Friday, September 06, 2013

Replacements- Riot Fest, Toronto, August 25, 2013

I know it's old news and you've probably already read the reviews, seen the videos and heard the recordings from the Replacements "reunion" show at Riot Fest a few weeks back, but I thought I would give an opportunity for those that missed out to still listen to this amazing concert. As far as I know, there are three live audience recordings circulating (yup, I downloaded all three), two that were posted on Dime in lossless and all three at the Replacements Live Archive Project on Facebook in mp3 and on the blog version.

On the weekend of August 24-25, I was on the West Coast attending a family reunion while across the country in Toronto, Tommy Stinson and Paul Westerberg reunited on stage together (along with Dave Minehan and Josh Freese) for a smoking set of Replacements classics. While many refuse to acknowledge this to be a real Replacements reunion without half the original band, it was a treat to hear Paul Westerberg perform a full set of Replacements songs instead of a small sampling during his solo shows. I'm such a huge fan of Westerberg and Stinson I would see them with or without each other, but to hear the Mats songs, especially the early material is a bonus. Wish I could attend Chicago next week or Denver later in the month, but I'm holding out hope they play a Minneapolis concert in the near future, I guarantee I'll be there!

3 versions at the Live Archive Project (mp3) (links within)
  1. Mechanical Forest Sound (MFS) source (also check out MFS's great blog!)
  2. Scudder source
  3. NAC source
Since sound quality is subjective, especially for audience recordings I can't tell you which one to download. They all have their charms and highs and lows.

Versions 1 and 2 were also posted on Dime in FLAC format. If you don't have an account and would prefer to download the lossless version, I've posted the MFS sourced show below.

The Replacements
Riot Fest - Day 2
Garrison Common
Toronto, ON Canada

00. [crowd + banter]
01. Takin' a Ride
02. I'm in Trouble
03. Favourite Thing
04. Hangin' Downtown
05. Color Me Impressed
06. Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out > Third Stone From The Sun [Jimi Hendrix cover]
07. Kiss Me on the Bus
08. Androgynous
09. Achin' to Be
10. I Will Dare
11. Love You Till Friday > Maybellene [Chuck Berry cover]
12. Merry-Go-Round
13. Wake Up
14. Borstal Breakout [Sham 69 cover]
15. Little Mascara >
16. Left of the Dial
17. Alex Chilton
18. Swingin' Party
19. Can't Hardly Wait
20. Bastards of Young
21. [encore break]
22. Everything's Coming Up Roses [Bette Midler cover]
23. I.O.U.
24. [crowd]

set time = 1:16:10

REPLACEMENTS- 2013-08-25, Toronto FLAC. rar

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