By way of Kevin Cole’s email list, there is some awesome footage of the Replacements playing at the First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis:
As a regular listener to my show you know I’m a big Replacements fan. I was doing some Replacements related surfing the other night and came across a bunch of great 1981 performance footage from the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis. Having worked at First Avenue/7th Street Entry at the time of these recordings (and having been present at these shows) I was aware of this footage but had never seen it. Incredible stuff–unbelievably focused performance–the band is so on and Tommy looks so damn young (14 or 15 at the time?). Let’s hope this performance/footage is released on DVD when the Replacements re-issues come out!!! For now, enjoy these clips:
Click on image for a cool video of the Replacements performing “Customer” and “Rattlesnake” on September 5th, 1981 show at 1st Avennue’s 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Check out other Replacements videos from that era here.
I’ve only seen a handful of show at “The Entry” (Jane’s Addiction the only notable act that comes to mind). It is a very intimate venue. The other cool thing is this is a few years before Prince would make 1st Ave famous in Purple Rain.