The news had been a long time coming for fans of The Replacements, the influential Minneapolis-based '80s rock band that for years has hinted at a reunion: On Wednesday night, the alt-rock pioneers announced they would play at least three upcoming shows, Billboard magazine reports.
Singer/songwriter Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson have agreed to headline three dates of the Riot Fest: in Toronto Aug. 24-25, in Chicago Sept. 13-15, and in Denver Sept. 21-22. It will be the first time they have performed together since July 4, 1991. The Chicago date is notable because that is the last place the band played before it quietly disappeared after a July 4, 1991 show.
The Replacements cobbled together a reunion of sorts last October when founding members Westerberg and Stinson recorded an EP of covers in a Minneapolis studio. The limited edition “Songs For Slim” pressing was auctioned to benefit Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap, who had suffered a stroke earlier in February 2012.
Something clicked when Stinson and Westerberg got back together for the Dunlap effort, former band manager Peter Jesperson told The Current recently.
“[Tommy] sent me the rough mixes of the tracks and I was just absolutely blown away,” former ‘Mats manager Peter Jesperson told The Current recently. “I tell you the truth, I got quite teary eyed. I felt like they’d really captured something that was kind of the essence of what made them so great back in the day. Just an irreverence, a looseness, how fun the tracks were, and the playing was so great by all four guys."
A more full-blown reunion has been teased for years, most recently by Stinson in a Time magazine article.
Westerberg, who rarely talks to the media, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times last month about songwriting.