After years of Replacements reunion rumors, fans will have a brief relief: Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson announced they will be collaborating for an upcoming benefit track.
The song will be part of a larger benefit album for former Replacements’ guitarist Bob “Slim” Dunlap, who suffered a stroke and a fall in February and has since struggled with recovery. Stintson revealed the collaboration in an interview with the Jerusalem Post, although he warned fans to not get too excited about the brief reunion.
“Paul and I always end up doing things together, but I don’t think there’s any point to a reunion,” Stintson told the Post. “There’s such baggage, more so for Paul, I still think he’s a little bummed out his career didn’t skyrocket after the Mats broke up. He’s had to deal with competing with his past, and for him it was kind of tough.”
This announcement follows another former Replacements member’s solo benefit release earlier this month. Chris Mars, who has dedicated his post-Mats career more to art than music, released “”When I Fall Down, all proceeds from which go toward Dunlap’s medical bills.
Full details on the benefit album have not yet been released.