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The Replacements Singer Tells Festival Audience They Are Breaking Up Again

7 June 2015 | 10:03 am | Staff Writer

“Lazy bastards to the end”

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Overseas media are reporting that The Replacements singer Paul Westerberg announced the end of the band’s reunion onstage at Primavera yesterday.  

The legendary US indie rock outfit reformed in 2012 and were hotly tipped to be in contention for Australia's Soundwave earlier this year - what would have been their first ever appearances here, having not toured here during their initial period together in the ‘80s.

Rumours had also circulated of a Bluesfest slot at one point and recently rumblings of an upcoming summer visit were heard around the industry.

However, it now seems unlikely The Replacements will grace our stages as Westerberg told the Spanish festival audience that it would be the last time the band play together.

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After also claiming that band members had skipped their Primavera soundcheck to remain in the comfort of their hotel, he added that they were “lazy bastards to the end” before not-so-lazily smashing his guitar.

Last month it was reported that the band were possibly planning a two-year break having halted recording sessions for an album that may now never see the light of day.

The band had also last month cancelled two post-Primavera shows originally scheduled to take place upon their return to the States. A statement issued to announce those cancellations ended: “Hope we can come back in the future and make it up to you."