The Replacements revisit 30 Rock after a 28-year ban

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Minnesota punk-rock legends, The Replacements, haven’t been in the limelight of any NBC program for nearly three decades. This all came in part to a rowdy, booze-fueled Saturday Night Live performance in 1986 that resulted in forgotten or mumbled lyrics, heavy (off microphone) swearing and over $1,000 in damages. At one point, SNL showrunner, Lorne Michaels, even made them sign a $20,000 agreement to stop swearing on national television. Ultimately, it was a messy romp that left a sour taste in a lot of NBC executives; and is a blurred account which is somewhat recollected by guitarist Bob Stinson in the book The Replacements: All Over But The Shouting: An Oral History:

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To announce their return, the band also released a tube TV-addled teaser via their Youtube account. It opens with snippets from their ’86 performance – all being a sound summarization of the aforementioned night’s blunders.

Come Tuesday, the band arrived at the stages of 30 Rockefeller Center for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Fallon enunciated their return at the episode’s beginning with a joke that they’d be covering Smash Mouth’s “All Star,” although, later on, The Replacements performed “Alex Chilton” off their Please to Meet Me album. To see their live performance, watch below:

On Saturday, The Replacements will return to their home state for a welcome 23-year awaited return. The Pioneer Press reports they will also be accompanied by fellow hometown favorite The Hold Steady and Lucero for a sold-out show. Tickets originally ran for $50 dollars, but now are fetching $189 or more for any late-comers.


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