Of the many albums I fell in love with as a teenager, The Replacements 'Let It Be' was one of the greatest. Its impact on me was profound, to say the least. So news of a possible reunion hit me hard. I mean, the band hasn't played live in 22 years! Paul Westerberg has been releasing music as a solo artist for two decades and Tommy Stinson has been playing bass for Guns N Roses for the last 15 years! Both are founding members of the band and both will be involved in the reunion that will take place at Riot Fest Chicago and similar concerts in Toronto and Denver.
The following excerpt from Paste Magazine offers more details:
'The band initially teased their fanbase with rumors of a comeback tour after releasing the Songs for Slim EP on behalf of former guitarist Slim Dunlap, who was recovering from a severe stroke. Paul Westerberg was the one who hinted at the reunion to Rolling Stone, stating that although he would “hate to start it up again,” he said“It’s possible. I’m closer to it now than I was two years ago, that’s for sure.” Then, following the Riot Fest’s official announcement, a Twitter announcement from the Replacements that read, “We’re getting the band back together. #riotfest,” was aired, then quickly deleted'
For more details and festival dates, you'll find the entire Paste article here.
So what's the big deal? Dude, it's The REPLACEMENTS!!
Like I said The Replacements 1984 record 'Let It Be' hit me hard when I was 16, so hard that it left a mark. This song still churns my guts every time I hear it...
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