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- Posted on Nov 29th 2011 11:12AM by Kenneth Partridge
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That's the word from guitarist Lee Ranaldo, who told Rolling Stone that the group's recent South American performances were "the last shows for a while," adding, "I guess I'd just leave it at that."
Moore and Gordon shocked the indie-rock world on Oct. 14, when they announced they were splitting up after more than 25 years of marriage. The two co-founded Sonic Youth in the late '70s, forging a musical partnership that would yield more than a dozen highly influential (and highly noisy) albums.
Ranaldo -- who's gearing up to release his first-ever solo album, 'Between the Times and the Tides,' early next year on Matador -- said the pair's romantic travails had little affect on Sonic Youth's South American shows. Despite some "tiptoeing around and some different situations with the traveling," he said, the tour was a success, and he feels good about what lies ahead.
"I'm feeling optimistic about the future no matter what happens at this point," Ranaldo said. "I mean, every band runs its course. We've been together way longer than any of us ever imagined would happen, and it's been for the most part an incredibly pleasurable ride. There's still a lot of stuff we're going to continue to do. There's tons and tons of archival projects and things like that that are still going on, so there are so many ways in which we are tied to each other for the future both musically and in other ways."
"I'm just happy right now to let the future take its course, and I guess I'm kind of thankful that I've got this other project that kind of came about on its own," he added.
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