As was more or less promised after last year's blissful blowout on the 25th anniversary of "Tim," First Avenue is planning yet another Replacements tribute the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25 (Friday). This one promises to be extra messy and fun: It will mark the 30th anniversary of the band's debut album, "Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash."
Thus, guitar tuners will probably be in short supply and throat lozenges in high demand when the house band with Terry Eason and members of the Melismatics and Heiruspecs play the record in its entirety with different guest singers (TBA). The show will also feature the usual individual sets with groups playing songs from throughout the 'Mats canon. The 4onthefloor, Red Pens, BNLX, Night Moves, Black Church Services and Story of the Sea with its Current 89.3-sponsored guests David Campbell and Jim "Yes, I Own Plaid Pants" McGuinn.
I just happen to run into 4onthefloor frontman Gabe Douglas this afternoon, who was excited about the show despite the fact that Red Pens already claimed two of the songs his band wanted to do. They're still weighing their options, he said, but rightfully admitted, " 'Hootenanny' is a pretty obvious choice for 4onthefloor." This will be the third annual 'Mats marathon at the club, following the "Let It Be" tribute in 2009. As always, nobody actually with the band is expected to show up (Tommy Stinson will be in town just two weeks earlier with Guns 'N Roses at Target Center). Who needs 'em?
First Ave also now has tickets on sale for its other usual gig that week, the Ike Reilly Assassination's Thanksgiving Eve show on Nov. 23.