It's on. It's off. It's the end of the world. The sky is falling and I might die without ever seeing The Replacements.
What a crazy, rain-filled day Saturday, September 27, was as torrential downpours, micro bursts, and low levels of chaos hit Tempe and almost ruined the fun for fans who flocked to Tempe Beach Park to check out day two of the Summer's End festival. The fun was called off around 2 p.m. when the sky opened up and dropped rain by the buckets amid winds strong enough to rip sizable trees out of the ground. Rumors about where the two main bands, The Replacements and Descendents, might end up playing began to swirl, but considering it was a Lucky Man Concerts show, the only logical choice was the Marquee Theatre.
As the sky eased up and details were released, fans flocked to the venue on North Mill Avenue to make sure they were able to garner a rare chance to see The Replacements, who headlined the show after a long absence from the Valley. The buzz in the air was palpable and the atmosphere was more than festive, even if the festival itself had almost been completely derailed by a seemingly vengeful Mother Nature. Smiles were apparent all around and it seemed, at least to this observer, people were in a great, if not hugely relieved, mood as they filed into the venue.