To headline three Riot Fests…. Maybe more? (Above: Tommy ‘n’ Paul back in the day.)
By Fred Mills
Even if it wasn’t a slow music-biz news cycle like we’re currently experiencing, this would be noteworthy: the Replacements will be performing live for the first time in 22 years this summer. The announcement was made this morning that the Minneapolis legends are slated to headline the Toronto, Chicago and Denver Riot Fests on, respectively, the weekends of Aug. 24-25, Sept. 13-15 and Sept. 21-22.
Technically, it will not be a full ‘mats reunion, as drummer Chris Mars has not been announced as joining up with his old bandmates Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson (and it’s unlikely he will, given that he seems 100% committed to his art career). The other players will be unveiled soon. This all comes in the wake of the band’s Songs For Slim EP (which featured Mars’ art, incidentally) that raised money for ailing guitarist Slim Dunlap.
Also slated for the Riot Fests:
Chicago: Fallout Boy, Blink-182, FLAG, Public Enemy, Dinosaur Jr., Best Coast, the Dismemberment Plan, Guided by Voices, Motörhead, Atmosphere, more.
Toronto: Iggy & the Stooges, Rocket From the Crypt, Dinosaur Jr., Best Coast, more.
Denver: Iggy & the Stooges, Blink-182, Public Enemy, Guided By Voices, Yo La Tengo, Superchunk, Best Coast, FLAG, Rocket From the Crypt, the Dismemberment Plan, Matt & Kim, Wovenhand, more.