ACL Live Shot: The Replacements

Reunited Minneapolis punks devastate

“I know it’s not on the list,” Paul Westerberg informed a protesting Tommy Stinson after playing a familiar riff snippet midway through the Replacements’ first Austin gig since their 1991 breakup. “I wanna play it anyway.”

Butch & Sundance: Stinson (l) and Westerberg together again (Photo by John Anderson)

Cue the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”

Zilker Park only got the first verse and chorus. Had this been 1985 – the last time I saw the Replacements live – that’s all we would have gotten as well. Albeit delivered piss-ass drunk, and accompanied by 152 other first verses and choruses of some other really rotten songs. All played really badly.

Then the band would’ve walked off, with nary a note of Westerberg’s brilliant, aching originals aired.

Happily, the 2014 lineup with whom Westerberg and Stinson graced ACL Fest – force-of-nature drummer Josh Freese and Neighborhoods guitarist Dave Minehan holding down Chris Mars’ and Bob Stinson/Slim Dunlap’s places, respectively – only hints at such past disregard, always with broad humor. They were tight, focused, and in full punk mode. Witness rave-ups “Favorite Thing,” “I’m In Trouble,” “Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out,” and “White and Lazy.”

Passes were made through more sensitive turf (“I’ll Be You”), ramshackle country (“Waitress in the Sky”), and a blown-chorus jab at “I Will Dare.” They threatened “Hootenanny,” then devastated with the one-two encore walk-off “Bastards of Young” and “Alex Chilton.” This year’s ‘Mats act like they have something to prove.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More ACL Fest
Police Chief: ACL Fest Will Be “Safest Part of the City”
Police Chief: ACL Fest Will Be “Safest Part of the City”
Shooting at Las Vegas festival prompts press conference on security

Kevin Curtin, Oct. 2, 2017

ACL Live Shot: Calvin Harris
ACL Live Shot: Calvin Harris
Scottish DJ demonstrates global demand

Luke Winkie, Oct. 13, 2014

More The Replacements
ACL Live Shot: The Replacements
ACL Live Shot: The Replacements
‘Mats up the attitude and hijinks in a second-set punk encore

Neph Basedow, Oct. 13, 2014

More by Tim Stegall
New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
What we’re listening to

Feb. 12, 2021

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
What we’re listening to

Feb. 5, 2021

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

ACL Fest, The Replacements, ACL Fest 2014, Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, Josh Freese, Dave Minehan, Bob Stinson, Slim Dunlap, Chris Mars, the Jackson 5

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle