Replacements roadie Bill Sullivan writing '80s tour diary

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Photo By Bill Sullivan
The reunited Replacements are hotter now than they were in their prime. Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson -- along with hired guns Josh Freese, Dave Minehan, and, for the time being, Billie Joe Armstrong -- are now headlining major festivals throughout the United States and Canada, along with rapidly selling out Midway Stadium in what will be their largest local show (and first in 23 years) in their infamous history.

Rather than get swept up in the modern-day hoopla of the 'Mats reunion, Bill Sullivan is taking an insider's look back at when the band were at their creative (and destructive) peak. Sullivan, the co-owner of the 400 Bar with his brother Tom, began serving as an unpaid, self-described "driver/gopher" during the Replacements' East Coast tour in 1983, and he has set up a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the release of a book documenting his rowdy experiences with the 'Mats during their first U.S. tours, entitled Lemon Jail: 'Mats Tour Diary 1983-1986.

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The Replacements at Shaky Knees Festival, 5/10/14

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The Replacements
Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta
Saturday, May 10, 2014

After a 25-minute downpour, causing a 10-minute delay to the start of their set, the Replacements took the stage in Atlanta to rapturous cheers -- despite their crowd not being quite as large as most of the weekends other main stage headliners. 

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The Replacements Midway poster inspired by classic Twins logo

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The news crept out last night that the Replacements are playing their first hometown gig in 23 years on September 13. Since the show is at Midway Stadium, home of the St. Paul Saints, it's no surprise that the guys decided upon on some classic baseball imagery to promote the show. Update: And some monster truck imagery for a radio spot. Check 'em out below!

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The Replacements to play Midway Stadium in September

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Paul Westerberg during Coachella's first weekend
After 23 years away, the Replacements have a new Twin Cities date on the calendar. (Check out the Minnesota Twins-inspired poster!)

Last year, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson returned to the stage with guitarist David Minehan and drummer Josh Freese for three Riot Fest dates in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver, and they just launched a series of 2014 festival dates with two Coachella gigs. Now, they're bringing it all back home.

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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong joins the Replacements at Coachella

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Paul Westerberg got a replacement for himself on guitar for the second weekend at Coachella via Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. No shit. According to Billboard, the Replacements' main man spent a good portion of his performance on a couch onstage citing back trouble. Armstrong, dubbed an "expansion" of the band and dressed in a plaid suit and bowtie to match bassist Tommy Stinson's garb, stuck around for most of the performance.

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The Replacements at Coachella, 4/11/14

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The Replacements
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio, California
April 11, 2014

Paul Westerberg wasn't exactly thrilled to be in the Southern California desert last night. "Headed out to San Francisco, definitely not L.A.," he once sang. During his latest reunion show with the Replacements -- at Coachella -- he often mocked the audience, whom he quickly deemed insufficiently familiar with the band's catalog.

At one point he looked out over the crowd, asking for a "girl who has never used the word awesome," which seemed to be a dig at San Fernando Valley ladies, based a couple of hours West, who largely populated the premises.

So yeah, he was crotchety. But dammit if he didn't get away with it.


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The Replacements rehearse "Can't Hardly Wait" in the studio [VIDEO]

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Photo by Erik Hess
The Replacements are back at work. As the festival season approaches, Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, and the rest of the guys are content to post short videos to give us just a miniscule taste of what's to come.

This time, according to Stereogum it's at legendary L.A. studio Sound City. You can make out the shape of Stinson's hat quite clearly in the space.

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Hey, Buzz Osborne, chill on the 'Mats and Hüsker Dü bashing

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After a chat with Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne for City Pages' Amphetamine Reptile cover story back in July, it became quite clear that he was opinionated and acerbic, especially when it came to music (a point proven even further during Buzz's engaging interview with Cyn Collins).

Now, in a recent piece in the AV Club, the always outspoken King Buzzo was asked to discuss "bands that were good, but blew it." In the feature, he excoriates some of the best-known bands in rock history. It's true that the Who, the Rolling Stones, and Metallica all have created some stinkers, but Buzz also gets in some derisive shots at Twin Cities musical luminaries Hüsker Dü and the Replacements that we must protest.

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The Replacements to play Coachella 2014

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No, this is not a photograph of the final Replacements show ever last year in Denver.
So it wasn't just three Riot Fest gigs and done for the reformed Replacements. Now they're California dreamin'. Paul and Tommy (and hopefully Dave and Josh) are getting the band back together this year for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. It's scheduled for two weekends, April 11-13 and April 18-20.

The 2014 lineup features the 'Mats in the mix with the also reunited(!) Outkast, and fellow headliners Muse and Arcade Fire.

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Happy Birthday, Paul Westerberg

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Many happy returns, Paul Westerberg. Somehow, you've been blessed (or cursed) to enter this world on one of the best dates for celebration -- of something else entirely. Today, most well-meaning and dyslexic-hearted folk have their cheeks rosy off 2013's last punch bowls of holiday cheer or just the frigid outdoor air. We'll forgive them for letting it go mostly unremarked that you were born on New Year's Eve in 1959, but here are a few words while the day is still upon us.

And since Minnesotans come into this world with modest, steep-sloping shoulders, you shouldn't have any trouble shrugging off this short intrusion.

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