On July 4, 1991 in Chicago, the Replacements played their final show ever, ending their run as one of the most celebrated (if not most commercially successful) alt rock groups of the 1980s. In the decades since, their legend has only grown.
Last fall, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson announced plans to reunite (sort of) for a covers EP, Songs for Slim, to raise money for former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap, who had suffered a stroke. The EP was released commercially this year, and we heard its great “I’m Not Sayin'” cover. Now, the Replacements have confirmed headlining slots at three Riot Fests in Chicago, Toronto, and Denver.
The Chicago festival takes place in Humboldt Park from September 13-15. The other headliners are Fall Out Boy and Blink 182, and the lineup also features FLAG, Public Enemy, Dinosaur Jr., Best Coast, the Dismemberment Plan, Guided by Voices, Motörhead, Atmosphere, and more. The Toronto fest takes place August 24-25 at Fort York and the Denver fest September 21-22 at May Farms.
This lineup of the Replacements will definitely include Westerberg and Stinson. The rest of the band’s lineup will be announced at a later date.
Riot Fest has also announced the lineups for Denver and Toronto. Toronto’s lineup includes Iggy & the Stooges, Rocket From the Crypt, Dinosaur Jr., Best Coast, and more. Denver’s lineup features Iggy & the Stooges, Blink-182, Public Enemy, Guided By Voices, Yo La Tengo, Superchunk, Best Coast, FLAG, Rocket From the Crypt, the Dismemberment Plan, Matt & Kim, Wovenhand, and more.
In other Replacements news, Westerberg recently wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times about songwriting.