The reunited Minneapolis band play a 29-song set at London's Roundhouse venue
The Replacements played their first UK gig in 24 years last night (June 2), as they made their first of two appearances at London’s Roundhouse venue.
The Minneapolis band took to the stage at 9:10pm, with frontman Paul Westerberg sporting a yellow shirt and baggy green trousers. Midway through the set, he removed the shirt to reveal a white T-shirt with the letter ‘S’ painted on the back.
The singer and guitarist has been wearing T-shirts with letters that purportedly spell out the message “I have always loved you, now I must whore my past” since the band embarked on their reunion tour earlier this year, even spawning its own Facebook fan page.
As the group were wont in the their heyday, the 29-song set included a handful of covers, including Barbie Gaye’s ‘My Boy Lollipop’, ‘Maybellene’ by Chuck Berry and The Only Ones’ ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’. The rest of the set featured cuts from across the quartet’s seven album-strong back catalogue, including ‘Androgynous’ and ‘Bastards Of Young’. You can watch fan-shot footage of the latter below.
Before ‘Kiss Me On The Bus’, Westerberg told the crowd “We dedicate this song to…” before stepping away from the mic and saying: “What the hell are doing?”
Later, the frontman asked for requests from the crowd. As eager audience members shouted back suggestions, he replied “I’m just going to wait until someone says something that’s on the list,” pointing at the setlist taped to the floor by his foot. Eventually, the band agreed to play ‘Talent Show’, taken from their 1989 album ‘Don’t Tell A Soul’.
Shortly after, ‘Wake Up’ was given an airing, with Westerberg telling the crowd afterwards: “We hate that song more than you do. You didn’t think it was possible.” The Replacements then played ‘Treatment Bound’ and ‘I’ll Be You’, the latter of which was dedicated to guitarist Slim Dunlap, who replaced original member Bob Stinson when he passed away in 1987 but suffered a stroke in 2012.
The band took a short break after ‘Alex Chilton’, with Westerberg first returning to the stage alone to begin ‘If Only You Were Lonely’. The rest of the group gradually rejoined him for a five song encore. At the end of ‘IOU’, bassist Tommy Stinson threw his instrument to the ground and walked off stage, appearing to signal the end of the set. Westerberg, however, had other ideas.
“You think that’s all we’ve got?” he asked the crowd. “Have you missed the last bus yet?” He then instructed the group’s guitar tech to take Stinson’s place, but the bassist swiftly reappeared. With all four members – including touring members drummer Josh Freese and guitarist Dave Minehan – in position, The Replacements closed out their performance with ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’.
The Replacements play their only other UK date at London Roundhouse tonight (June 3) before the last confirmed date of their reunion tour at the Portuguese edition of Primavera Sound in Porto on June 5.
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The Replacements played:
‘Takin’ A Ride’
‘I’m In Trouble’
‘Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out’
‘Waitress In The Sky’
‘Kiss Me On The Bus’
‘Achin’ To Be’
‘I Will Dare’
‘Dust My Broom’
‘Color Me Impressed’
‘Merry Go Round’
‘I’ll Be You’
‘Can’t Hardly Wait’
‘Bastards Of Young’
‘My Boy Lollipop’
‘Left Of The Dial’
‘If Only You Were Lonely’
‘Another Girl, Another Planet’