Pavement kick off London residency at O2 Academy Brixton

Band tell crowd of failed ecstasy experience at venue

Pavement kicked off their four-date residency at London‘s O2 Academy Brixton last night (May 10) with an epic 31-song set.

The show saw them performing in the same venue which hosted the band’s last ever gig before their break-up in November 1999.

The recently reformed band, who will be curating this weekend’s (May 15-17) All Tomorrow’s Parties festival at Butlins, Minehead, acknowledged the importance of the venue in their career with guitarist Scott Kannberg telling the audience that Brixton Academy is a “special place for us”, before adding: “Liverpool’s alright too.”


Frontman Stephen Malkmus then went on to ask Kannberg if he’d ever seen any shows there at gigs he hadn’t played at, before Malkmus told the crowd he’d seen EMF and The Streets play at the venue.

“I tried to take ecstasy and it didn’t work,” Kannberg said of his experience at the EMF show, which he also attended.

Though the crowd were in high spirits throughout, the biggest audience reactions were for ‘Gold Soundz’, ‘Range Life’, the Kannberg-fronted ‘Date w/ IKEA’ and their 1994 crossover single ‘Cut Your Hair’.

Concentrating on material from the early and mid point of their career, Pavement only played one track – ‘Spit On A Stranger’ – from their final album, 1999’s ‘Terror Twilight’.

The band played two encores, starting the second with ‘Conduit For Sale!’, which Malkmus introduced by saying they’d previously played the song at O2 Academy Brixton with Sonic Youth back in 1992.

Members of Pavement will be on NME Radio from 11.30 (BST) today (May 11) to discuss the gigs and their reunion. To tune in, head to Sky Channel 0184, Virgin Media 975, Freesat 727, DAB nationwide or NME.COM/radio.


Pavement played:

‘Silence Kit’
‘Box Elder’
‘Father To A Sister of Thought’
‘Shady Lane’
‘In The Mouth A Desert’
‘Gold Soundz’
‘Summer Babe’
‘Kennel District’
‘No Life Singed Her’
‘Fight This Generation’
‘Range Life’
‘Two States’
‘Trigger Cut’
‘Starlings Of The Slipstream’
‘Spizzle Trunk’
‘Spit On A Stranger’
‘Elevate Me Later’
‘Rattled By The Rush’
‘Cut Your Hair’
‘We Dance’
‘Date w/ IKEA’
‘Debris Slide’
‘Give It A Day’
‘Stop Breathin”
‘Conduit For Sale!’

Meanwhile, guitarist Scott Kannberg is set to play a solo show as Spiral Stairs after tomorrow night’s gig.