The Fourth of July isn’t just the anniversary of this nation’s birth, it’s also the day now recognized as marking the break-up of perhaps the greatest of all the ’80s college-rock acts: The Replacements, who performed their final concert exactly 20 years ago today in Chicago’s Grant Park.
To honor the occasion, we present, below, a full stream of the Mats’ 19-song performance on July 4, 1991, as broadcast at the time by Chicago’s WXRT and bootlegged as Institutionalized. Sure, it’s not the band it its prime — the set is heavy on All Shook Down, plus Bob Stinson was long gone, and, by then, Chris Mars had been replaced by Steve Foley — but it’s a great-sounding show, and certainly a historic one.
Stream the Replacements’ final concert after the jump…
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