What started as a one-off show in Las Vegas Oct. 3 for the Matador Records 21st birthday anniversary party has expanded to a full-on Guided By Voices reunion tour scheduled for this fall, Pitchfork reports. Because even pick-up basketball and drinking beer in your garage all day Sunday can get boring after a while.
Actually, GBV leader Robert Pollard has kept plenty busy releasing solo albums at a steady clip, and while they’ve been good, they haven’t quite matched the lo-fi pop brilliance of the Guided By Voices catalog. Or the band’s live shows, for that matter.
Listen, Dammit, managed to see GBV twice in its later years. One of them was in Northampton, Mass., in 2004, where Pollard got progressively more wasted during a 44-song set that ended only because the show pushed up against bar time. (Despite his considerable level of intoxication, Pollard continued singing on key and didn’t forget any lyrics).
The other was the band’s last show in New York, at Irving Plaza, where Pollard talked shit about the Beach Boys and handed beers from the stage to super-fan Fab Moretti of the Strokes, who was in the crowd.
9/30 – East Side Drive, Austin, TX
10/3 – Pearl Theatre @ Palms Hotel, Las Vegas NV
10/4 – Wiltern, Los Angeles CA
10/5 – Warfield, San Francisco CA
10/7 – Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR
10/9 – Showbox So Do, Seattle WA
10/12 – First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
10/13 – The Vic, Chicago IL
10/15 – Southgate House, Newport KY (Cincinnati)
10/16 – Outlands Live, Columbus OH
10/21 – 9:30 Club, Washington D.C.
10/22 – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
10/23 – Buckhead Theater, Atlanta GA
11/5 – Paradise, Boston MA
11/6 – Trocadero, Philadelphia PA
11/7 – Terminal 5, NYC