Remember how the original lineup for Riot Fest 2013 featured a long line of question marks? Now we know what they stood for – THE REPLACEMENTS. PLAYING RIOT FEST. THEIR FIRST SHOW IN TWENTY TWO YEARS.
The Minneapolis punk legends played their last show together in 1991. They haven’t been completely inactive since then; Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson recently worked together to record a covers EP. Back in 2006, members of the band released a “best of” compilation, Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was?, which included two new tracks. Riot Fest, however, takes it to a whole new level of reunion.
The Replacements will be performing for three dates of Riot Fest: Toronto (August 24-25), Chicago (September 13-15), and Denver (September 21-22). After the band denied a Coachella reunion, Westerberg claiming “even if we got together and played, it would never be whatever the heck we were supposed to be,” the chances of ever seeing them again seemed slim. I guess they finally figured out how to bring the magic back, and longtime fans everywhere are praising the band reunion gods for the surprising announcement.
You can keep an eye out for updates from the band on their official website. We assume it’ll be there where we find out what the exact lineup for the reunited band will be! WHO’S GOING TO RIOT FEST?!