Replacements to reunite for fests
By Greg kot
The Replacements, who broke up on stage in 1991 at Grant Park, will reunite and return to Chicago as headliners of Riot Fest in Humboldt Park on Sept. 13-15.
Little information was provided in the late Wednesday announcement on the Riot Fest and Replacements websites beyond the reunion weekend dates, which also include Riot Fest headlining appearances in Toronto (Aug. 24-25) and Denver (Sept. 21-22).
The reunion presumably will include founding members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson.
They got together last year to record an EP of cover songs to benefit former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap, who had suffered a stroke.
Dunlap had replaced Stinson’s brother, Bob Stinson, who was fired from the band in the mid-’80s and died in 1995.
Founding drummer Chris Mars quit the band in 1990, and has been concentrating on his career as an artist rather than music in the last decade.
The Minneapolis band oozed ramshackle charm during its 1980s glory years and released several revered albums, including “Let it Be” (1984), “Tim” (1985) and “Pleased to Meet Me” (1987).
But by their 1991 concert at Grant Park, they were running on fumes.
“We were six months tired on the road, and we knew it was the end,” Westerberg later told the Chicago Tribune.
“Tommy and I knew it was the final performance, maybe ever. And that’s a little hard to swallow. We wanted it to be magical, and when it wasn’t, it was like, ‘Well, that’s par for the career, I guess.’ When you want it to happen, it never does.”
As years went by, a reunion appeared less likely, even as lucrative offers poured in, including at least one from Lollapalooza.
Three-day tickets ($149.98 and $249.98) for Riot Fest Chicago are available at ticketfly.com.