by Tony Shea on August 26, 2013


While Miley Cyrus was twerking at the VMA’s yesterday, the truly great, and greatly under appreciated, Replacements were playing their first show in 22 years yesterday at the Riot Fest in Toronto. On stage, original members Paul Westerberg, he of the immaculate rasp, and bassist Tommy Stinson were joined by Josh Freese on drums and Dave Minehan on guitar. Alas, the other two original members of the Replacements were unavailable. Original drummer Chris Mars long ago gave up music to focus on a career as a painter. And of course, original guitarist Bob Stinson left our world back in 1995 after years of heavy alcoholism and dug abuse. Here’s a clip from the show yesterday playing their song “Bastards of the Young.”

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Tony Shea is based in New York, having recently moved from Los Angeles after more than a decade on the sunny coast. His short films have won numerous awards and screened at major festivals around the world including Comic-Con. As a musician, he is the lead singer for Los Angeles rock n’ roll band Candygram For Mongo (C4M) who has been a featured artist on Clear Channel Radio’s Discover New Music Program and whose songs have been heard on Battlestar Gallactica (Syfy Channel) and Unhitched (Fox) among other shows and films.

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