The Replacements Are Here (Stage AE); Bike Night and Cinco de Mayo Party at Jergel’s (CP’s Tues., 5/5/15)

1) “Back By Unpopular Demand” goes the billing for The Replacements’ first tour in 24 years. Unpopular? Tell that to the crowd who bought tickets to the band’s SOLD OUT show at Stage AE or to the fans who gobbled up the April reissue of their eight-CD discography. That discography includes classic albums such as 1984’s Let It Be (not a Beatles tribute) and 1985’s Tim. The Minneapolis four-piece also added a new song, “Whole Foods Blues,” to their recent setlists. It’s been 30 years since their infamous video for “Bastards of Young”; could the new song spell sequel? Nirvana and Green Day may be in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, but the ‘Mats are the alternative pioneers. The GoToBeds open. Doors open 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.

2)  There’s a combination Bike Night/Cinco de Mayo party at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille with the Bill Ali Band. No word yet on whether the bikers will drink shots of Jose Cuervo Gold tequila and recreate the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  5 p.m. start time, Music starts at 9 p.m. No cover. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.

 

3) The Avengers: The Age of Ultron – The whole world wants to know: “Who is Ultron?” Well, this past weekend the whole world found out. Ultron is a giant intergalactic ATM from which Marvel Studios is hoping to withdraw at least as much as the $1 billion they made from the last Avengers movie.

Just kidding! Ultron is a villainous robot brought to life when Tony (Iron Man) Stark makes a big boo-boo in his lab. All your favorites are back: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner (Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye) as well as newcomers-to-the-franchise James Spader, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as various good/bad guys/gals. And before I forget, Samuel L. Jackson also shows up as Nick Fury. Even if each only gets 10 minutes of screen time, that’s a two hour film right there. Joss Whedon returns as writer and director. Check Fandango for times at your local movie house.