The Replacements are reuniting to play Riot Fest in Chicago, Denver, and Toronto. The shows will be their first since July 4, 1991, at Grant Park in Chicago. As of now, the band will consist of singer/guitarist Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson. Drummer Chris Mars and lead guitarist Slim Dunlap will likely not be participating.
Westerberg and Stinson got together earlier this year as the Replacements and recorded an EP, Songs for Slim, to raise money for Dunlap’s medical treatment, raising more than $100,000.
The Replacements are best known as one of the top underground bands of the 1980s, releasing the classic album Let It Be on Minneapolis independent label Twin/Tone before moving on to major label Sire Records for Tim and Pleased to Meet Me, among others. Since the band’s break up, Westerberg has pursued an intermittent solo career and Stinson has mostly acted as the bass player for Axl Rose’s Guns ‘N Roses.
Here are the current dates for the band:
August 25, Toronto, Ontario (Riot Fest)
September 13, Chicago, Illinois (Riot Fest)
September 21, Denver, Colorado (Riot Fest)