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Continued: Minneapolis rock legends Replacements finally do reunion gig in Toronto

“The ’Mats are back!” Florenzano declared at the end of the band’s 75-minute set. Added Brambilla, “The music for me became real, no longer a myth.”

Where the story goes from here remains to be seen — which only seemed to add to the elation of fans there for the moment.

“It would be very Replacements-like of them to only play these few shows and call it quits again,” said Dustin Smith, 34, who flew from Los Angeles so he wouldn’t miss a chance to see one of his favorite bands.

Sonia Grover, talent booker of Minneapolis’ First Avenue nightclub — who perhaps wants the band to perform at home more than anyone else — wants them even more now.

“I’ve only seen them once before,” Grover said afterward, “but can’t imagine they ever sounded better than they did tonight.”

See the set list at

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