|Photo by Steve Cohen|
Run Westy Run
Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis
Monday, August 25, 2014
Most Minnesota bands take years to complete a tour of the state's most iconic music venues, but the recently reformed Run Westy Run are making a run at it just eight months in. The Westies performed a raucous set at the Triple Rock Monday night, a gig that followed Christmastime bashes at First Avenue and the Turf Club and June shows at the 7th Street Entry, Amsterdam Bar & Hall, and The Rex in Duluth.
Monday's concert was only the local legends' sixth since returning from a 15-year hiatus last December, but more significantly last night, their first since the death of founding bassist/guitarist Kyle Johnson. The blood and musical brother of Westies frontman Kirk and guitarist Kraig, he passed away earlier this month at the age of 54. The Triple Rock show, booked to coincide with Saturday's memorial service for Kyle, was surely the musical equivalent of that for the members of Run Westy Run.
Run Westy Run were never as popular as fellow locals the Replacements or Hüsker Dü, but as the two-hour show proved, have always been just as meaningful to their biggest of fans.
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R.I.P., Run Westy Run founding member Kyle Johnson