Paul and Tommy

Photo via Ben Clark

Color us impressed: A little after 8:45 p.m. EDT tonight, the long-sought, little-believed reunion of The Replacements — in this case, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, plus former Westerberg sidemen Josh Freese and David Minehan — took the stage at Riot Fest in Toronto, delivering a 23-song, career-spanning in the band’s first performance in 22 years.

The ‘Mats opened with “Takin’ a Ride,” the first track off their debut album Sorry, Ma Forgot to Take Out the Trash — a record released 32 years ago to the day.  Westerberg, clad in a plaid sports coat, told the crowd: “Sorry it’s taken us so long. For 25 years we’ve been having a wardrobe debate.”

Right now, the three Riot Fests headlining sets — the band also plays Sept. 15 in Chicago and Sept. 21 outside of Denver — are the only officially announced performances by the new 2013 edition of the ‘Mats, although it’s hard to believe that’s all we’ll see of Paul and Tommy together.

Below, see the full setlist, plus performance video, photos and more — including a Spotify playlist that recreates the full set, minutes the Chuck Berry and Sham 69 covers.

UPDATE: You can also now stream audio of the entire 75-minute ‘Mats performance.

 

Setlist: The Replacements, Riot Fest, Toronto, ON, Canada (via @ChrisRstrib)

1. “Takin’ a Ride”
2. “I’m in Trouble”
3. “Favorite Thing”
4. “Hanging Downtown”
5. “Color Me Impressed”
6. “Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out”
7. “Kiss Me On the Bus”
8. “Androgynous”
9. “Achin’ to Be”
10. “I Will Dare”
11. “Love You ‘Til Friday”
12. “Maybellene” (Chuck Berry cover)
13. “Merry Go Round”
14. “Wake Up”
15. “Borstal Breakout” (Sham 69 cover)
16. “Little Mascara”
17. “Left of the Dial”
18. “Alex Chilton”
19. “Swingin’ Party” (“Special request from our friend Slim back home”)
20. “Can’t Hardly Wait”
21. “Bastards of Young”

22. “Everything is Coming Up Roses” (From ‘Songs For Slim’ EP)
23. “IOU”

 

Spotify playlist: The Replacements’ Riot Fest setlist

 

The Replacements, “Takin’ a Ride” — Riot Fest Toronto, 8/25/13

 

The Replacements, “Favorite Thing” — Riot Fest Toronto, 8/25/13

 

The Replacements, “Color Me Impressed” — Riot Fest Toronto, 8/25/13

 

The Replacements, “Androgynous” — Riot Fest Toronto, 8/25/13

 

The Replacements, “Merry Go Round” — Riot Fest Toronto, 8/25/13

 

The Replacements, “Left of the Dial” — Riot Fest Toronto, 8/25/13

 

The Replacements, “Alex Chilton” — Riot Fest Toronto, 8/25/13

 

The Replacements, “Bastards of Young” — Riot Fest Toronto, 8/25/13

 

 

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