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Feb. 9, 2015
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The Replacements announce a 13-date U.S. tour in April and May, in addition to the previously announced European dates! For tickets and on-sale/pre-sale dates, please check the official Replacements site or their Facebook page.

Thursday, April 09, 2015 • Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
Friday, April 10, 2015 • Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
Monday, April 13, 2015 • Masonic San Francisco, CA
Thursday, April 16, 2015 • Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, April 19, 2015 • The Fillmore Denver, CO
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 • The Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
Thursday, April 30, 2015 • The Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
Saturday, May 02, 2015 • Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
Sunday, May 03, 2015 • The Fillmore Detroit, MI
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 • Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 • LC Pavilion Columbus, OH
Friday, May 08, 2015 • Echostage Washington, DC
Saturday, May 09, 2015 • Festival Pier Philadelphia, PA

European Shows:
Thursday, May 28, 2015 • Primavera Sound Barcelona, Spain
Saturday, May 30, 2015 • Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 • Roundhouse London, United Kingdom
Wenesday, June 03, 2015 • Roundhouse London, United Kingdom

Replacements Tour 2015


Jan. 23, 2015
The first 2015 show was announced this week: The Replacements are playing Primavera Sound in Barcelona on May 28.

Replacements Primavera


Dec. 24, 2014
The Mats posting a 24 minute improvisational jazz piece called "Poke Me In My Cage" on SoundCloud this week, because you don't want to miss that!



This was recorded when they were at Woolly Mammoth Sound in October, per the notes accompanying the song:
For your consideration.
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Sound in Waltham,MA on October 28, 2014
Engineered by David Minehan, assisted by Matt Jones

Written by Paul Westerberg & Tommy Stinson & Josh Freese
©2014 The Replacements. All Rights Reserved.

#Jazz #PorcupinePiss
Nice picture accompanying the song as well. Replacements Possumjazz

This has become an actual news story, to the amusement of Josh Freese and Dave Minehan (probably Paul and Tommy too but we haven't heard from them on it). The Boston Globe reported it since the recording took place in Waltham: New Replacements song leaked online.
No one is quite sure how a new, 24-minute song by the Replacements surfaced online, least of all the band's guitarist Dave Minehan. The track, a bizarre bit of improvisation recorded in October at Minehan's Waltham studio, is being widely shared after it was mysteriously uploaded to Soundcloud. (The song was first posted by the Boston-based music blog Bradley's Almanac.)

"It's funny the secret life these little things can have," Minehan told us Tuesday. "They bubble up and scare everyone to death." Best known as the frontman for the underappreciated Boston band The Neighborhoods, Minehan joined Replacements Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson on the band's reunion tour last fall, including an appearance at the Boston Calling concert in September. On a whim, he said, the band got together for a few days at Woolly Mammoth Sound in Waltham. "It was kind of, like, 'Hey, we're not gonna see each other for a while, let's fire up the amps and see what happens,'" Minehan said. "A lot of really awesome stuff happened. Everything you'd expect."

He characterized the leaked track - a hootenanny, called "Poke Me in My Cage," that includes a little jazz and a little spoken word - as "the runt of the litter." And he cautioned against drawing any conclusions about the band's future plans based on the song. "This is wonderfully confounding and confusing for those who want to read the tea leaves of the Replacements," Minehan said, laughing. "I had no idea it was even out there until I started getting texts from far and wide."

The story was covered by Sterogum (The Replacements - "Poke Me In My Cage") and Rolling Stone (The Replacements Release 24-Minute Jazz Improvisation), among others and Josh Freese found this situation pretty crazy, per his twitter (and we hope you get the OK to tell the story too, Josh).
Replacements Possumjazz


Sept. 28, 2014
The Mats played the Summer Ends Festival in Tempe on Saturday night, sort of. The festival was scheduled for outdoors but the area was hit by a major rain storm and the venue was shut down Saturday afternoon by the city. Kudos to the festival organizers and bands for coming up with a Plan B because what a plan it was! The festival, with a reduced number of bands, was moved indoors to the Marquee Theater at 7pm, which holds around 1,500-1,700 people. The Mats went on last at around 11:30pm, to a crowd estimated to be about 1,000 - their first theater show since 1991. They played for about 80-85 minutes.

Oh and Tommy dressed as a Teletubby (specifically Po). As you do.
Photo from Doug Hauswirth


View the set list here - it includes reunion show premieres of "Little Mascara" and "Another Girl, Another Planet". By all accounts, it was quite a spectacular show:

Summer Ends Music Festival Day 2 - Storm of the Century vs The Replacements - Phoenix NewTimes
"When Descendents concluded, there was small exodus of folks who left the Marquee, and boy, did those folks who bailed early miss out on perhaps the best rock and roll show the Phoenix area has seen in a long time. After a lengthy tuning up period, The Replacements finally took the stage and immediately began an onslaught which brought the joyous crowd to a heightened state of euphoria."

Review: Replacements' first club show in 20-odd years - The Arizona Republic
"In the end, it was everything a Replacements fan had any right to hope for after all that time away, from the playful rapport still very much in evidence between Stinson and Westerberg to the ramshackle charm of the loose but spirited performances -- just sloppy enough to be better than perfect. And the silliness never felt forced, which is not often said for a rock show that features a man in a Teletubbies costume."

Thanks as always to those who take videos at the show and upload it so quickly for the rest of us to enjoy.

"If Only You Were Lonely" & "Achin' to Be"




Paul's mic doesn't work for most of this but the crowd fills in nicely until it does.



Sept. 21, 2014
I doubt I can give Friday night's Forest Hills show the type of description it deserves but I will do my best. Josh Freese posted this on Instagram, which sums it up: "Sorry for posting another obligatory 'concert shot' but last night the Replacements show in New York was extra special and probably my favorite one we've done so far. Felt really good....everything about it."

It was utterly thrilling and at times completely surreal to be in a sea of thousands and thousands of people singing these songs, it felt amazing. I have never experienced that level of intensity -- and yeah I'm gonna say it, "love" -- coming from an audience. The videos of "Bastards of Young" and Alex Chilton", shot from backstage capture it perfectly (video by Tracy Allison, and much appreciated).





Forest Hills is a residential area and that means the venue has an ironclad 10PM curfew, i.e. the plug comes out of the wall at 10PM plus a nanosecond so people in the neighborhood can get some sleep. Efforts were made to deal with this as best as possible and perhaps for the first time in the history of the Mats, they started earlier than their appointed set time so we got as much music as possible.

Their entrance song was simply put, sublime: "Here Come the Jets". At this point, you're either saying "Oh my god, that IS perfect!" or you're saying "The what now??". For those of you in the latter group, watch this. It's from "West Side Story" and in the context of this reunion tour and playing in NYC, it is perfect:

When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way
From your first cigarette To your last dyin' day.
When you're a Jet, If the spit hits the fan,
You got brothers around, You're a family man.
You're never alone, You're never disconnected.
...
Here come the Jets like a bat out of hell.
Someone gets in our way, someone don't feel so well!
Here come the Jets: Little world, step aside!
Better go underground, Better run, better hide!

Watch the Mats come on stage to this song and then kick into "Favorite Thing".

Below you'll find 3 rave reviews from NY papers, the set list (with links to a few more videos) and fantastic pictures from Glenn Cook. Visit the FB site for lots more and stayed tuned as the Mats are playing sets at festivals the next three weekends.

Indie-Rock Antiheroes Get a Stadium Singing Along - The New York Times

The Replacements make triumphant return at Forest Hills Stadium - Newsday
"After all the years of wildly uneven concerts, missed opportunities and self-destructive tendencies, the beloved ‘Mats played like the rock stars they were always meant to be, backed by a devoted crowd that made the band’s alternative-rock anthems sound like rallying cries. "

80s band The Replacements perform for first time in New York area in 23 years - NY Daily News "Before the band took the stage, speakers swelled with the sounds of "When You're A Jet," from "West Side Story." The song expresses the unending loyalty of the outsider, that crazy sense of mission that drives the misunderstood and the marginalized. The music that followed not only fulfilled a dream of the band's longtime loyalists, it far exceeded it."

Set List
Favorite Thing
Takin a Ride
I'm in Trouble
Don't Ask Why
I'll Be You
Valentine
Waitress in the Sky
Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out / Third Stone From the Sun (Hendrix cover)
Take Me Down to the Hospital
I Want You Back (The Jackson 5 cover)
Color Me Impressed
Nowhere Is My Home
If Only You Were Lonely
Achin' To Be
Kiss Me on the Bus
Androgynous
I Will Dare
Love You Till Friday/Maybellene (Chuck Berry cover)
Merry Go Round
All Shook Down (Paul sang this on his knees, dedicated it to Slim Dunlap)
Swingin Party
Love You in the Fall
Can't Hardly Wait
Bastards of Young
White and Lazy
Left of the Dial
Alex Chilton
Unsatisfied

And here are some wonderful photos from Glenn Cook Photography. You can view the entire album here.

Mats fans by the thousands

All Shook Down
Paul doing "All Shook Down", I cropped in on him, see full picture .

replacements forest hills




Sept. 14, 2014
Well, it's all over, including the shouting. The Mats show at Midway Stadium in St. Paul last night was an unqualified success, to the say the least. Everything I have heard or seen about the show has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. After looking at a bunch of review this morning, I think this one by Chris Riemenschneider seems to capture the night the best (i.e. will make you weep that you were not there to see it): Review: Replacements satisfy, at last:

Westerberg sang with unusual tenderness — soft, raspy, sadly beautiful — in the mid-show highlights "If Only You Were Lonely" and "Androgynous." He once again botched the lyrics at the end of "Androgynous," but his smile after hearing the crowd fill in the words suggested he perhaps did so on purpose.

There were two more unusually lovely and emotional turns at show's end, as the band added in two songs yet to be played by the new lineup: "Skyway," which Westerberg played by himself to kick off the first encore, and "Unsatisfied," which they saved for the one-song second encore and turned into the most perfect part of the night.


Oh yeah, you read that right. "Unsatisfied" made the set list. Links below are to the YouTube footage currently available, helpfully more to come. And the concert was filmed so stay tuned, is a DVD in our future (yes, please!).

Favorite Thing / Takin' a Ride / I'm in Trouble / Don't Ask Why / I'll Be You / Valentine / Waitress in Sky / Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out (with Hendrix's Third Stone From the Sun) / Take Me Down to the Hospital / I Want You Back (Jackson Five cover) / Going to New York (Jimmy Reed cover with Tony Glover on harmonica) / Color Me Impressed / Nowhere Is My Home / If Only You Were Lonely / Achin' to Be / Kiss Me on the Bus / Androgynous / I Will Dare / Love You Till Friday (with Chuck Berry's Maybellene) / Merry Go Round / I Won't / White and Lazy (w/ Borstal Breakout) / Swingin' Party / Love You in the Fall / Can't Hardly Wait / Bastards of Young / I Don't Know (with Buck Hill)
ENCORE 1: Skyway / Left of the Dial / Alex Chilton
ENCORE 2: Unsatisfied

There are so many great pictures from last night too, but I think this one below is basically the greatest picture taken since this reunion started last year. The only attribution for the photographer I have is Darin K, and he captured an utterly perfect moment at the end of the show.



More reviews below and each one has a ton of pictures. For even *more* info, and additional videos as they get posted, please go to our Facebook page. A few other things to note: St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman got onstage to declare it "Replacements Day" before the show, which is hilarious and awesome. The St. Paul show posters were on sale, as were t-shirts and baseball shirts with tha timage. No word on if that stuff will be available elsewhere.

Concert review: The Replacements are at home at Midway Stadium - PioneerPress
The Replacements (finally) bring it back home for crowd-pleasing Midway Stadium show - The Current


The band wore matching plaid suits, thanks to Shecky Kim for this shot:



And here's great shot of Tommy and his flashy red socks, by Jeff Wheeler for the Star-Tribune:




Sept. 12, 2014
replacements reunion I encourage you to check out the FB site for the most timely updates - there's a lot going on and FB will always be updated before this site. SO MUCH NEWS!

In the latest Rolling Stone (I think it's the one with Taylor Swift on the cover), there's a story on the Mats: "The Greatest Band That Never Was" and Paul & Tommy are interviewed. I haven't read it yet but a kindly gent scanned a couple of excerpts (it's not online) and I had to share this one, love the last line.

There is an overwhelming amount of content out there around the St Paul show, the Fallon appearnace and the reunion in general. I've included links to my favorite pieces. Lot of love out there for the band.

The Replacements, Perfectly Imperfect, Return to 30 Rock to Play ‘The Tonight Show’ - This piece, written by Amos Barshad, also covers Boston Calling,and is stellar.

• The Star-Trib is all over this:
The Replacements at Midway: Don't ask why - includes a photo gallery
Meet the Replacements past, present and possible
Seven legendary hometown 'Mats shows
Seven legendary hometown 'Mats shows

Raised in the City: The Replacements' Minnesota - A map of Mats sites in Minneapolis. You will want and need a poster of this. By Kevin Cannon and Pat Ganley

Why the Replacements concert is such a big deal - Jim Walsh




Sept. 10, 2014
The Replacements appeared on The Tonight Show on 9/9, an episode that also include Keith Richards as a guest. The mind reels! The band's last appearance on NBC was in 1986, after which they were reportedly banned from SNL because of their drunken antics. You can read all about history of The Mats, NBC and Keith Richards at "Yer doin' great." (a muzak clickclack): "Everything you need to get excited about the Replacements, Keith Richards and 30 Rock." if you missed it, watch below to see what they played.



For more info on what happened at show, check out The Current's blog, where Mary Lucia reports from backstage.

replacements on fallon
Photo from The Replacements
Photo from Jonathan Cohen , talent booker for Fallon.


You can also relive the 1986 SNL perfromances. They did two songs, "Bastards of Young" and "Kiss Me On The Bus". If my memory of Mats lore serves me, Bob is wearing Paul's wife's jump suit...it's a wee bit small on him. Paul was on again in 1993 and Josh Freese and Dave Minehan were playing with him for that appearance, as they did on Fallon.


Sept. 8, 2014

The Mats played Boston Calling last night. They dodged a bullet playing on Sunday because the venue was evacuated Saturday night due to severe thunderstorms and lightneing and a few acts got bumped. Weather was not a factor on Sunday, thankfully. Here's the set list , which kicked off with "Favorite Thing" (!). Time was quite tight, I think this may have been the shortest set to date at just a little over an hour...we wanted MORE.

The first picture below, which is fantastic, was taken by Paul Marotta. PW is seasoning his guitar with a little salt and pepper (as you do).



Here's a bit of "Androgynous", with a sing-a-long from the crowd. "Love each other so, closer than you know...androgynous"



Sept. 1, 2014
The Mats played Bumbershoot last night, with Paul sporting a Batman shirt (and a plaid vest).

The setlist
was pretty, pretty great and included "Love You In the Fall" from the "Open Season" soundtrack and a brief cover of The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" (two short video clips of that here and here ). Billie Joe Armstrong didn't join in for this show, I think this is the first one he's not been a part of since Coachella.
Paul Westerberg Bumbershoot
Photo By: Timothy Hiatt


Next weekend is Boston Calling, with the Mats playing Sunday 9/7 at 8:15 PM on the Red Stage. If you are attending, please check the FAQ because there are pretty strict guidelines on what you can/can't bring into the show.

And of course, the weekend after that is the St. Paul show, which I just can't even...ack. Oh you lucky lucky people seeing that one. A few things related to the show:

• The night before the show, you can celebrate Replacements Eve at We Can't Hardly Wait - A Fundraiser for Slim Dunlap at The Parkway Theater in Mpls. Scott Hudson will be hosting, with a live broadcast of his radio show. Gorman Bechard will be screening a special, edited version of Color Me Obsessed. There will be a raffle and auction of some very cool stuff, plus local bands paying tribute to Slim and the boys. Get your tickets here and have a great time for a great cause.

• Another fundraiser was held last weekend for Slim and featured many local artists creating posters for the Midway show: "Replacements' Twin Cities concert inspires artists' gig posters". The poster below is still available for sale .

Poster by Aesthetic Apparatus



June 20, 2014
Tickets go on sale TOMORROW (6/21) at 11 AM ET for the Mats at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY!

Date: Friday Sept. 19
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Forest Hills Stadium , Queens
Supporting Acts: The Hold Steady, Deer Tick
Price: $59.50

Tennis fans will know that this venue hosted the US Open until 1977; it also was the site of many great shows during the 60s and 70s. And Mad Men fans will know that Harry (who is the worst) and Don attended a Stones show there , in hopes of getting them to record a jingle for Heinz Beans).

And another amazing poster, click on the image to get the big version.

The Replacements Forest Hills


May 17, 2014
By all accounts, The Mats killed it at last weekend's Shaky Knees festival in Atlanta, playing to a rabidly enthusiastic crowd. Billie Joe Armstrong joined the band for most of the set, just for fun this time, Paul was up and on his feet for the show. American Songwriter reviewed the show and said: "All those rave reviews of Replacements shows on the internet are more than just praise from diehard fans, the Mats are legitimately one of the best touring acts around this year....If you attend one show this summer, make it this one." OK, I will!

The set included a cover of "Judy is a Punk" and what I think is the first time "Swingin' Party" has been played at a reunion show (if I'm wrong about that, I know I'll hear about :)). It also included a quick kiss between Paul and Tommy during "Kiss Me on The Bus". Pictures and videos below, enjoy! The BOY video is one of the best from any of the reunion shows.

Bastards of Young


Swingin' Party


Judy is a Punk


Photo by Perry Julien
replacements shaky knees

Photo by Chris McKay
paul westerberg shaky knees

paul westerberg tommy stinson


May 8, 2014
The St. Paul show is sold out, and how. Both of the pre-sales blew out in about 10 minutes, as did the general sale on Saturday ( "You lose! Replacements tickets sold out in minutes"). At present, no additional shows in the Twin Cities have been announced but stay tuned, you never know what will happen.

In better news, The Mats will be headlining at Bumbershoot, on Sunday August, 31 and a festival in Tempe, AZ on Sept. 27. Here's an updated list of shows, they play Shaky Knees this weekend:

Festival Location Date
Shaky Knees Atlanta, GA May 9-11
Forecastle Louisville, KY July 18-20
Osheaga Montreal August 1-3
Bumbershoot Seattle Aug. 30-Sept. 1
Boston Calling Boston September 5-7
Mats Fest 2014! St. Paul September 15
Summer Ends Music Festival V.1 Tempe, AZ September 27
Austin City Limits Austin October 3-5
October 10-12



April 26, 2014
The Replacements are playing St. Paul on Saturday Sept. 13!

replacements midway

Everything you need to know, from the event page on FB :

Artist Pre-sale: Wednesday, April 30 from 10am to 10pm - get the pre-sale info on Monday April 28 by RSVP'ing on FB.
Public on sale: Saturday, May 3 at 10am
Special Guests TBD
Midway Stadium
Saturday, September 13 at 7pm
Doors open at 5:30pm

Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 3rd at 10:00am and can be purchased online at www.etix.com . Tickets will also be available at the Midway Stadium box office and The Depot in Minneapolis next to First Avenue. All tickets are General Admission and are priced at $50 plus applicable fees. There will be a strictly enforced 4 ticket limit.

You simply must listen to this radio ad for the show, it is epic ("We'll sell you the whole seat but you'll only need...the edge!")



And not to be lost in all the fervor over the homecoming show, the Mats were also just added to the line-up for the Boston Calling festival , which takes place the previous weekend Sept 5-7. AND they confirmed for ACL in Oct. Here's an updated of confirmed shows:

Festival Location Date
Shaky Knees Atlanta, GA May 9-11
Forecastle Louisville, KY July 18-20
Osheaga Montreal August 1-3
Boston Calling Boston September 5-7
Mats Fest 2014! St. Paul September 15
Austin City Limits Austin October 3-5
October 10-12



April 19, 2014
Weekend 2 of Coachella was something different, that's for sure. The band was joined by Billie Joe Armstrong, playing in for Paul, who spent part of the show either stretched out or sitting on a couch on stage. Paul walked out with a cane and was dealing with back problems, which have cropped up at other times over the years.

BJA also appeared to have donned Paul's outfit for the night - he and the other band members wore matching checked suits, while Paul wore green pants, jacket and t-shirt. Here is the opening number, "I Will Dare". Paul says "We're the world's greatest Replacements cover band, we are The Cements":



This picture is from the official Coachella twitter, posted with the message: "Special thanks to @BJAofficial for stepping in for @PaulWesterberg of @TheReplacements last night!"

The Replacements Coachella

More pictures, videos, plus some reviews below. Check out the FB page for full coverage.

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong joins The Replacements during second Coachella set - Slicing Up Eyeballs
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong joins The Replacements for Coachella - Consequence of Sound
Coachella: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Joins The Replacements (for a Night) - The Hollywood Reporter


Replacements Coachella
Photo by David Brendan Hall


Photo by Karl Walter

Paul Westerberg
Photo by Katie Stratton






April 12, 2014
The Mats played Coachella last night. I've listed a few reviews below and you can check the Facebook page for full details, but the consensus seems to be that the crowd was smaller than expected but the band sounded great, despite a few lyrical flubs. Paul's acerbic humor seems to have been lost on a few reviewers.

Replacements play Coachella - Star-Tribune
Coachella: Five thoughts from Day 1 - Las Vegas Weekly
COACHELLA 2014: The Replacements delight with reunion set - The Press-Enterprise
Paul Westerberg Was Visibly Annoyed With the Audience Last Night - LA Weekly (nice headline...insert Liz Lemon eye roll here)


Here's "Alex Chilton", which will make you wish we saw the whole set. On that note, Coachella has a streaming YouTube channel but the Mats set was not included. (boo).



The band not only sounded great, they looked dashing in the suits, yes, suits, what else would one wear to perform in the desert heat?

replacements @ coachella
photo from Getty

replacements @ coachella
photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News

replacements @ coachella
photo from hitfix

The set list: Takin’ a Ride / I’m In Trouble / Favorite Thing / Hangin’ Downtown / Color Me Impressed / Nowhere Is My Home / Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out / Achin’ to Be / Androgynous / Love Ya Till Friday / Left of the Dial / I’ll Be You / White and Lazy / Psychopharmacology / Alex Chilton / Cant’ Hardly Wait (encore) / Bastards of Young (encore)

NOWHERE IS MY HOME. FFS...that one hurts...

The printed set list as posted on the Mats FB page:

Replacements set list 4/11/14


March 7, 2014
I'm little behind in updating you with the latest festival news - if you're on the Facebook, be sure to "like" this page. 1. Because I need positive reinforcement and 2) I'm also able to post news more quickly than I can here.

A new festival apperance has been officially added. It's the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY and takes place July 18-20. Other headliners include Outkast, Jack White and Beck. The line-up by day hasn;t been posted yet.

In unofficial festival apperance news, Michael Corcoran writes that the Mats are unofficially playing Austin City Limits in October: Here Come the Regulars: Replacements return to Austin in October: "It isn’t official yet, but the Replacements are going to play this year’s ACL Fest at Zilker Park the weekends of Oct. 3 and Oct. 10. Trust me and my inside source on this one."

Definitely click through and read the article, the festival mention is just a jumping off point for an excellent article on the band. And the article links to some fantastic pictures of the band by Pat Blashill - visit his site to see not only The Mats but a ton of other bands. Spoiler alert: Paul is giving the audience the finger in one of the pictures.


Jan. 10, 2014
If you are a fan of the following, do I have great news for you!
1. The Mats
2. Desert heat
3. Crowds

Did you guess it already? The Mats are playing Coachella this year. Visit the festival website for details. It seems a bit confusing because the site currently says that GA tickets go on sale Jan 10 at 10AM PST...as I write this, that's about 7 hours from now, yet GA tickets for Weekend 1 are already sold out...

Coachella (about 30 minutes from Palm Springs) takes place two weekends in a row: Friday April 11 - Sunday April 13 and Friday April 18 - Sunday April 20. The line up is the same each weekend. The Mats play on Friday April 11 and Friday April 18, and they are billed third. OutKast is headlining, then a Swedish electonic duo called The Knife is billed second, then the Mats (View the full lineup here).

There are no single day passes, you buy a pass for the entire weekend; a GA pass is $375. High rollers, a VIP weekend pass is $899. And if you really want to live the high life, you and a companion can stay on site in a Safari Tent for just $6,500!


Feb. 5, 2014
Another festival show appearance was just announced! The Mats are playing The Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta on Saturday May 10 (ticket info here). Will more festival appearances be annouced? I have no idea! But Chris Riemenschneider in the Star-Tribune says: "Word is they are looking at other dates, too – but your guess on where and when is as good as ours." ("The Replacements added to Atlanta's Shaky Knees Fest").

I can't stress enough that I have literally no inside information on any plans so the following is 100% wishful thinking and ill-advised speculation on my part. That said, there is currently a "To Be Announced" band pending for the Boston Calling festival on Saturday May 24...I'm just saying.


Jan. 10, 2014
If you are a fan of the following, do I have great news for you!
1. The Mats
2. Desert heat
3. Crowds

Did you guess it already? The Mats are playing Coachella this year. Visit the festival website for details. It seems a bit confusing because the site currently says that GA tickets go on sale Jan 10 at 10AM PST...as I write this, that's about 7 hours from now, yet GA tickets for Weekend 1 are already sold out...

Coachella (about 30 minutes from Palm Springs) takes place two weekends in a row: Friday April 11 - Sunday April 13 and Friday April 18 - Sunday April 20. The line up is the same each weekend. The Mats play on Friday April 11 and Friday April 18, and they are billed third. OutKast is headlining, then a Swedish electonic duo called The Knife is billed second, then the Mats (View the full lineup here).

There are no single day passes, you buy a pass for the entire weekend; a GA pass is $375. High rollers, a VIP weekend pass is $899. And if you really want to live the high life, you and a companion can stay on site in a Safari Tent for just $6,500!




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