The Replacements have reunited.
For the first time since recording a couple new songs for the 2006 compilation Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was?, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson have gotten back together to record some new material.
Unfortunately, this mini-reunion is not under the best of circumstances. Slim Dunlap — the guitarist on the last few Replacements albums — suffered a massive, debilitating stroke this past February. The product of this reunion, a four-song EP of covers, has no specific release date, but is due out later this year. The 10-inch EP will be limited to a pressing of 250 with all proceeds benefiting Dunlap. The EP will include a cover of Dunlap’s solo tune “Busted Up,” the 1965 Gordon Lightfoot song “I’m not Sayin’,” Hank Williams’ “Lost Highway,” and from the Broadway musical Gypsy, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”
While original drummer Chris Mars chose not to participate in the recording, Westerberg has not ruled out a new album or reunion tour. He told Rolling Stone “it’s possible,” adding, “I’m closer to it now than I was two years ago, let’s say that.”
So, there you have it, there’s a chance it could happen. If it does, it will mark the first official Replacements show since July 4, 1991.
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