Growing up as the oldest of three, I never had the knowing influencer that I could point to as the immediate source of interests in music. It all started in earnest with a trip to the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame when I was 15. Afterwards, I returned home and proceeded to go through my Beatles, Stones, Zep phases in normal order.
It wasn’t until I arrived for my freshman year at the School of Visual Arts that I came across the outsider classics. In 2007, before the advent of Spotify, I walked up to my college’s modest Library CD rack and decided I’d go through all of the unknown selections the first being The Replacements’ Let It Be. That led to the subsequent Googling of their liquor-soaked legend and the unfortunate realization that I’d likely never see some of these incredible, earnest songs performed live.
The Replacements reunion tour is well over a year old now and the reviews have been mixed. Different people have different standards, but you could feel the palpable energy swirling at the old tennis court turned concert venue in Forest Hills, Queens.
With openers Deer Tick (who I missed despite getting there right at 7pm) and The Hold Steady in tow, the foursome strode out onto the stage following a little bit of the “Jet Song” kicking off with “Favorite Thing” from that previously mentioned record. I was instantly transported back to my college dorm with my headphones on enjoying those initial moments of adult freedom and inspiration.
The Replacements killed and were every bit as bar stool charming and on point as you could hope for. I took more videos than I’m accustomed to, but I’m happy to share the results for your viewing pleasure below.