The Replacements Set to Play 30 Rock For the First Time Since 1986
Saturday Night Live has long been home to infamous musical performances; in 1977, Elvis Costello and the Attractions defied show creator Lorne Michaels by playing 'Radio, Radio'; Fear brought slam-dancing to the airwaves in 1981 -- and subsequently destroyed the stage -- with 'Beef Balogna'; and in 1986, Minnesota's own Replacements rocked the house in a legendary drunken manner. All three of these performances (and there are more, believe us) resulted in the same conclusion: the bands were banned from ever performing on SNL again.
Beyond being barred from playing SNL, the Replacements have never set foot inside Rockefeller Center (a.k.a. 30 Rock, where NBC's studios are located) to perform again. Twenty-eight years later, that streak is coming to an end.
In a somewhat mysterious video posted on the band's YouTube account, the announcement came yesterday (Sept. 5) that the Replacements would make a triumphant return to 30 Rock as musical guests on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' on Tuesday, Sept. 9. You can watch the announcement video above (which includes footage from their '86 SNL performance).
The Replacements have a few gigs currently scheduled, including a hometown show on Sept. 13 in St. Paul, Minn. and a trip back to New York on Sept. 19. Get their full tour itinerary (which includes both Austin City Limits Festival weekends) here.
To see the Replacements' historic performance inside 30 Rock, enjoy these videos:
The Replacements -- 'Bastards of Young' -- Jan. 18, 1986
The Replacements -- 'Kiss Me On the Bus' -- Jan. 18, 1986