The Replacements haven’t played together onstage since 1991, and each of the band’s remaining members have gone their separate ways: singer Paul Westerberg has released sporadic solo albums, bassist Tommy Stinson currently tours with Guns N’ Roses, and drummer Chris Mars left music to pursue a career as an artist. However, the sudden stroke of guitarist Slim Dunlap in 2012 forced the band back together to record an EP of covers entitled Songs For Slim. Now, it seems that the Replacements’ temporary reunion may get a little more permanent as the band are slated to play three dates for Riot Fest.
The Replacements (Which includes both Westerberg and Stinson, but not Mars) will play Chicago Riot Fest alongside Blondie, Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, and Violent Femmes on September 13-15. After that, the band will play Riot Fest dates in Toronto (alongside Dinosaur Jr., Iggy & The Stooges, and Best Coast) and Denver (with Guided by Voices, Superchunk, Yo La Tengo, and Against Me!).
No other dates have been announced but Westerberg has said that a new Replacements album is a distinct possibility. However, he stopped short of explicitly promising one.