The Replacements play live for first time in 22 years – watch

Reunited band deliver career-spanning 23-track set at Riot Fest in Toronto

The Replacements played live for the first time in 22 years at the Toronto leg of alt-rock roadshow Riot Fest last night (August 25).

Founding members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson were joined in the band’s reunion line-up by well-known session musicians Josh Freese and Dave Minehan, as had been confirmed last week (August 18).

Westerberg jokingly told the crowd, “Sorry it took us so long. For 25 years we’ve been having a wardrobe debate… unresolved,” Consequence of Sound reports. The band then rattled through 23 tracks including ‘Bastards Of Young’, ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’, ‘Swingin Party’, ‘Alex Chilton’ and covers of Chuck Berry’s ‘Maybellene’ and The Sham’s ‘Borstal Breakout’. Click ‘play’ above to watch fan-shot footage of the band performing ‘Favorite Thing’.


The reunited band currently have two more comeback gigs scheduled: at Riot Fest Chicago on September 15 and Riot Fest Denver on September 21.

The Replacements formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1979 and went on to release seven studio albums, the most successful of which, 1989’s ‘Don’t Tell A Soul’, peaked at Number 59 on the US albums chart.

The band played their final live show before breaking up in Chicago on July 21, 1991 and have since been hailed as an influence by Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong, who said attending a Replacements gig “changed my whole life”, as well as by The Cribs, The Goo Goo Dolls and They Might Be Giants. The band’s original lead guitarist Bob Stinson, older brother of Tommy, passed away in 1995.

The Replacements played:

‘Takin’ A Ride’
‘I’m In Trouble’
‘Favorite Thing’
‘Hangin’ Downtown’
‘Color Me Impressed’
‘Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out’
‘Kiss Me on the Bus’
‘Achin’ to Be’
‘I Will Dare’
‘Love You Till Friday’
‘Merry Go Round’
‘Wake Up’
‘Borstal Breakout’
‘Little Mascara’
‘Left Of The Dial’
‘Alex Chilton’
‘Swingin Party’
‘Can’t Hardly Wait’
‘Bastards of Young’
‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’