Look for the full report from the Toronto Riot Fest for tomorrow’s paper at startribune.com/music. An in-depth, more critically assessed review of the Replacements' set will be posted in the morning and in Tuesday’s paper once I gather my thoughts and clear my lungs from all the dry dust kicked up by moshers during Iggy & the Stooges’ set (a little moshing kicked up during the –‘Mats, too, most significantly in “Takin’ a Ride” and “Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out”)
There’s a pretty thorough play-by play via my Twitter account, too. Although Paul Westerberg forgot the lyrics in two of the songs (“Androgynous” and “I Will Dare” – yeah, what gives on the latter?!), this tweet from early in the show still holds up afterward: “5 songs in, I think I can safely declare that those of you who poo-poohed this can eat crow. Absolutely thrilling.”
Here’s the set list:
Takin’ a Ride / I’m in Trouble / Favorite Thing / Hanging Downtown / Color Me Impressed / Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out / Kiss Me on the Bus / Androgynous / Achin’ to Be / I Will Dare / Love You Till Friday / Merry Go Round / Wake Up / Borstal Breakout (Sham 69 cover) / Little Mascara / Left of the Dial / Alex Chilton / Swingin’ Party / Can’t Hardly Wait / Bastards of Young ENCORE: Everything’s Coming Up Roses / I.O.U.