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Replacements releasing 2-CD set to benefit ailing former band mate

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The Replacements are expanding an original benefit release for former band mate Slim Dunlap into a new two-CD compilation, Spin reports.

"Rockin' Here Tonight: A Benefit Compilation for Slim Dunlap," will be released Nov. 11. Dunlap, who sang and played guitar for The Replacements, suffered a debilitating stroke in February 2012.

In an effort to help their ailing friend, The Replacements released a benefit EP titled "Songs for Slim" in June 2012. In addition, several artists including Jeff Tweedy, Vanessa Carlton and Jakob Dylan released a series a benefit singles.

"Rockin' Here Tonight" will include The Replacements' 2012 EP and previously released singles, in addition to 10 unreleased bonus tracks.

Spin received a statement from Slim Dunlap's wife, Chrissie Dunlap, about the project, which said in part: "His comfort has been interrupted by many trips to the hospital, but his will to live is strong. His mantra is 'Fight, fight, fight.' All of us who love him are fighting with, and for, him. His strength, along with the love and support of so many wonderful friends and fans, has kept him going."

The Star Tribune reports a benefit show for Slim Dunlap, titled "A Tribute to the Replacements" will be held Nov. 29 at First Avenue.

Tickets for the tribute concert are $10.

The tribute will be a 30th-anniversary live recreation of The Replacements' 1983 album, "Hootenanny."

The band, of course, reunited for the first time in 22 years in August at RiotFest in Toronto. They also played RiotFest gigs in Chicago and Denver in September.

Last month, The Replacements were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The inductees for the 2014 class will be announced in December.

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