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Live: The Replacements @ Roundhouse

Live: The Replacements @ Roundhouse

The Replacements took to the stage at London’s Roundhouse for the first of two reunion shows – their first UK performances in more than two decades.

The Replacements at The Roundhouse in London on 2 June 2015. (Imelda Michalczyk)

The Replacements at The Roundhouse in London on 2 June 2015. (Imelda Michalczyk)

The band were in fine form, kicking things off with the Ramones-inspired surf-rocker Takin’ A Ride then segueing into such classics as Waitress In The Sky, Kiss Me On The Bus (substituting ‘bus’ for ‘tube’ in true London reverence) and Color Me Impressed.

The Replacements at The Roundhouse in London on 2 June 2015. (Imelda Michalczyk)

The Replacements at The Roundhouse in London on 2 June 2015. (Imelda Michalczyk)

Featuring original members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, and including new members Dave Minahan (guitar) and Josh Freese (drums), the band managed to rock without sounding too polished and maintained a sense of fun and chaos. They were only a few songs into the set when Westerberg asked for the audience to decide what they should play. “Requests, any requests?”, he pleaded. Amid a deluge of excitedly yelled suggestions he then coolly stated: “I’m going to wait til I hear something written on the list”.

The Replacements at The Roundhouse in London on 2 June 2015. (Imelda Michalczyk)

The Replacements at The Roundhouse in London on 2 June 2015. (Imelda Michalczyk)

The audience were happy with the delivery of long familiar tracks including the touchingly ballad-like Androgynous, the Hank Williams cover Lost Highway and the sweet-sounding but hollow-hearted Talent Show.  Cover versions of great blues and rock ‘n’ roll classics were placed neatly in the set before the Mats wound it up a notch again and  really let loose on Alex Chilton and the wonderful encore including I.O.U. and Another Girl Another Planet.

The Replacements at The Roundhouse in London on 2 June 2015. (Imelda Michalczyk)

The Replacements at The Roundhouse in London on 2 June 2015. (Imelda Michalczyk)

Amid subsequent rumours that the band are pulling the plug on any further reunion shows after this tour, tonight’s audience can count themselves lucky to have seen a curious and notorious live act – still delivering and not feeling like replacements for anything.

Photography and Review by Imelda Michalczyk. Imelda is also known as Rebeladelica and has her own great website here: www.rebeladelica.com

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Imelda

I'm a photographer and writer with a passion for live music. I've been dancing wildly at gigs for as long as I can remember and since the beginning of 2008 I've been taking photographs and writing about gigs, too. My photographs have been featured in a diverse range of places – I started out shooting for punk fanzines and local newspapers and then had my work featured in CD/promotional artwork for bands and in music magazines and national newspapers. I also shoot for top London music agency Retna/Photoshot. Outside of music photography/writing, I'm learning to perform tribal fusion belly dance and to speak French. Not usually at the same time. I'm also still looking for the meaning of life (but I hear that's a slow burn). I've lived in London for quite a few years, mainly because of the wonderful range of live music here and because there are lots of artists I still wish to see through my camera lens...

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