Chicago Theatre Review
The Replacements to play Riviera April 29 and 30
SEMINAL ROCK BAND THE REPLACEMENTS IS “BACK BY UNPOPULAR DEMAND”
SET TO EMBARK ON ITS FIRST FULL U.S. TOUR SINCE 1991
The Replacements walked away from each other in Chicago’s Grant Park on July 4, 1991, seemingly never to return to the stage together again. That all changed in late 2013 when singer, guitarist and principal songwriter Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson enthusiastically reunited (with drummer Josh Freese and guitarist David Minehan in tow) for nearly 100,000 fans over three Riot Fests in Toronto, Chicago and Denver.
The reunion received rave reviews from fans and press alike, and the guys actually enjoyed themselves. Thus, the band continued its victory lap into 2014 by playing headline slots at festivals such as Coachella, Shaky Knees, Forecastle and Bumbershoot. Despite being banned for life from Saturday Night Live in 1986, the band partook in a well-received and unexpected return to 30 Rock when Jimmy Fallon invited them to The Tonight Show. The stage was then set for a big homecoming show at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, MN on September 13, which sold out of all 14,000 tickets in less than 15 minutes. The following week they played for 12,000 rowdy New Yorkers at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, and the next logical step is now being taken. The step on to a tour bus … for the “BACK BY UNPOPULAR DEMAND” TOUR 2015.
That’s right, The ‘Mats are eschewing festival stages for the more intimate vibes of clubs and theaters throughout the United States. The only sure thing you can expect at the following shows is that the band will show up, plug in and turn it up.
Following the U.S. dates, the band hops over the Atlantic to headline Spain’s Primavera Sound festival, as well as club dates in London and Amsterdam.
THE REPLACEMENTS “BACK BY UNPOPULAR DEMAND” TOUR 2015
April 29 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre
April 30 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre