Reunions, TV, Video — September 5, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Decades after ‘SNL’ ban, The Replacements returning to 30 Rock to play ‘Tonight Show’

The Replacements

More than 28 years after being banned from “Saturday Night Live” — reportedly over a drunken and profane performance — The Replacements will return to NBC’s famed 30 Rockefeller Center next week to perform as musical guests on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”

The reunited band teased the appearance tonight with a 30-second YouTube video (see below) that includes footage of that infamous Jan. 18, 1986, performance on “SNL” and ends with the date Sept. 9 shown over Fallon’s set and voiceover. The “Tonight Show” website doesn’t yet list the ‘Mats, but among Tuesday night’s guests is none other than Keith Richards. Perhaps he’ll sit in?

Check out the band’s “Tonight Show” teaser — and watch those notorious “SNL” performances — below:


The Replacements’ “Tonight Show” teaser:


The Replacements, “Bastards of Young” — “Saturday Night Live” 1/18/86


The Replacements, “On the Bus” — “Saturday Night Live” 1/18/86






  1. Scott Stalcup

    Being fair, Westy played SNL in 1993 when Heston hosted and this is basically the same line-up as then, plus Tommy.

    Sure hope they don’t let Fallon do anything related to the band outside of introduce them. They don’t need any help cocking up their performances.

    Does Fallon even know who The Replacements are?

  2. It’s Paul and Tommy. Bob died in the 90’s and the drummer doesn’t want to do it. They have good guests sit in. One show, Billy Joe from Greenday played and sang with them while Paul went and laid on a couch.

  3. Cliff Hendroval

    Not getting what they did to get banned, unless they were really obnoxious backstage.

    • Scott Stalcup

      Paul mouthed “motherfucker” off-mic, along with them being, well, The ‘Mats. That’s what did it.

    • Let’s not forget the fact that this was done in early 1986 – when the likes of Lionel Ritchie and Dionne Warwick were the preferred music of the masses. For then, this was shocking, rowdy, and obnoxious. Drunk, sloppy, cursing…all the things you don’t do on live TV.

  4. So we’re going to continue to call this band the Replacements?

  5. @DS23 I’m still struggling with the Church without MWP, New Order without Hook, and anything Love and Rockets members are doing solo.

    • Scott Stalcup

      When they called time, Paul and Tommy were playing with Slim Dunlap and Steve Foley in Bob’s and Chris’ respective places. Was THAT The Replacements? Bob and Steve are gone. Slim isn’t healthy enough. Chris doesn’t want to play anymore. This is as close as we’re going to get and in this instance, fifty percent isn’t “Failing.”

      Most nights, the band only gave it fifty percent as it was . . . . Taking the piss there, only slightly.

      Paul and Tommy together with whoever on guitar and drums with them are better than they were apart. Tommy was playing with Axl “Botoxed Freakshow” Rose! Hair metal was the enemy back then. It still is.

    • If only the members of L&R would just get back to what they do best instead of fighting it and doing anything other than that (working together as L&R). They have real talent.

  6. Paul Westerberg is such an asshole. The Replacements were a good band, not a great one and they just had so much contempt for everything and everyone.

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