Pavement drummer confirmed for Hope show

Gary Young promises he’ll exhibit only his best behavior.

On stage and off. They’re already Twittering about it.

Young, in whose Stockton home studio Scott Kannberg and Stephen Malkmus first recorded as Pavement, will re-connect with his former bandmates June 24 when the group plays its first show ever in Stockton.

Tickets ($35) remain for the Bob Hope Theatre concert, the only one Young will be part of during Pavement’s international 10-year reunion tour.

“I’ve been practicing and I’ll be ready,” said Young, 56, who’s a Linden resident and recording studio owner (Louder Than You Think). “I’m extremely excited about it. I’m just gonna walk up there and play drums so well you can’t even imagine.

“Headstands upon request of the band only. I wanna go and be the most professional musician I possibly can be. That’s my only intent. To make the show a better one.”

Kannberg, Malkmus and Young recorded “Slanted and Enchanted,” the group’s now-classic debut album in 1991, in Young’s home studio.

Initially, he used a tool box for percusdion.

Released in 1992, it was the first of five full albums the band recorded before breaking up in 1999. It’s been re-released on vinyl to accompany the tour.

Before Young left the group at the end of 1982, he became notorious for his oddly goofy antics — giving away vegetables to fans before shows, standing on his head as the group played during shows and other now-mythologized pranks.

In Stockton, Young will drum on songs from the band’s earliest recordings (“Slay Tracks,” “Watery, Domestic,” “Slanted and Enchanted” and “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain”).

“They gave me a set list and I’ve been practicing every day,” said Young, “Hey, we’ve gotta play the Linden song, right? It’s perfect.”

That would be “Feed ’Em to the Lions (Linden),” a Pavement rewrite of a similarly titled song Young wrote as a member of Stockton’s The Fall of Christianity, a band that also included Brian Thalken, whose reformed punk-rock group (The Authorities, circa 1978) are opening the Stockton show only.

“That’s definitely one of the best songs ever,” Young said.

Steve West, Pavement’s drummer, will give way to Young on those early songs — expected to be six or seven during the band’s set.

Bob Nastanovich will provide his usual wild-man percussion with Mark Ibold on bass. Malkmus, who writes most of the songs, and Kannberg sing and play guitar.

Young, who also became a crazy MTV character (The Plantman) and played a Sacramento Lollapalooza side-stage show with Pavement’s help in 1995, also is reviving his band, Hospital. He’s recording a vinyl 10-inch EP with bassist Eric Westphal and drummer Johnny Cruz.

“I’m very happy,” said Young. “And I’m going to drum the best I’ve ever drummed.”

Tickets for the show at the 2,000-seat venune remain availabklet a, and (209) 339-4673.

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