Are The Mats back?
One of the most critically celebrated bands of the modern day, though far from the most popular in a commercial sense, The Replacements, have announced they are playing three shows in the US and Canada later this year.
The band played their final show in Chicago in 1991, though since then their popularity and influence seems to have grown in spades. The Minnesotan rockers released seven albums in their time together and became one of the most influential underground rock bands of the 1980s.
They will headline Riot Fest in Toronto on Saturday 24 August – Sunday 25, Chicago on Saturday 13 September – Sunday 14 and Denver on Saturday 21 September – Sunday 22. Other acts on the bill include Blink-182, Iggy & The Stooges, Public Enemy, Guided By Voices and heaps more. The line up is crazy good; check it out here.
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The Replacements recently released an EP of songs initially recorded as a part of the Songs For Slim project, raising money for their guitarist Slim Dunlap who suffered a very serious stroke last year that has left him partly paralysed.
While frontman Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson are confirmed for the shows, it remains to be seen who will take second guitar and drumming duties; original drummer Chris Mars apparently “didn't want any part” of the new sessions, so it seems unlikely he'll rejoin the band. Original guitarist Bob Stinson died in 1996, while the band's last drummer Steve Foley passed away in 2008.