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Pavement to play in hometown for first time ever

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    As if touring the crap out of the Western world this year wasn’t enough, not to mention booking a veritable indie rock dream show, Pavement has decided to make its reunion even more special by venturing somewhere the influential band has never before played — its own backyard. That’s right, as reported by Recordnet.com, for the first time ever, Steven Malkmus, Scott Kannberg (who both graduated from neighboring Lodi’s Tokay High School), and the rest of the band (all are from the East Coast) will play in their hometown of Stockton, California.

    Not that the band has ever denounced its hometown or anything. Kannberg, a.k.a. Spiral Stairs, told The Record in October, “I still consider Pavement to be from Stockton,” adding, “That’s our place of birth. We started from there.” That is, in original drummer Gary Young’s home studio, Louder Than You Think.

    The venue is said to be the 2,000-seat Bob Hope Theatre, and it goes down June 24th, the day before Pavement plays the much bigger Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley. This will be quite the homecoming — not only is the venue the most intimate of any Pavement is playing on this tour, local punk legends The Authorities are slated to open. And there might even be another surprise: Young, who drummed with the band until 1992, including on its debut Slanted & Enchanted, may show up, according to Kannberg.

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    Young himself weighed in on this possibility, which sounds a lot like what happened at Faith No More’s final Warfield appearance in April.  “Well, I wish,” he said. “It’d be as big as it ever gets.” Kannberg and Young are definitely in contact; Young received a birthday e-mail from Kannberg on May 3rd. Oh, and he lives just east in Linden, California. So this has to happen!

    Tickets, priced at $35 plus fees, go on sale this Saturday, May 15th, at 10 a.m. on the venue’s website. And you’ll want to jump on this, because it only took three days for Pavement to sell 20,000 tickets for the Central Park shows. Do a little math, and that’s…uh, divide by ten or something. Basically, the tickets will sell out fast.

    Pavement 2010 Tour Dates:
    05/10 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
    05/11 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
    05/12 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
    05/13 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
    05/14 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
    05/15 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
    05/16 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
    05/18 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
    05/19 – Berlin, DE @ Astra
    05/20 – Prauge, CZ @ Palac Akropolis
    05/21 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
    05/22 – Munich, DE @ Muffathalle
    05/24 – Rome, IT @ Atlantico Live
    05/25 – Bologna, IT @ Estragon
    05/28 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
    05/29-31 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
    06/19 – Toronto, ON @ Toronto Island Concert
    06/24 – Stockton, CA @ Bob Hope Theatre *
    06/25 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
    07/04 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
    07/18 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
    07/30-08/01 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
    08/12 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
    08/14 – Gotenberg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
    09/09 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st 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 SummerStage
    09/24 – New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage
    09/26 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
    09/30 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl #

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    * = w/ The Authorities
    # = w/ Sonic Youth & No Age

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