Austin City Limits | October 12, 2014


Paul Westerberg ACL 2014


As you can tell from the picture, ACL weekend 2 was a bit of a hootenanny. If you click on the picture, you’ll see those are genuine Hee-Haw overalls, worn sans shirt. And while reclining on a hammock. The hijinks might be a bit in response to what was reported to be a crowd that was weighted towards Pearl Jam fans who had staked out spots early (PJ followed that Mats). Tommy to the crowd: “Your lips look like they’re saying Pearl Jam. But we get our minute first.”

Replacements replaced by Replacements at ACL Fest – Peter Blackstock, Austin360

This Sunday, the antics were back in full tongue-in-cheek force. Something clearly was up when two giant hammocks were set up onstage before the set began. Clue number two was Westerberg’s attire, colorful cartoonish overalls with no shirt underneath.

Though they started with blazing versions of “Alex Chilton” and “Left of the Dial,” two favorites that closed the set a week ago, by song three, Westerberg was in the hammock, somehow getting through the early rocker “I’m in Trouble” while lounging uncomfortably (with the help of a crew member holding the microphone).

All bets were off the rest of the way, though mostly for the better. A stab at Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene” went a little haywire, but a cover of Texas outlaw-country songwriter Billy Joe Shaver’s “Live Forever” was a classic moment that hit home with local fans.


Alex Chilton | Left of the Dial | I’m in Trouble | Takin a Ride | Don’t Ask Why | I Don’t Know | Color Me Impressed | Love You Till Friday | Maybellene | Can’t Hardly Wait | Live Forever | Valentine | If Only You Were Lonely | I Will Dare | Kiss Me on the Bus | Love You in the Fall | Bastards of Young | Unsatisfied