½ Replacements Reunion: Stinson & Westerberg


Project to benefit
ailing former band member Dunlap.


By Blurt Staff


It’s not exactly the Replacements, who broke up in 1991, but
it’s close: Tommy Stinson and Paul Westerberg have a four-song covers EP slated
for release as a limited-edition 10″ (only 250 copies) to help raise funds for
former ‘mats guitarist Slim Dunlap, who experienced a severe stroke earlier
this year. An online auction will take place later this year for the record.


Westerberg commented on the project, which took place recently during a
single day of recording in a Minneapolis
studio, to Rolling Stone: “Tommy and I strapped on guitars, not a word was
said, and bang. We still rock like murder… [Dunlap is] in rough shape.
He’s sort of paralyzed, he can move his leg a little bit. When I mentioned
this, it seemed like something he really wanted to happen. ‘You guys get
together,’ he said in a whisper. ‘Go play a song.'”


Not on board however: drummer Chris Mars, of whom Westerberg said “didn’t
want any part of this.” He added that a tour and/or album might actually be
possible now despite the fact that he’s taken a dim view of the possibility in
the past: “After playing with Tommy last week, I was thinking, ‘All right,
let’s crank it up and knock out a record like this.’ I’m closer to it now than
I was two years ago, let’s say that.”




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