Bits + Pieces: Seattle and Portland

Try as I might, I could not figure out a way to embed Facebook videos into this page. Which is too bad because there are two excellent videos from the Portland show taken by Pat Moriarity you need to see. Here are the links to watch them on FB:

Whole Food Blues – The improvised blues number about Paul’s unsatisfying visit to Whole Foods for a chocolate protein shake to help him keep his “girlish figure”.
I.O.U. – The absolutely SMOKING encore.

If you’re not following the Mats or Josh Freese on Instagram, you’re missing out on some little gems.

The worlds greatest songwriter trying to find something good on the radio a few days ago.

A photo posted by Josh Freese (@joshfreese) on

Celebrating 75 years A photo posted by The Replacements (@thereplacements) on

Excellent review of the Portland show by Craig Wright in The Daily Emerald: The Replacements return to Portland. Oh no.

After “Alex Chilton,” the lights in the Crystal Ballroom slowly began to turn on, but the stage lights remained dark, giving fans a glimmer of hope that the band might possibly come back for one more song. As the road crew shut off amps and gather guitars, the crowd grew louder, begging for more. Suddenly, the crew began walking faster, turning all the amps back on. The Replacements resurfaced for a loud, fast, and powerful “IOU,” a perfect ending to a perfect set….

For the doubters who may think The Replacements are either too old, or that the reunion doesn’t count because drummer Chris Mars chose not to partake, guitarist Dave Minehan and drummer Josh Freese are no longer replacement Replacements. They are the failsafe anchors who have filled the large shoes vacated by founding members Bob Stinson and Chris Mars, as well as former guitarist Slim Dunlap who is in long term care at the hospital following a debilitating stroke.

The Replacements should have been the biggest band of the ‘80s, but with every chance they received, they shot themselves in the foot and missed the first rung on the ladder of success.

Westerberg was focused and unforgiving of mistakes all night. There were no stage decorations or a fancy light show. The music was all that mattered. This is how Rock and Roll is supposed to be.

And lastly, a potentially NSFW picture of more Voodoo Doughnuts from Portland sound check, via We Love The ‘Mats via Peter Hilgendorf.

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