The Replacements just announced a warm-up gig next week before their long-awaited Midway Stadium concert, but it’s not happening here in town – it’ll be in the same New York building where the original Replacements made one of their most legendary TV appearances.
Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson and their remade band will hit the set of "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday night (airing on NBC at 10:35 p.m. local time). Keith Richards, who once booked the ‘Mats to play his birthday party in the ‘80s, happens to be one of the guests slated to chat with Fallon that night.
The band announced their pending TV engagement in typical coy fashion via a YouTube video titled “The Replacements Return to 30 Rock?!” It features footage of the original Replacements' notorious 1986 appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” taped in New York’s 30 Rockefeller Center just like Fallon’s “Tonight Show.” The band was purportedly banned from the "SNL" set for drunkenness (and sloppiness), and they famously returned to play "Kiss Me On the Bus" at show's end wearing each other's mismatched outfits from the previous performance ("Bastards of Young").
The original 'Mats never played "The Tonight Show" during its L.A. years, but frontman Westerberg did so at least a couple times, including a 2002 solo performance of "Let the Bad Times Roll."