First R.E.M. splits up, and now Sonic Youth may be over: After 27 years of marriage and 30 years as bandmates, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon today issued a statement announcing they’ve separated, and while Sonic Youth will honor its South American touring commitments next month, the future of the band is uncertain.
“Musicians Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, married in 1984, are announcing they have separated. Sonic Youth, with both Kim and Thurston involved, will proceed with its South American tour dates in November. Plans beyond that tour are uncertain. The couple has requested respect for their personal privacy and does not wish to issue further comment.”
The band — which also features guitarist Lee Ranaldo, drummer Steve Shelley and recent addition Mark Ibold, formerly of Pavement, on bass — is scheduled to perform five dates in Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Chile and Brazil in November. Should Sonic Youth not survive the couple’s break-up, the band’s final show could be Nov. 14 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Sonic Youth tour dates:
Nov. 5: Personal Fest 2011, Geba San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nov. 8: Festival Primavera O, Teatro de Verano, Montevideo, Uruguay
Nov. 10: Explanada Monumental, Lima, Peru
Nov. 13: Maquinaria Festival, Santiago, Chile
Nov. 14: SWU Music and Arts Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- Thurston Moore: New ‘Circulation’ video, tour dates, streaming concert, Sonic Youth reissue
- Sonic Youth’s ‘1991: The Year Punk Broke’ finally to be released on DVD this fall
- Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore to release ‘Demolished Thoughts’ in May