April 19, 2014


Billie Joe Armstrong Plays Coachella With The Replacements

Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella
Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella

Minnesota indie band the Replacements have been rocking out, off-and-on, since 1979 so it’s not shocking that some things just don’t work as well as they did when they were in their 20s. So when guitarist and vocalist Paul Westerberg experienced a back injury, and right on time for their second performance at Coachella, the Replacements’ frontman called on a friend for help. 

Last night Billie Joe Armstrong stepped in and joined the Replacements on their evening set at the Outdoor Theatre as Westerberg played his guitar while sitting on a couch that was placed on stage.

Billboard reports that Westerberg played guitar laying on down the sofa and then would sit up to sing. Armstrong, wearing a matching checkered suit as did the rest of the band (though Westerberg opted out and was casually dressed), joined the group early on in the set for some of their most well-known tracks including "Color Me Impressed," "Can't Hardly Wait" and "Alex Chilton."  Armstrong was clearly thrilled to join to the band that influenced his own as he remarked onstage: "Dreams really do come true!" 

Westerberg, apparently, gained enough strength to stand for the last three songs.  The set also included "I'm In Trouble," "Kiss Me on the Bus," "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out," "I Don't Know" and "IOU."

Check out the video of the band, and Armstrong, performing “IOU.”

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