June 29, 1987 |
"Is there a drummer in the house?" How'd you like to be the drummer in a band and hear your lead singer make that crack after the show's first song? It didn't seem to faze the Replacements' Chris Mars Friday at the Variety Arts Center. He obviously knows how to deal with the wit of Paul Westerberg, so he kept leaving the stage and letting the drummer from the opening band take over. The Replacements, clearly, are still untamed, even after making it through a second LP for a major record company.
November 10, 1985 |
"TIM." The Replacements. Sire. Followers of the Replacements figured that the rambunctious quartet's signing with major-label Sire Records would lead to some colossal test of independent vs. corporate wills. Would the Minnesota mavericks sneak into the board room and give hotfoots to the directors? Would the button-down businessmen lobotomize the wild impulses of the underground heroes? There's no evidence of any such face-offs on the Replacements' big-league debut.
June 13, 2013 |
Post-punk band the Replacements will reunite for the first time in 22 years to play at least three festival dates this summer, the band announced on Wednesday night. At their peak in the 1980s, the group was considered one of the great hopes for American rock, and though they never made a serious dent in the charts, their classic records, including "Hootenanny," “Let It Be,” and "Don't Tell a Soul," remain some of the great guitar albums of the era. Formed in Minneapolis in 1979 by singer/guitarist Paul Westerberg, brothers Tommy and Bobby Stinson and drummer Chris Mars, the band was one of the tightest and most accomplished of a movement that spawned, among others, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Soul Asylum, Husker Du and Sonic Youth, but the members split in 1991 just as their peers and inheritors were ascending to commercial and critical peaks. Alas, the Replacements are these days best known for producing a Guns 'n Roses bassist in Tommy Stinson, who's traveled with Axl and company for 15 years now. His brother Bobby, a dynamic guitarist whose leads helped define the band's sound, died in 1995 after struggling with addiction; replacement guitarist Slim Dunlap joined them during their years with Sire Records, although a stroke last year will prevent him from participating in the reunion.
May 8, 1989 |
The Replacements have matured to the point where their live shows hardly ever collapse into drunken tantrums anymore, but that doesn't mean they have outgrown their capacity for chaos. There were times during their concert Saturday night at UC Irvine's Crawford Hall when the rock band from Minneapolis sounded like a loud, formless, lurching ball of confusion--drums thumping stiffly, guitars scraping and blaring at cross purposes and singer Paul Westerberg barking with all the melodiousness of an overexcited basset hound.
April 19, 2014 |
"We're the world's greatest Replacements cover band," Paul Westerberg cracked as his band took the stage Friday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. He may have been joking, but there was more than a little truth to his remark, in part because Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong would arrive a few songs later and take over vocal duties. On the first day of the second weekend of the desert festival, a number of the marquee acts were seeking to recapture the magic of days gone by, including headliners Outkast.
April 21, 2014 |
In the past few days at Coachella, there's been a lot of writhing and hip-pumping (deliberately avoiding the word that starts with T and rhymes with working). I've seen people standing so still, it's as if they're on a high that's left them feeling like they'll shatter if they take one step. And that was all just onstage. PHOTOS: Weekend 2 | Weekend 1 The range was so striking, I decided to rank some of these artists on the movement spectrum. Ranked from least action to most, they are: 10. Paul Westerberg of the Replacements. First, this was one of my top two acts of the weekend - so fans, control your outrage, please.
May 5, 1989 |
There were several mundane but pressing questions facing Paul Westerberg as he sat in a hotel room in Phoenix earlier this week. What was he going to do about the headache that had been bothering him since he got up? And where was he going to get a clean shirt to wear, now that everything he had packed for the road was all grubby? And would either of the above be resolved before he had to go off with the three other members of the Replacements for a promotional visit to a local radio station?
February 3, 1991 |
P aul Westerberg is a rock star worth believing in, though it's taken him almost a decade to accept it himself. As leader of the Replacements, he wrote tuneful tales in the '80s about insecurities and desires with the intensity and insight of a young Pete Townshend. Yet the raw, raspy singer was the victim of his insecurities--leaving the widely acclaimed cult favorite unable to follow through on industry predictions of mainstream success.
November 5, 1993
Paul Westerberg's concerts at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday and at Spreckels Theatre in San Diego on Monday have been postponed due to a back injury suffered by the singer during a show last week. The shows are expected to be rescheduled for late December. Tickets for the postponed concerts will be honored on the new dates.