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Tuesday 25 October 2022.

Tuesday 25 October 2022. PAVEMENT live at The Roundhouse. PAVEMENT play the last of their four sold out shows at The Roundhouse. This was my second time seeing them here. No surprise that NME.COM gave the Pavement opening night at this venue a glowing five star review. The Guardian gave the show a nice four review , and said the band have rehearsed 50 songs for this European Tour and pick 25 to 30 tracks for each show. We are lucky that London has got multi-nights on the tour just like major American cities got, so they can change many songs each night, and i see plenty of folks that were also here Sunday. I saw BRIX SMITH and THURSTON MOORE here tonight. Also ITB booking agent STEVE ( Biffy Clyro etc ) ZAPP who told me he had come from a book launch party by Simon Williams "Pandimonium - How Not To Run A Record Company " ( about Fierce Panda Records). The merch stand was doing a roaring trade again. PAVEMENT arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins. This was 5 mins less on stage than their Sunday show. I enjoyed the show more tonight, as was much nearer the stage, as Sunday i watched from the rear bar. Lots of different songs played tonight compared to Sunday..."Stereo" was an early highlight, and later on "Here" and "Gold Soundz" were great. You rarely heard them on tv or radio but Pavement are just one of those bands, just doing their own thing. An enjoyable show. Full PAVEMENT setlist played tonight... Major Leagues Stereo Spizzle Trunk Starlings of the Slipstream Fight This Generation Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse) Embassy Row Heckler Spray Trigger Cut Two States Grave Architecture Father to a Sister of Thought Serpentine Pad Grounded Type Slowly Here Gold Soundz Silence Kid Kennel District Heaven Is a Truck Shady Lane Encore: Range Life Spit on a Stranger Conduit for Sale! Stop Breathin' ---------------------------------- ---------------------------------- Sunday 23 October 2022. PAVEMENT live at The Roundhouse. Pavement play the second of four sold out nights at this venue. American indie rock band, Pavement will let the lo-fi beats commence, for their first tour in 12 years. The entire edition of the early October 2022 copy of Uncut magazine features them. Emerging out of the American underground in the early 90s with their off-kilter arrangements and winding melodies, Pavement quickly became known as one of the most influential and distinctive bands to lead the lo-fi movement that dominated US indie rock during this era. Boasting five full-length albums and several international tours, the band will be gracing the Roundhouse stage for four nights. Expect punk-derived sonic textures and free-flowing poetic lyrics from these legendary lo-fi rockers. Joining Pavement for these performances will be Richard Dawson (Sat 22nd), The Bug Club (Sun 23rd), Los Bitchos (Mon 24th) and Beak (Tue 25th). I have seen Pavement just the once before, in 1999 supporting Blur at The Reading Festival. Looks like they rotate and change songs on the setlist, so each night is a bit different. NME and DJ John Peel loved them back in the day. -------------- I must admit i only really know a couple of Pavement songs, but four nights sold out at The Roundhouse at 45 a pop is pretty amazing, so here i am to see what all the fuss is about. The merch stand in the foyer is doing a roaring trade. THE BUG CLUB arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 40 mins. The trio did a good set of indie garage pop. Pavement have let them use their big screen, showing some images that Pavement would use later. The Bug Club play The Scala on 26 October. PAVEMENT arrived on stage at 9.05pm and played for 1 hour 50 mins. They have a nice big screen that is showing arty and scribbly pre-recorded images. Six musicians on stage. Highlights for me included "Frontwards" , "Here" and "Cut Your Hair"....but the rest??? Oddly tonight they didn't play the main sing I know them for titled "Gold Soundz" , although they did play it on the first night here. Their style is a bit ramshackle , abrasive and loose, but it didn't really grab me. Just one of those shows, where all the crowd enjoyed it more than me. It was interesting enough, but just not as good as i had hoped for. Maybe I just need to listen to them a bit more. Full setlist played by PAVEMENT tonight... Our Singer Stereo Frontwards Cream of Gold Silence Kid Pueblo Heckler Spray In the Mouth a Desert Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse) Debris Slide Fight This Generation Kennel District Here Perfume-V Type Slowly Gangsters & Pranksters Range Life Serpentine Pad Harness Your Hopes Give It a Day Stop Breathin Encore: Father to a Sister of Thought Spit on a Stranger Two States Grave Architecture Cut Your Hair Fillmore Jive