It seems that 2013 is swiftly becoming the year of the comeback, with cult favorites of decades past announcing a celebrated return (My Bloody Valentine, Boards of Canada and Bowie, to name a few). 22 years since the Replacements’ last live performance at the Taste of Chicago in July 1991, the Replacements confirmed rumors of their reunion last night with plans to perform at Riot Fest Chicago, with offshoot appearances in Toronto and Denver.
The band initially teased their fanbase with rumors of a comeback tour after releasing the Songs for Slim EP on behalf of former guitarist Slim Dunlap, who was recovering from a severe stroke. Paul Westerberg was the one who hinted at the reunion to Rolling Stone, stating that although he would “hate to start it up again,” he said“It’s possible. I’m closer to it now than I was two years ago, that’s for sure.” Then, following the Riot Fest’s official announcement, a Twitter announcement from the Replacements that read, “We’re getting the band back together. #riotfest,” was aired, then quickly deleted.
Their first appearance at the Chicago festival takes place in Humboldt Park from Sept. 13-15, with Fall Out Boy and Blink-182 sharing headlining roles, and the lineup includes Brand New, Flag, Dinosaur Jr., Best Coast, Guided by Voices, and more. The Toronto fest will run from Aug. 24-25 at Fort York and the Denver fest Sept. 21-22 at May Farms.
Though the Replacements’ lineup will definitely include Westerberg and Stinson, the rest of the band’s lineup will be announced at a later date.