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Replacements to reunite - with replacements

Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson announce three dates

By Mark C. Brown Jun 13, 2013 3:28PM
RiotfestThey've allegedly turned down millions from the likes of Coachella, but Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson will play at least three Replacements reunion dates this summer and fall - news which caught even the most hardcore fans by surprise.

Instead of those high-profile offer, they're playing three dates on the lesser known Riot Act Festival in Toronto on Aug. 25, Chicago Sept. 13-15 and Denver Sept. 21 and 22.

Besides The Smiths, a Replacements reunion has been one that fans have been clamoring for. Though they never broke through big in their heyday - they reportedly left their record label $1 million in debt - their influence has been huge and the legend has only grown. They got some radio airplay with "Can't Hardly Wait," "Alex Chilton," "Skyway" and "I'll Be You," but never completely broke through.

Stinson has spent much of his time in Axl Rose's version of Guns N' Roses. Westerberg has had an erratic solo career, touring only occasionally and releasing some music on CD, some only on the Internet. He had some radio success with "Love Untold" but has been out of the spotlight for years, literally and figuratively.

Many reports said this would be the first live reunion since their final show in 1991, but that's incorrect. The pair reunited in September 2006 for a couple of songs played live off of the "Open Season" soundtrack. As for a studio reunion they did "Songs for Slim," benefit recordings for former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap, who has major health issues.

The notion of the reunion, however, has some fans up in arms. Dunlap is incapacitated and founding member Bob Stinson died long ago. Drummer Chris Mars has a thriving art career and has no interest in being in the band anymore. Drummer Josh Freese sat in on the 2006 live songs, but no details have been released as to who will fill out the band on the upcoming dates. The band's new official website predictably has very little information on it. The Westerberg-approved unofficial website is your best source of information.

Still, it's a reunion that has some fans thrilled beyond belief. Below is their biggest hit, which peaked at #51 on the Billboard charts.

Jun 17, 2013 6:22PM
I remember this tune for some reason, in a movie perhaps?
Jun 17, 2013 11:34AM
Anyone notice that the "best" comments from the misinterpreted lyrics article went missing? Speak poorly of Bing's "search article" and your comment gets removed. Under the "best" tab the comments were all about how searching for the answers sucked and the number one comment had more than double thumbs up than the highest rated comment about the actual article.

I haven't been able to comment since first reading the article and now it's showing zero comments. I probably won't get to post this comment either. Bing don't play that freedom of speech game.

"There’s a problem creating posts right now. Please try again later." Over 2 hours now.
Jun 17, 2013 10:41AM
Just putting this in context here: Tommy played on most of Paul's solo work.  Paul made an appearance on the release Friday Night is Killing Me by Tommy's band Bash & Pop.  They did two new songs for the Replacements Best-Of in addition to the Open Season soundtrack.  This is strictly capitalizing on Songs for Slim and that really unnerving documentary about 'Mats fans Color Me Obsessed.

That said, PLEASE play more dates.  I can't swing the ticket prices for RIOT Fest and I really don't relish the thought of driving into Chicago and getting shot at.  It's in Humboldt Park and a kid just got picked off there this weekend!
Jun 17, 2013 9:30AM
I'll file this under "Who Cares".......      Lots of bands write some pretty good tunes now and then, break up and get back together, I guess whether you get an article written about you, or a positive review for that matter, depends on the musical tastes of the writer/critic.    I've been a musician and music lover of many genres and never heard of them......     it's ok I guess, reminds of REM sort of......
Jun 17, 2013 5:35AM
Spinal Tap...better that most of these "bands".. yawn
Jun 13, 2013 9:00PM
I hope they announce more dates!  They've got to come to Jersey!
Jun 13, 2013 8:10PM
The Greatest Rock band of our generation and you asshats think it's a movie!  Go Back to listening to Winger and living in your trailer park
Jun 13, 2013 7:34PM
Thought it might b Gne Hackman and Keanu Reeves.  That would be a good movie to build on.
Jun 13, 2013 6:50PM
They wore as much makeup as the hair metal bands they bashed. Hypocrites.
Jun 13, 2013 6:19PM
NOOOO!! One of the worst bands of my generation.
Jun 13, 2013 6:15PM

Darn it - I thought they meant the movie

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