Best Almost-Reunion: The Replacements
"You heard a lot of good music today," Paul Westerberg said as he came onstage. "We're putting a stop to that right fucking now." With bassist Tommy Stinson on a brief sabbatical from Guns N' Roses, Westerberg led the Replacements (half of them, anyway) through a thrilling set that was tight enough to do justice to some of the best rock songs ever written, but sloppy enough that you knew it was the Mats. When the audience didn't know the words to "Androgynous" well enough to make it a sing-along, Westerberg shrugged it off: "Well, that was authentic." And the band had a sign-language interpreter, who valiantly tried to render ASL versions of "Alex Chilton" and "Bastards of Young."