The set list for the first London show was insanely great and included “Dust My Broom” and a 5 song encore that ended with “Another Girl, Another Planet”.
Takin a Ride | I’m in Trouble | Favorite Thing | Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out | Valentine | Waitress in the Sky | Lost Highway | Kiss Me on the Bus | Talent Show | Achin’ to Be | Androgynous | | I Will Dare | Color Me Impressed | Dust My Broom | Merry Go Round | Wake Up | Treatment Bound | I’ll Be You | Maybellene | Can’t Hardly Wait | Bastards of Young | My Boy Lollipop | Left of the Dial | Alex Chilton
If Only You Were Lonely | Unsatisfied | Nevermind | I.O.U. | Another Girl, Another Planet
I didn’t think anything could top the superlatives I was seeing from people who went to the Barcelona and Amsterdam show, but color me incorrect because this show drew even more rave reviews from critics and fans.
The Replacements review – a scintillating return – The Guardian
When they need to sound good, they are impeccable – taut and flab-free, a rock’n’roll band doing absolute justice to Westerberg’s bruised, defiant anthems of youthful ennui. The songs the crowd want to sing along to – Alex Chilton, Bastards of Young, Can’t Hardly Wait, Left of the Dial – are delivered with a scything attack that’s breathtakingly exciting.
The Replacements review: rousing reunion from Minneapolis rockers – London Evening Standard
“They defied the passage of 35 years by opening at a breakneck pace with Takin’ a Ride and I’m in Trouble. Singer and guitarist Paul Westerberg, right, summoned a feral howl from his wiry frame, while bassist Tommy Stinson appeared relatively youthful at 48 having joined the group when he was barely out of short trousers.”
The Replacements; live at The Roundhouse – Jay Stringer
The Replacements took to the stage last night and ripped through 29 songs. They played longer, louder, faster and better than I expected. There were no gimmicks, no frills, no pyro. Nobody needed to walk onto the stage on an elephant, or riding a giant lemon, and there was no need for a video screen behind them to help add a feeling of scale or importance.
Last night, they were the best rock and roll band you could hope to see. There’s no higher praise.
A Love Letter to The Replacements – Oscar Rickett, Vice
Not a review of the show but using the occasion of the London shows for a paean to the Mats.
And then there is “Can’t Hardly Wait”. More than almost any other song I’ve heard, it leaves you with a heightened sense of what tomorrow might bring, a sense that is both unbearably exciting and unbearably sad. It is, like so many Replacements songs, something that you can sit with in the grey light of another late night/early morning. “Write you a letter tomorrow / tonight I can’t hold a pen”, Westerberg sings, and as he does he conjures a world of possibilities and dissolute glamour, distilling the early potential of love and life’s ability to continue surprising us while still providing us with places to drink and get high. Human lives are both hopeful and hopeless and The Replacements incarnated that and put it into their music.
“Left of The Dial”
View Shirt Watch #18, the message is just about complete.