In Love With That Song: Watch the Replacements rip through ‘Alex Chilton’ on the Tonight Show


Tuesday, September 9, 2014 was a weird day for rock and roll. One of the biggest bands in music unexpectedly released their new album through a tech company, a “riot” created by Green Day at a WFNX show in Boston was noted for its 20th anniversary, and the Replacements played a late-night television show once hosted by Jay Leno.

Returning to New York’s famed 30 Rock — where they were banned from Saturday Night Live nearly two decades ago — the ‘Mats stormed The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, ripping through their nod to the late Big Star frontman, “Alex Chilton.” Fallon introduced Paul Westerberg and crew as a “massively beloved and influential rock band.” Afterwards, the host channeled his inner-Letterman, declaring, “That’s the way to do it!”

Check out the video below, and as we are required to do by Massachusetts state law, please note Boston’s own Dave Minehan up there on guitar. Word is the band also played a second, un-aired song, which will be posted online later today.


The Replacements’ victory lap reunion tour, the Minneapolis college rock band’s first shows since 1991, continues September 19 when they play the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium with the Hold Steady and Deer Tick.

They played Boston Calling this past Sunday.