Hall. At the 1,600-capacity Town Hall, the quintet — guitarist, vocalist Stephen Malkmus; guitarist Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg; drummer Steve West; bassist Mark Ibold; and multi-instrumentalist Bob Nastanovich performed. Spiral Stairs took to his blog to post a few photos after the show. "We were seriously nervous!” he wrote in the post. “The show was great. The fans were unreal. Whew… all those Pavement anxiety dreams can now go away!”
A picture of what purportedly is the tour’s setlist is swirling the internet, via BrooklynVegan. Pitchfork reported that the setlist concentrated on beloved early songs from “Slanted and Enchanted” and “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain.” The set contained a good portion of the tracklist for the forthcoming Pavement best-of, “Quarantine the Past.” The 25-song set started with "In the Mouth a Desert" and ends with favorite "Cut Your Hair."
Good news for fans: six more U.S. dates have just been announced for September.
U.S. dates are as follows:
04/18 Indio, CA – Coachella Festival
05/30 Quincy, Washington – Sasquatch! Festival
06/25 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
07/18 Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival
09/09 Broomfield, CO – First Bank Center
09/11 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
09/12 St. Paul, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium
09/17 Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts
09/18 Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
09/21 New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage
09/22 New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage
09/23 New York, NY – Central Park
09/24 New York, NY – Central Park
09/26 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
Pavement released a statement asking fans to, "please be advised this tour is not a prelude to additional jaunts and/or a permanent reunion."