September 25, 2014 – 4:56 am

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Forest Hills 2014 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Forest Hills Stadium, Queens, NY; September 19, 2014. Fairly to very good audience recording.

By most accounts, this was a solid, raucous performance.

Thanks to joeZ04 for recording and sharing the tracks at Dime.

Charles Aaron,

Sooooooo, here’s an unromanticized view of the show Friday night, from someone who saw the band quite a few times before they broke up in the mid-1980s. And for me, someone who has claimed repeatedly that his favorite Replacement was now-deceased founding guitarist Bob Stinson (because I’ve always been perched atop the Grumpy Self-Destructo Button like that), these were the two most Replacements-like moments in the show by a band billed as “the Replacements,” which featuring Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson, plus two competent sidemen (guitarist Dave Minehan and drummer Josh Freese), performing Replacements songs Queens’ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, 20-plus years after the band broke up:

1) The speedy cover of Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene” that flew out of “Love You Till Friday” and energized Westerberg like no other song all night and had a convulsive tightness almost by accident and then totally fell apart as Westerberg wandered around in his red high-water clown pants and ill-fitting bowling shirt advertising some lumber yard and stirruped baseball socks (Paul, gawd, really?), totally adrift yet apparently unphased, and then finally found the mike, croaked, “Fuck it,” and snapped right back into the let’s-motor chorus. Fucking alchemy, ya know?

2) During “Left of the Dial,” the ’80s-era summing-up-of-our-way-of-life-as-Replacements-fans anthem that has the specificity and off-the-cuffness that only the unconsciously blessed artists can produce, Westerberg couldn’t begin to puff himself up to the challenge and sang the same verse twice and generally looked overwhelmed and just happy to be upright onstage. It was exactly the 50-something version of how he used to smirk his way through radio-gold ’70s throwaways like “Hitchin’ a Ride.” And oh yeah, the band’s cover of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” has improved, though it’s still a drunk-punk shitshow.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro/West Side Story 2:31 (4.2MB)
Track 102. Favorite Thing 2:26 (4.1MB)
Track 103. Takin’ A Ride 2:33 (4.3MB)
Track 104. I’m In Trouble 2:33 (4.3MB)
Track 105. Don’t Ask Why 2:07 (3.6MB)
Track 106. I’ll Be You 3:45 (6.3MB)
Track 107. Valentine 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 108. Waitress In The Sky 2:18 (3.9MB)
Track 109. Tommy Talks 0:52 (1.5MB)
Track 110. Tommy Got His Tonsils Out/3rd Stone From The Sun 2:28 (4.1MB)
Track 111. Take Me Down To The Hospital 4:01 (6.8MB)
Track 112. I Want You Back 1:24 (2.3MB)
Track 113. Color Me Impressed 2:27 (4.1MB)
Track 114. Tommy talks some more 1:20 (2.2MB)
Track 115. Nowhere Is My Home 3:29 (5.9MB)
Track 116. If Only You Were Lonely 3:13 (5.4MB)
Track 117. Achin’ To Be 3:30 (5.9MB)
Track 118. Kiss Me On The Bus 3:31 (5.9MB)
49 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Androgynous 3:19 (5.6MB)
Track 202. I Will Dare 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 203. Love You Till Friday/Maybelene 4:48 (8.1MB)
Track 204. Merry Go Round 3:44 (6.3MB)
Track 205. All Shook Down 1:47 (3.0MB)
Track 206. Tommy yet again 0:30 (844k)
Track 207. Swingin’ Party 3:42 (6.2MB)
Track 208. Love You In The Fall 3:04 (5.2MB)
Track 209. Can’t Hardly Wait 3:08 (5.3MB)
Track 210. Bastards of Young 3:54 (6.6MB)
Track 211. Jet Song White and Lazy 2:33 (4.3MB)
Track 212. Left of The Dial 3:30 (5.9MB)
Track 213. Alex Chilton 4:21 (7.3MB)
Track 214. Unsatisfied 4:28 (7.5MB)
47 mins

Paul Westerberg - guitar, vocals
Tommy Stinson - bass
Josh Freese - drums
Dave Minehan - guitar

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  1. 4 Responses to “THE REPLACEMENTS - FOREST HILLS 2014”


    By golgo hakase on Sep 25, 2014

  3. I heard them live in the States in 1988. It was not really a dry concert. A kind of palm drunken night…

    These 2014 St.Paul and Queens sessions are perfect. Thank You for sharing them.

    Long live The Replacements !

    By sombrero on Sep 26, 2014

  4. I was at the show and it was a lot better than the Rolling Stone writer made it out to be. I saw the ‘Mats as far back as 1985 and, while this show didn’t reach the heights of Maxwell’s in Hoboken in ‘86, it was a lot better than their last few go-rounds in 1990-91. Josh Freese is an amazing drummer too.

    By Ken F on Sep 26, 2014

  5. I was actually there and it was loads of fun. I saw them in the mid 80’s, the last tour and Paul solo shows. This was a real great show, many highlights. Thank you for sharing it.

    By Michael S. on Sep 27, 2014

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