Pavement Enchants Greek Theater

After a 10 year hiatus, indie rockers Pavement are back in the Bay.

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Pavement is set to headline a three-day, 21st anniversary of Matador Records in Las Vegas October 1-3.
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After a 10-year hiatus, Steven Malkmus and the rest of Pavement returned to the Bay Area.
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The Greek Theater in Berkeley was an enchanted spot on Friday, June 25, 2010.
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The band played a "Greatest Hits" selection of songs for nearly two-hours.
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Bassist Mark Ibold also plays with Sonic Youth.
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Drummer Steve West
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Guitarist Scott Kannberg
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The first time I saw Pavement was in 1994 at the Great American Music Hall.
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I wasn't familiar with the band, but I was in town for a Nine Inch Nails show at the Warfield and Pavement was playing at midnight at the GAMH.
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It was pretty strange to go from a NIN show straight to Pavement, but I lived hours away and would pretty much go to any show I could when in SF.
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A year later I saw Pavement at the 1995 Lollapallooza festival at Shoreline.
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At the Shoreline gig the band all stood behind big wooden cutouts so no one could watch them as they played.
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Singer Stephen Malkmus has played in the Bay Area with the Silver Jews, and The Jicks since last being here with Pavement.
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Pavement is set to headline a three-day, 21st anniversary of Matador Records in Las Vegas October 1-3.
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The fans at the Greek soak it in.
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"Does anyone here worship Satan?," Bob Nastanovich (center with tambourine) asked the audience between songs. "We were in Stockton last night and no one worshiped Satan there."
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Malkmus said he was treating the Berkeley show as an extension of their Stockton homecoming show the night before.
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Guitarist Scott Kannberg (right) said the only other time he'd been to the Greek Theater was to see Third Eye Blind.
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The audience giggled at the thought of Kannberg going to a Third Eye Blind show, but he explained, "My friend was f**king the lead singer."
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Dancing in the aisles
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Here's one of my two pictures from the 1994 Great American Music Hall show.
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Here's the second pic from the GAMH 1994 show.
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