2013 saw the unlikely reformation of alternative rock legends The Replacements. Original members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson reunited and played their first show in nearly 22 years. The band headlined a series of three Riot Fest dates: Toronto, Chicago, and Denver. Paul and Tommy appointed drummer Josh Freeze and guitarist Dave Minehan to replace drummer Chris Mars and guitarist Slim Dunlap.
Earlier in the year Westerberg and Stinson cut a 5-song EP entitled Songs For Slim. The purpose of the record was to raise money for Slim Dunlap’s medical expenses. Mr. Dunlap suffered a severe stroked in February 2012.
The Minneapolis legends were also nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame this year, however they were passed over for other least deserving candidates. Better luck next time Mats!
One can only hope Goldenvoice is working very diligently to procure The Mats for a line two spot at the 2014 Coachella Music Festival.
Watch The Replacement perform “Left Of The Dial” @ Chicago Riot Fest: