Festivals, Reunions — June 12, 2013 at 9:12 pm

The Replacements reuniting to headline Riot Fest in Chicago, Denver and Toronto

The Replacements

The Replacements — namely frontman Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson — will reunite on stage for the first time in 22 years later this summer to headline Riot Fest in Toronto, Denver and Chicago, site of the band’s unceremonious final performance in Grant Park on July 4, 1991, the festival’s organizers revealed tonight.

First up for the ‘Mats: Toronto on Aug. 24, followed by Chicago the weekend of Sept. 13-15 and Denver over the weekend of Sept. 21-22.

It’s not clear who else will be in the band aside from Westerberg and Stinson, who earelier this year released the Songs for Slim benefit EP under the ‘Mats name to raise money to help pay the medical expenses of ex-Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a debilitating stroke last year.

The Chicago lineup already had been (mostly) announced, and will include performances by Violent Femmes, Blondie, Black Flag spinoff FLAG, Motorhead, Peter Hook performing a Joy Division set, Bad Religion, Dinosaur Jr, X, Bob Mould, Bad Brains, The Selecter, Mission of Burma, Smoking Popes, Rocket From the Crypt, Guided By Voices, The Dismemberment Plan and more.

The Toronto lineup features Iggy and the Stooges, Rocket From the Crypt, Dinosaur Jr, A Day to Remember, Pierce the Veil, Best Coast and more.

And Denver’s lineup includes Blink-182, The Stooges, Rancid, Public Enemy, Guided by Voices, FLAG, Rocket From the Crypt, Yo La Tengo, Dismemberment Plan, Superchunk, Bad Religion, Naked Raygun, The Stranglers and more

Tickets are on sale now at riotfest.org.







  1. Scott Stalcup

    A very ‘Mats thing to do, in a way, I suppose. Surrounded by (with a few exceptions (i.e. Iggy and the Stooges) a bunch of bands who didn’t even exist, maybe weren’t even born, when the band was around, whose fanbase thinks The Replacements is some rubbish film starring Keanu Reeves.

    Ticket prices are WAY out of my price range. Otherwise, I’d risk the drive-bys to venture into the city for it.

    • No, don’t come. Please. Stay in the bunker, Scottie. Just put another layer of foil on that old, tired bean.

      BTW–MOST of the bands they’ll be playing with, are from the same era–Blondie, Hooky, Mission of Burma, Public Enemy and on and on.

      • Scott Stalcup

        Gabbie, you saw a different poster. The first line-up had Blink 182 and Fallout Boy as the headliners. Additional bands: AFI, Sublime With Rome, Taking Back Sunday . . . Hot Topic bands, full stop.

        Most of their contemporaries are pretty far down the bill if you look. HR can’t sing anymore if you’ve seen footage of The Bad Brains. Exene’s got MS so if she’s having a bad go of it, what about X? Jeff Pezzati has Parkinson’s so there’s the worry about Naked Raygun as well. Couldn’t give a toss about Public Enemy.

        Ticket prices are still ridiculous unless you’re a posher from the ‘burbs.

        Lastly, I only put foil on hamburgers when I put them in the freezer, thank you. And I’m not a bloody terrier either.

        • Dietmar Elger

          “Not a bloody terrier”–huh? Is that tea-bag speak?
          ’cause your fear of drive-by shootings, reveals you for the racist you are. Please, like she said–stay away.

    • Didn’t look at the other dates, but I bought tickets for Denver and it’s very reasonable… $80 for both days.

      People would pay well more than that just to see the ‘Mats, let alone the rest of the bands…

  2. SWEEEEEEET!!!!! And keep the dates coming!!!

    Hey, Matt, was that just a little foreshadowing spinning “We’re Coming Out” last night–or a whole lot of it?! AWESOME. And I know you’re all over that Denver weekend.

    It’s feeling like the ‘Mats are coming back with a vengeance: first these dates and then a #1 placing in the ’84 Top 100!!!

    And would love to see Josh Freese rocking the kit, but am sure anyone Paul and Tommy choose will be killer.

    Welcome back, guys! First the Bowie comeback from out of nowhere, and now this news!!! 2013 is ROCKIN’!!!!!

    • I wish. I had no inkling this was coming. I was just hoping we’d get Rocket From the Crypt, since they were doing the Chicago Riot Fest. Never guessed The ‘Mats

      • You’ve gotta be pinching yourself then. I’m still gonna give you some credit, though. Tommy may have even tuned in a couple weeks ago to hear “Friday Night Is Killing Me.” Made him long for the road and his roots, then he gave Paul a call, and the rest is history!

      • Agreed, Matt. I was keeping my fingers crossed for RFTC, FLAG, and Dismemberment Plan. We’re getting all that and so much more. I’m crazy excited. See you there!

  3. What about the Surf Punks?

  4. If you want to download a ton of Mats shows, here ya go:


  5. Skully McHuggins

    What about Mr Mars? Will he be there? Won’t be the same without Chris.

  6. Robley Browne

    The Replacements jumped the shark when Bob Stinson left.

    • “If it doesn’t rock enough, Bob will scoff at it, and if it isn’t catchy enough, Chris won’t like it, and if it isn’t modern enough, Tommy won’t like it”–Paul

  7. Songs for Slim, the tour. C’mon guys, you’d be able to raise a TON for Slim, and we’d get to see the ‘Mats back at it!

    This is the best R&R news I’ve gotten since seeing the Mary Chain back together.

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