The countdown is on for the return of Pavement. And we’re close, very close. The band kicks-off their reunion tour Monday in Auckland, New Zealand. To spice up the long-awaited reunion, guitarist Scott ‘Spiral Stairs’ Krannberg has been working his blog about the band’s rehearsals in Portland, OR, posting photos and comments as the band jets off to the home of Flight of the Conchords.

And if ya hadn’t heard, drummer Steve West has a YouTube channel, where he posted a new video about seeing Pavement live; the rest of the band is rehearsing in the background.

Watch West’s video below.

“It was the first time some of us had been in the same room together for close to 10 years,” Krannberg wrote on Matador Records’ blog. “I think we all were a little nervous…. But by the time we had finished, most of the 40 plus songs we had rehearsed were sounding pretty good.”

Krannberg added that the band is looking forward to the year ahead and, “…seeing all the fans out there digging the music makes it all worthwhile.”

Pavement’s upcoming greatest hits, Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement, will be released March 8. The 23-track collection, available from Matador Records, will be available on double LP, CD and digital. Quarantine The Past covers the history of the band (1989 to 1999) from their first, self-released EP to their final album.

All tracks are fully remastered from the original tapes, including for the early material. Along with the release of Quarantine The Past, Matador will be re-releasing Pavement’s complete Matador LP catalog.

Adding to their massive tour itinerary, Pavement were recently named headliners to the Pitchfork Music Festival, which takes place in Chicago’s Union Park on July 16 – 18.

Pavement Tour:

  • 03-01 Auckland, New Zealand – Town Hall
  • 03-04 Sydney, Australia – Enmore Theatre
  • 03-05 Sydney, Australia – Enmore Theatre
  • 03-06 Meredith, Australia – Supernatural Amphitheatre (Golden Plains Festival)
  • 03-07 Adelaide, Australia – Thebarton Theatre
  • 03-08 Perth, Australia – Metro City
  • 03-10 Brisbane, Australia – Tivoli
  • 03-12 Melbourne, Australia – Palace Theatre
  • 03-14 Melbourne, Australia – Palace Theatre
  • 04-07 Tokyo, Japan – Studio Coast
  • 04-08 Tokyo, Japan – Studio Coast
  • 04-10 Osaka, Japan – Zepp Osaka
  • 04-12 Nagoya, Japan – Zepp Nagoya
  • 04-18 Indio, CA – Coachella Festival
  • 05-04 Dublin, Ireland – Tripod
  • 05-05 Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland
  • 05-07 Paris, France – Le Zénith
  • 05-08 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
  • 05-10 London, England – Brixton Academy
  • 05-11 London, England – Brixton Academy
  • 05-12 London, England – Brixton Academy
  • 05-13 London, England – Brixton Academy
  • 05-15 Minehead, England – All Tomorrow’s Parties
  • 05-18 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
  • 05-19 Berlin, Germany – Astra
  • 05-20 Prague, Czech Republic – Palac Akropolis
  • 05-21 Vienna, Austria – Arena
  • 05-22 Munich, Germany – Muffathalle
  • 05-24 Rome, Italy – Atlantico Live
  • 05-25 Bologna, Italy – Estragon
  • 05-27 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Festival
  • 05-30 Quincy, Washington – Sasquatch! Festival
  • 06-19 Toronto, Ontario – Olympic Island
  • 06-25 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
  • 07-02 Gdynia, Poland – Open’er Festival
  • 07-04 Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
  • 07-08 Liege, Belgium – Les Ardentes Festival
  • 07-18 Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival
  • 08-12 Oslo, Norway – Oya Festival
  • 08-14 Gothenburg, Sweden – Way Out West Festival
  • 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