LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Musician Paul Westerberg performs before the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Open Season' at the Greek Theatre on September 25, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
To put the 22 year gap between shows in perspective, The Replacements last played live two months before Nirvana had released Nevermind.
The influential Minneapolis band, led by Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, broke up in 1991 but surfaced sporadically over the past few years to paste new songs on a retrospective in 2006 or record a covers EP for an ailing former member. But over the weekend in Toronto, Westerberg and Stinson recruited guitarist Dave Minahan and all-star punk rock drummer Josh Freese to round out the lineup and play the band's first gig since 1991 at Riot Fest. There were some forgotten lyrics but otherwise it was the raw, loose glory you'd hope for from a Replacements' set. Stereogum says the audio from the show (below) came from someone in the crowd.
While much of America numbed its brain on the MTV Video Music Awards' Robin Thicke/Miley Cyrus debacle, ROCK happened.
Earlier this week, one family's Monday night dinner ended in a bizzare manner. Shortly after having a steak purchased at a local Walmart, 24-year-old Ronnie Morales felt ill, according to multiple reports.