Replacements Reunite... Kind Of
Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson to collaborate on bandmate benefit track
By percy thrillington Jun 27, 2012 2:06PM
It's not the full-blown reunion fans have been yearning for these past 20 years, but it's something: Former Replacements Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson will reportedly collaborate on a song to benefit their former bandmate Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke earlier this year. The track will appear on a forthcoming album that seeks to raise funds for the ailing musician's medical bills. Fellow former Replacement Chris Mars also released a song to benefit Dunlap earlier this month. Come on, guys. Would one show be so much to ask?
After years of Replacements reunion rumors, fans will have a brief relief: Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson announced they will be collaborating for an upcoming benefit track.
The song will be part of a larger benefit album for former Replacements’ guitarist Bob “Slim” Dunlap, who suffered a stroke and a fall in February and has since struggled with recovery. Stintson revealed the collaboration in an interview with theJerusalem Post, although he warned fans to not get too excited about the brief reunion.
“Paul and I always end up doing things together, but I don’t think there’s any point to a reunion,” Stintson told the Post. “There’s such baggage, more so for Paul, I still think he’s a little bummed out his career didn’t skyrocket after the Mats broke up. He’s had to deal with competing with his past, and for him it was kind of tough.”
This announcement follows another former Replacements member’s solo benefit release earlier this month. Chris Mars, who has dedicated his post-Mats career more to art than music, released “When I Fall Down,” all proceeds from which go toward Dunlap’s medical bills.