From one festival to another – Lollapalooza to RIOT FEST

So, Lolla was pretty great. I was a bonehead & skipped Saturday, not knowing that it was the 2nd to last Postal Service gig ever. Also kind of bummed that I didn’t see The National (yes, that’s the right link), as I had my twitter friend & concert producer @bpezzelle message me that “You missed something special… Just sayin”. Ultra bummer. Still holding out hope of seeing them at Red Rocks on Tuesday, which also happens to be my Dad’s birthday. We’ll see.

But anyway…RIOT FEST. I don’t know why I can’t write that without all-caps. Probably because THE REPLACEMENTS ARE PLAYING. For the 3rd time in the past 22 years.

Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash

I haven’t written about the Replacements yet because…well, I was going to get to them. If you’re a music writer (as I fancy myself one), you don’t just gloss over your favorite rock band of all time. You get in the right mood, you set the stage, you listen to their records, you have a couple of false starts. You find the right words. You write 9000 of them. (Well, Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus did, anyway.)

But I’ve been busy being awesome at my job and then BANG! they got the jump on me and reunited for Riot Fest, a 3-location festival show of a lot of old punk bands (Iggy & The Stooges, FLAG, Bad Religion), new punk bands (Blink-182, AFI), indie bands (Guided By Voices, Superchunk, Yo La Tengo), Public Enemy (!!), new bands (Stars, Best Coast), and assorted other bands.

The Replacements’ first show in 22 years was at the Toronto Riot Fest in late August. I have not read even one review of that show. I just wanted to know if they were good, and was reassured that yes, they were very good. They play in Chicago this weekend, and will be in Denver next weekend. I will be there, with my kids. My kids want to see Blink, and I see it as a way for them to see a lot of legendary bands that they might not otherwise. And I’ve never seen Public Enemy, or, actually, most of those bands mentioned. From the entire Denver lineup, I’ve only seen The Replacements, Blink, and Yo La. Well, and Bop Skizzum, local funkateers. I’ve never seen Rocket From the Crypt, despite living in San Diego during their prime. WTH?

So, I will write about The Replacements. I will have time soon. I will do them (and myself) justice. But this is not that time.

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