Watch: The Replacements Play First Show in 22 Years

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The much-anticipated reunion of ‘80s post-punk heroes The Replacements took place at Toronto’s Riot Fest last night. Lasting roughly an hour, the 23-song set featured performances stretching across the band’s full catalog. The Replacements opted for a set filled with deep cuts, playing everything from their 1981 debut Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash to rare b-sides from the late ‘80s. Donning a plaid sport coat, frontman Paul Westerberg addressed the band’s absence: “Sorry it took so long, for 25 years we’ve had a wardrobe debate…unresolved,” before the jumping into their opener “Takin’ a Ride.”

Westerberg was joined onstage by original Replacements’ band member Tommy Stinson, as well as drummer John Freese and guitarist David Minehan, who both played with Westerberg on his solo tour in the early ‘90s. Freese and Minehan are playing in place of former members Chris Mars and Slim Dunlap, who is still recovering from a stroke he suffered last year. The band’s encore included the song “Everything is Coming Up Roses,” released on an EP last year when the band briefly reunited to raise money to help pay Dunlap’s medical bills.

The Replacements are set to make two additional Riot Fest appearances, Sept. 15 in Chicago and Sept. 21 in Denver. There’s no word yet of whether the band will extend their reunion and add future dates. See the entire setlist and videos from last night’s show below

1. “Takin’ a Ride”
2. “I’m In Trouble”
3. “Favorite Thing”
4. “Hanging Downtown”
5. “Color Me Impressed”
6. “Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out”
7. “Kiss Me On the Bus”
8. “Androgynous”
9. “Achin’ to Be”
10. “I Will Dare”
11. “Love You ‘Til Friday”
12. “Maybellene”(Chuck Berry Cover)
13. “Merry Go Round”
14. “Wake Up”
15. “Borstal Breakout”(Sham 69 Cover)
16. “Little Mascara”
17. “Left of the Dial”
18. “Alex Chilton”
19. “Swingin’ Party”
20. “Can’t Hardly Wait”
21. “Bastards of Young”

22. “Everything is Coming Up Roses” (From Songs For Slim EP)
23. “I.O.U”

Takin’ a Ride

Favorite Thing

Color Me Impressed


Left of the Dial

Alex Chilton

Bastards of The Young

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