The ’Mats owe us nothing



Wow. Watching all the shows for the Back By Unpopular Demand tour unfold—or rather EXPLODE—proves that truly, The Replacements owe us nothing.

It’s probably not a coincidence then that The ’Mats played I.O.U for their second encore at the Portland show. Note the little smile from Paul at the end of the video above. In fact, they closed many of their 2013 fest shows with that rocker, too.

If recent fan and critic reports coming out of their two-night stint at L.A.’s Hollywood Palladium are any indication, the train kept a rollin’! “You could feel and see the room swell with energy and joy, both on stage and in the wildly dancing, lyrics-shouting crowd – which didn’t, and nearly wouldn’t, go home when the Replacements were done,” said Peter Larsen of the Orange County Register.

Long-time fan Heather Chakiris attended both nights at the Palladium. Her thoughts on the second night; “I can’t even find the words. JESUS, WHAT A SHOW. WHAT A NIGHT. WHAT A BAND. Closed with I.O.U. THIS BAND IS A FREIGHT TRAIN.”

Paul Westerberg throws his SG to guitar tech during second night of L.A. show. Photo courtesy of @joshfreese on Instagram.

Paul Westerberg throws his SG to guitar tech during second night of L.A. show. Photo courtesy of @joshfreese on Instagram.

Look out Denver!

“Want it in writing, I owe you nothin’.”

Well, here you have it, boys, in writing.

Here are some other folks who agree:

Live Review: The Replacements Still Beautifully Ramshackle at the Masonic
Live Review: The Replacements at Crystal Ballroom, 4/10 
Consequence of Sound review of Seattle show

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