On Saturday (February 18th), Pavement performed Osaka, Japan, for the primary time in 13 years, performing on the 1,500-capacity Namba Hatch that resembles a UFO from the surface. It had additionally been been practically 30 years for the reason that band’s first present within the metropolis, a 1994 gig on the Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain tour. This was adopted by Japan excursions selling Wowee Zowee in 1997 and Terror Twilight in 1999, simply earlier than the band known as it quits. Their most up-to-date Osaka present had been in 2010 to play the Summer season Sonic competition on their first reunion tour.
Namba Hatch was packed to capability with hardly any room to maneuver. I met a diehard Pavement fan from Australia who mentioned he attended the reunion exhibits in 2010 along with his daughter when she was only a lady. She grew to become a fan of the band after listening to her father play their songs nonstop. They couldn’t resist a chance to see the band collectively in Japan.
I additionally talked to a vacationer in a Beastie Boys Verify Your Head T-shirt who simply occurred to see the native listings for issues to do in Osaka and found that Pavement was taking part in. He bought to the venue early and snatched up one of many few remaining day-of-show tickets. A handful of followers purchased tickets for complete Japan tour, which included two nights in Tokyo.
It was simple to inform who had been to the Tokyo exhibits as a result of they had been the one ones carrying the brand new tour shirts. I overheard a member of the employees telling a pissed off buyer that the entire tour merchandise utterly bought out in Tokyo. There have been loads of classic tees on show, although, together with one from the Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain tour that would most likely fetch the worth of a full meal at the costliest sushi restaurant in Japan.
The present began promptly at 6 p.m. with a excessive spirited efficiency “Grave Architecture” from Wowee Zowee. This was adopted by “Shady Lane,” which bought a rousing ovation from the group, and was considered one of six songs the band would play from Brighten the Corners, together with “Embassy Row,” “Starlings of the Slipstream,” “Stereo,” “Transport Is Arranged” and “Type Slowly.”
Spiral Stairs, aka Scott Kannberg, delivered a robust model of “Kennel District” from Wowee Zowee. I believe’s considered one of Pavement’s greatest songs and I used to be envious that followers in Tokyo bought to listen to one other Kannberg basic, “Date With Ikea,” from Brighten the Corners. After the primary Tokyo present, the band took to Twitter to ask followers what songs they want to hear. If I had identified I might have steered the obscure Kannberg-penned gem “Painted Soldiers,” from the Children in The Corridor: Mind Sweet soundtrack.