Two years after their reunion fizzled out, The Replacements’ sporadically used Twitter and Facebook accounts recently began teasing… well, something… by sharing photos of the band performing in 1986 — the most recent of which bore the caption “Coming soon.” What’s it all mean?
Tag: Bob Stinson
Following the first-ever U.S. vinyl release of The Replacements’ final album, 1990′s All Shook Down, on Record Store Day’s Black Friday later this month comes word that bandleader Paul Westerberg’s second solo effort, 1996’s Eventually, also will make its debut on vinyl early next year.
The Replacements staged their third of three announced reunion shows last night in a dusty farm field about 45 minutes east of Denver, the site of the third installment of this summer Riot Fest and what may or may not have been the final appearance by the 2013 incarnation of the ‘Mats, performing for the first time in 22 years.
While a reunion of The Replacements doesn’t seem to be in the cards, Tommy Stinson has revealed that he’s recording a track with Paul Westerberg to benefit their former bandmate Slim Dunlap — who joined the ‘Mats following the expulsion of Bob Stinson — as the guitarist recovers from a stroke he suffered in February.
Slim Dunlap, who joined The Replacements following the expulsion of Bob Stinson and played guitar on the band’s last two albums, was hospitalized this week after suffering a “severe” stroke that has, according to his wife, left the 60-year-old partially paralyzed, but still ‘sharp and aware.’
The Fourth of July isn’t just the anniversary of this nation’s birth, it’s also the day now recognized as marking the break-up of perhaps the greatest of all the ’80s college-rock acts: The Replacements, who performed their final concert exactly 20 years ago today in Chicago’s Grant Park.