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Review: The Replacements are older, cleaner, still fun

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REVIEW WRITTEN BY TONY HICKS
thicks@bayareanewsgroup.com

A funny thing happened at the Replacements show Monday (April 13)  night at The Masonic in San Francisco.

Or, rather, some funny things didn’t happen:

No one collapsed in a drunken heap on stage.

No one broke any instruments.

No one played badly.

No one went on late.

No one wore weird clothes, or told anyone else what to go do with themselves.

Yes, despite the absence of things that have been the hallmarks of a great Replacements show, Monday was still a great Replacements show.

Does this mean the seminal 1980s alt-rock band is — shudder — going gracefully into middle age? This is still, after all, a band that seemed to live by the credo that while a good performance is fine, a bad one is even better.

The mystery of how a band makes such catchy, driving, sometimes wonderful post-punk music while being so self-destructive has been a badge of honor for both the musicians and their fans. The mystery didn’t fade even as fans waited more than two decades for the Replacements to reunite for a real tour, which started earlier this year after a couple years of sporadic appearances at various festivals and other one-offs. The Replacements will be in Philadelphia on May 9 for a concert at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing.

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"The Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson performs with his band at The Masonic on Monday, April 13, 2015 in San Francisco, Calif.   (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)"

“The Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson performs with his band at The Masonic on Monday, April 13, 2015 in San Francisco, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)”

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