THE REPLACEMENTS- Live In Queens
As warm up act, the Hold Steady noted, it was significant that this historic gig was happening at the birthplace of the Ramones. The Replacements (or ‘Mats’ as they’re sometimes called) started out as punk but slowed the pace down a bit and became of the most heralded and influential indie rock acts of the 1980’s.
After breaking up in 1991, singer/songwriter Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson (who also plays with Guns N’ Roses) got back together for the Coachella festival this past April, had Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong guest with them and took their act on the road, including a stop in Queens yesterday. With new guitarist Dave Minehan (of Boston band The Neighborhoods) replacing the late Bob Stinson and a new drummer (Josh Freese, who’s also played with Devo and Nine Inch Nails), they roared through their Gimme Decade catalog, with great moments of sing-a-long nostalgia on songs like “Androgynous” and “Bastards of Young,” as well as funny moments of stage banter about cigarettes and medical mishaps. Thankfully, Paul kept his drinking down this time, actually remembering most of the lyrics and not stage diving or breaking his wrist- this time, he just tossed back a tennis back from the crowd, which was appropriate since the Stadium usually hosts tennis matches.
See the photo collage above for some visual highlights. Also see these two videos from the show.
“I Want You Back" (Jackson 5 cover)