By every account, the Mats show at Midway Stadium in St. Paul last night was an overwhelmingly success, to the say the least. Everything I have heard, seen or read about the show has been an absolute rave review (exception: Super long lines for merchandise). This review by Chris Riemenschneider seems to capture the spirit of the night best (i.e. will make you weep that you were not there to see it): Review: Replacements satisfy, at last
Westerberg sang with unusual tenderness — soft, raspy, sadly beautiful — in the mid-show highlights “If Only You Were Lonely” and “Androgynous.” He once again botched the lyrics at the end of the latter ballad, but his smile after hearing the crowd fill in the words suggested he perhaps did so on purpose.
Toward show’s end is where things really got unusually lovely and emotional, with two songs the band had yet to play with the new lineup: “Skyway,” which Westerberg played by himself to kick off the first encore, and “Unsatisfied,” which they saved for the one-song second encore and turned into the most perfect part of the night.
All the fondness over the messy, mayhem-fueled local Replacements shows of old can still stand. More than ever, though, Westerberg and Stinson can also brag about having the occasional “on” night when they did justice to some of the greatest rock ’n’ roll songs of all time. That was Saturday’s set in a nutshell.
There are so many great pictures from the show but I think this one is quite possibly the greatest picture taken since this reunion started last year. You can view all of Darin’s photos from the show on Flickr.
Many videos of the night on YouTube (and the show was professionally filmed so a DVD may be in our future). I loved this one of “Skyway”.
Favorite Thing | Takin’ a Ride | I’m in Trouble | Don’t Ask Why | I’ll Be You | Valentine | Waitress in the Sky | Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out | Take Me Down to the Hospital | I Want You Back | Going to New York | Color Me Impressed | Nowhere Is My Home | If Only You Were Lonely | Achin’ to Be | Kiss Me on the Bus | Androgynous | I Will Dare | Love You Till Friday | Maybellene | Merry Go Round | I Won’t | Borstal Breakout | Swingin’ Party | Love You in the Fall | Can’t Hardly Wait | Bastards of Young | I Don’t Know
Skyway (Paul solo) | Left of the Dial | Alex Chilton