Chicago Riot Fest Day 3: Replacements, Pixies, Brand New
Melissa Fossum The Replacements
Chicago Riot Fest, Day Three
Sunday, September 15, 2013 (View the full slideshow.)
The third and final day of Riot Fest was all about The Replacements, rain, and reunions. The 'Mats performed their second show after a 22-year break up Sunday, and it was everything a fan could have hoped for. Original members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson paired up for a solid 25-song set that represented the band's work well.
Opening with "Takin' A Ride," the crowd responded well, but not in the Blink-182 or Fall Out Boy sense. Fans had a good time and danced, but it wasn't dangerous like the aforementioned headliners. "Color Me Impressed" and "I Will Dare" showed up fairly early, but The Replacements' most beloved material was reserved for the end. The band played a block of songs before its encore that included "Alex Chilton," "Kiss Me On the Bus," and "Left of the Dial," masterfully wrapping up with "Bastards of Young" as the rain came down again.
Fortunately for those of you who didn't go to Riot Fest, Slicing Up Eyeballs posted an audio stream of the band's Toronto set, and the song selection is almost identical.
The Pixies without Kim Deal doesn't seem like The Pixies at all--the band is fundamentally Frank Black and Kim Deal. The Muffs' Kim Shattuck replaced Deal in July, and in theory, a Frank Black and Kim Shattuck collaboration sounds amazing--say, if they wrote new songs together.
I expected the worst, since Deal has such a distinct voice, but Shattuck held her own surprisingly well. She nailed the haunting woo of "Where is My Mind" and sweetly sang Deal's parts in "Here Comes Your Man." The Pixies set had a few surprises, including covers of songs by The Fall and The Jesus and Mary Chain.