The Replacements to play Midway Stadium in September
Paul Westerberg during Coachella's first weekend
Photo by Timothy Norris
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.
The guys' last public show in the area in 1991 at the Orpheum in Minneapolis, and it's the first proper headlining show since July 4, 1991 at Chicago's Grant Park -- their final performance before a double-decade hiatus.
On Saturday, September 13, the 'Mats will headline at the St. Paul Saints' Midway Stadium -- with support to be named soon -- which packed in 14,000 Bob Dylan fans last summer. It comes right before the Saints move to Lowertown in 2015.
"We just had to figure out the right one," Stinson's manager Ben Perlstein says, noting that they'd seriously considered a ton of other local offers. "It just made so much sense to play in the field of a minor league baseball team right before it gets torn down. It's going to be the last concert there."
After the Replacements brought out Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong at the second weekend of Coachella, there's no telling what might transpire when they hit St. Paul later this year.
Last weekend's collaboration grew out of Armstrong's friendship with Westerberg (who did a joint interview with him in Spin in 2010 ) and Stinson. Armstrong was already planning to come to the show. What started with the invitation to play one song grew into almost the entire set.
"Paul flew in Friday morning, hobbling around on a cane," Perlstein recalls. "We were like, 'Oh shit.' He threw his back out."
A plan was quickly hatched at their hotel. Armstrong arrived an hour before they played that evening, went to the trailer, and they pieced the set together. Remember the matching plaid suits the guys -- aside from Westerberg -- were wearing? A surprise gift from a designer friend of a friend. "It just kinda fell in our lap," Perlstein says. "The whole thing was very organic. There was no thought put into it. It just happened."
This show adds to a busy year of outdoor entertainment for the group, including the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta on May 9, the Forecastle Festival in Louisville on July 20, Osheaga Festival in Montreal in August, Boston Calling in September, and the recently announced Austin City Limits in October.
"They're having fun, and Paul's in good spirits," Perlstein says. But will there be more Armstrong-aided shows to come? "You never know what could happen in the future."
The Replacements. With the Hold Steady and Lucero. Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. CST for $50 plus ticketing fees at etix.com, the Midway Stadium box office, and the Depot Tavern. A four ticket limit will be strictly enforced. A presale passwords will be posted on the Replacements' Facebook page Monday. Info.
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