Ranaldo: ‘Moore/Gordon Split Could End Sonic Youth’

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November 29, 2011 | 9:40pm EST

Cult rockers Sonic Youth are considering breaking up following bandmates Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore’s marriage split.
The indie rock icons stunned fans in October by announcing the end of their 25-year marriage and now guitarist Lee Ranaldo fears the split could end the band.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine 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.

“I’m feeling optimistic about the future no matter what happens at this point. 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.”

Moore and Gordon co-founded Sonic Youth in the late 1970s.