The Replacements at Riot Fest Denver, 9/21/13
|Photo by Jon Solomon|
|Paul Westerberg of the Replacements at Riot Fest Denver in Byers, Colorado|
Riot Fest, Denver, Colorado
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Surely it wasn't lost on anyone when Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson came on stage wearing pink skirts and orange cowboy hats. The two were clearly nodding to the absence of Stinson's late brother Bob, who frequently performed in such attire. Clad as they were, the two deftly addressed the issue without having to say a thing, all the while making a sly, sardonic statement at the same time. It was the perfect symbol for how the Replacements' songs make no bones about everyday life, and how it's important to have a sense of humor even about things that seem unmentionable in polite company.
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The set itself was part the Replacements and part "the 'Mats." The foursome played many of its most beloved songs but also threaded in covers and micro covers inside other songs for what seemed like a classic Replacements show as much as it could be in a big music festival format. The band did its level best in that regard.