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The legendary Minneapolis rock band the Replacements returned to nationwide television Tuesday night with a rousing performance on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."
Their appearance on "The Tonight Show" marks the band's return to NBC's studios in 30 Rockefeller Center after being banned from the network following a drunken performance on "Saturday Night Live" in 1986. But apparently time healed those wounds.
The Current has some great backstage photos from Tuesday night. Bassist Tommy Stinson and frontman Paul Westerberg are shown in this photo from the band's Facebook page, warming up backstage before the show.
The band shared the stage with an even bigger music legend, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Host Fallon spent some extra time chatting with Richards, so the Replacements' performance at the end of the program was cut short. Fallon introduced them as a "massively beloved and influential rock band in the midst of their first tour since 1991."
Mary Lucia of The Current was in New York for the taping, and she tells about the experience on the Current's blog.
"They played ‘Alex Chilton,’ and Paul [Westerberg] changed a little bit of the lyrics and stuff, like ‘I could die in NYC.’ And because Keith went kind of long, it kind of eked into the Replacements’ second song. So what happened is the ended up telling us they were going to use footage from the dress rehearsal to put online, but we were all pretty bummed because we were all expecting two songs. But what are you going to do, yell at Keith Richards?”
The 'Mats, as they are affectionately known, formed in the 1980s with members Westerberg, Stinson, Bob Stinson and Chris Mars. They released seven albums in the '80s, but disbanded in 1991. Two years ago, Westerberg and Stinson began performing as the Replacements again.
The appearance was a warmup of sorts for the band's sold-out show at doomed Midway Stadium in St. Paul on Saturday, which will mark the first time the reunited band has played a Minnesota gig.
The Current also has a trivia quiz to test your knowledge of 'Mats history.
Replacements fans took to social media with their reactions to Tuesday's show.