Guitarist Dave Minehan steps in for Replacements


A shoutout to local rocker Dave Minehan, who’s playing guitar with the reconstituted Replacements, the much-loved Minneapolis band that played its first show in 22 years Sunday night in Toronto. (While millions of people were watching the Video Music Awards, 10,000 screaming Replacements fans were singing along to “I Will Dare.”) Minehan, of course, was frontman for the Neighborhoods, a Boston band that should have been the Next Big Thing way back when. (They won the WBCN Rock & Roll Rumble in 1979.) At Sunday’s show — the first of three concerts the band is scheduled to play in the next few weeks — the Replacements lineup included mainstays Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, with Minehan and drummer Josh Freese. (Original drummer Chris Mars isn’t taking part in the mini-reunion, and ’Mats guitarist Slim Dunlap is recovering from a stroke.) Reached by phone Monday, Minehan said he has no idea if more shows will be added. “I know there’s a huge tsunami of ’Mats fans waking up and saying, ‘Please,’ but who knows,” he said. “Let’s not spook the horses.” The 54-year-old Minehan, who’s known Westerberg for more than 20 years, is gracious when asked how he got the gig. “Paul’s got a lot of friends out there, and there are a million guitar players who could fit this better than me,” he said. “It’s just a matter of relationships. Paul and I pretty much had the same record collections growing up, and that stuff matters.” Monday, less than 24 hours after playing Replacements classics including “Favorite Thing,” “Color Me Impressed,” and “Achin’ to Be,” Minehan was back in Boston, headed to work at Woolly Mammoth Sound, the studio he owns in Waltham. “It’s kind of the inverse of the universe I was just in,” he said, laughing. “It went by in a blur.”

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