But I have a predicament.
I'm getting Replacements shows mixed up in my mind.
It's a good thing I kept so many stubs. Without a Facebook record or digital pictures, I feel like some of these shows would completely vanish from my skull.
I saw The Replacements three times in the course of a couple of years. Twenty-one years ago.
I really don't know which memories apply to which shows. In particular, two of them are intertwined: a show in July 1991, and this show from February. I'm not sure how to handle this, except to tell you what I think happened.
But to understand my main Replacements story, you need to understand my Replacements history.
They were sloppy drunk on stage and in the studio. Sometimes they wouldn't even finish a show. The audience would boo them off the stage. I once had a bootleg LP of a show they tried to perform in New York. It was a complete disaster, and I wish someone hadn't stolen that from me so I could share some clips.
They were known as unreliable and uninterested in fame. And they would have gotten away with it, too if it wasn't for Paul Westerberg's lyrics. They were clever, sad, touching and funny.
It was their first major-label album, but I wasn't really aware of that kind of a transition, I just knew I liked 'em. I borrowed and recorded cassette tapes to build my library. (I eventually ended up paying for it all, some of twice, ok? They got their money out of me. Eventually.)
To this day, I still love crunchy guitars and clever vocals sung with passion. I have no doubt that The Replacements are the main reason for that pocket of my musical tastes.
Looking at the seat location of each, I definitely remember being bummed out in the Mezzanine of the July show instead of the Main Floor of this one.
I have only vague memories of the songs played. I think there may have been an acoustic version of "Here Comes A Regular" for which the audience had to supply some of the lyrics.
Or maybe I heard a recorded version of that. Memories are weird.
This show was fun, but fairly uneventful, so now I feel like I misled you at the beginning of this post. Sorry about that.
But fret not! I have two more shows in February to share. Recaps of those shows will reveal more about my personality than I'd like. And in July, when I get to the other 1991 Replacements show, you'll get to know my loser side even better.
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