Anniversary, Concerts, Film — November 19, 2009 at 7:14 am

The Replacements’ ‘Let It Be’ subject of 25th anniversary concert in Minneapolis

The Replacements

The Replacements’ utterly peerless 1984 album Let It Be will be the subject of a 25th anniversary bash at Minneapolis’ famed First Avenue next week in conjunction with the paperback release of Jim Walsh’s oral history “The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting.”

The Nov. 27 concert — dubbed, fittingly, “A Tribute to the Replacements: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Let It Be — also comes as work progresses on “Color Me Obsessed,” a film described as “a crazed and crazy look at the only band that ever mattered.”

The tribute concert will feature performances by a variety of Twin Cities musicians, including singer-songwriters Jeremy Messersmith and Martin Devaney, in addition to a collaboration between electro duo Lookbook and thrashers Brutal Becomings.

Plus, the “Let It Be House Band,” featuring members of the Honeydogs, The Melismatics and Heiruspecs is rumored to be playing the entire classic album, which Paul Westerberg and Co. released on Oct. 2, 1984, on Twin/Tone Records.

As for the film, director Gorman Bechard currently is raising money to finish work on the project, which he proclaims is:

“…the potentially true story of the most influential, always drunk, self-destructive and yet frustratingly brilliant rock band of all time told through the eyes of their fans, followers and fellow musicians. Love, hate, obsession, tears, vomit… it might not be the prettiest story every told, but it certainly rocks.”

So far, the filmmakers have raised more than $1,600 from about 50 different fans; those interested can donate here.

See full lineup for the ‘Let It Be’ anniversary concert after the jump…

The Replacements, 'Let It Be'

“A Tribute to the Replacements: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Let It Be”
Nov. 27: First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minn.

In the Mainroom:
The Let It Be House Band, featuring Ryan Smith (The Melismatics), Terry Eason, Pony-Hixon Smith (The Melismatics), Peter Leggett (Heiruspecs, Big Trouble), dVRG (Heiruspecs) and Jake Hyer with vocals by Adam Levy (The Honeydogs), Curtiss A, Jason Miller (The Evening Rig), Sarah Nienaber (Gospel Gossip) and special guests.

Lookbook with Brutal Becomings
Story of The Sea with David Campbell
The Idle Hands
Gospel Gossip
High On Stress

In the Entry:
Jeremy Messersmith
Jennifer Markey
Martin Devaney
Ashleigh Still
The Bottom Forty
The Tisdales
Patches and Gretchen
The Hard Left
Erik Koskinen & Molly Maher & Her Disbelievers
Brianna Lane
Sons of Gloria
Eliza Blue
St Dominic’s Trio
John Swardson


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