Stephen Malkmus speaks out on the chances of Pavement reuniting for their 30th anniversary

"I don't know if I have the time"

Stephen Malkmus has spoken out to downplay the chances of Pavement reforming to celebrate their 30th anniversary next year.

The college rock legends originally split in 1999 but reformed in 2009 for a reunion tour the following year. Speculation about another possible reunion has been rife ever since, with frontman Stephen Malkmus performing Pavement songs with guitarist Scott Kannberg, aka Spiral Stairs, at a gig last year for Kannberg’s 50th birthday.

Now, after last year saw Spiral Stairs excite fans with the prospect of reforming in 2019, Malkmus has said that he doesn’t think it’s likely.


“I’m not so keen on it right now,” Malkmus told Kyle Meredith in a new interview. “We put our heart into this record [new album with The Jicks, ‘Sparkle Hard’]. And I have some other tricks up my sleeve. Combine that with things like my wife’s career and family”I’m full time with my life, so I don’t know if I have time for a Pavement reunion.”

Speaking last year, Spiral Stairs said of a reunion: “We haven’t really discussed it, but there has been some talk about our 30th anniversary in 2019 maybe doing some stuff, so stay tuned!”

Tour dates and tickets

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks release ‘Sparkle Hard’ on May 18. Their upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates are below. Tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday March 28 and available here.

Wednesday 17 – MANCHESTER Albert Hall
Thursday 18 – GLASGOW SWG3 TV Studio
Friday 19 – DUBLIN Vicar Street
Sunday 21 – BRISTOL SWX
Monday 22 – BIRMINGHAM Asylum, Hockley
Wednesday 24 – LONDON Hackney Arts Centre
Thursday 25 – BRIGHTON Concorde 2