Nato Coles (Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band)
SPB: What are your expectations for the Replacements reunion?
Coles: The Replacements were one of the greatest rock'n'roll bands of all-time, no exaggeration, so I'm sure they'll sound good playing those songs, and I hope Slim's doing better. I suppose anything Paul and Tommy decide is "The Replacements" is The Replacements, but I never saw Bob Stinson or Chris Mars play - too young - and I'm wary of an All Shook Down-Lite lineup being my only 'Mats experience. Sometimes when I play my really old songs, it feels like I'm doing a cover version of my own music - fun but not quite the real McCoy. I wonder if that's what this is going to be like. Maybe it's better for me to let the Replacements play in my imagination and spend the money I'd spend going to Riot Fest on newer up and coming bands, shows, and music. But if they have a hologram Bob Stinson play a couple guitar solos, I'll probably go.