Paul Westerberg is taking his band, The Painkillers, up and down the West Coast in February, playing songs young and old.
Cited often as one of the precursors to the grunge movement (along with fellow Minneapolis native Bob Mould), Westerberg has had a successful career since his old band, The Replacements, broke up many moons ago.
Some old fans of The ‘Mats might think things have changed for Paul when it comes to his live shows. Wrong. He still marches out fan faves like “I Will Dare” and “Waitress In The Sky,” and, as was The Replacements’ wont, still tears through covers like The Partridge Family’s “I Think I Love You.”
Meanwhile, those who have followed Westerberg’s solo career will be equally satisfied with the songs on their man’s set list.
Things kick off February 17 at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom. Paul is in Seattle the next night, then Portland right after that. Next up is San Francisco February 21, then a two-night stay in Los Angeles. After a quick visit to Tempe, Ariz., Paul Westerberg & The Painkillers say goodbye to sunny California at Anaheim’s House of Blues February 26.