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Back in February, former Replacements guitarist Bob “Slim” Dunlap suffered a stroke. Now, as Gimme Noise reports, a benefit album is in the works, which apparently features two of Dunlap’s erstwhile bandmates: Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson.
In a recent interview with Jerusalem Post, Stinson revealed that he and Westerberg were collaborating on a track together. He didn’t offer many more details though, and cautioned not to read too much into this reunion. Reports the Jerusalem Post:
Whereas contemporaries like The Pixies have cashed in on reunion tours, Stinson predicted that despite lucrative offers, the cockeyed integrity that summarized The Replacement years, along with too many X factors (brother Bob died in 1994, drummer Mars is a successful painter, guitarist Slim Dunlap suffered a stroke recently, and the reclusive Westerberg remains holed up in his Minneapolis home, sporadically releasing basement recordings) would prevent any regrouping of the band. He disclosed, though, that he and Westerberg were collaborating on a track for a compilation of Dunlap songs to raise funds for his rehab.
“Paul and I always end up doing things together, but I don’t think there’s any point to a reunion,” said Stinson. “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.”
There’s no word on when the tribute album will be released or who else is contributing. We’ll keep you updated.
Earlier this month, another one of Dunlap’s former bandmates, Charlies Mars, penned a track inspired by Dunlap called “When I Fall Down”. It’s Mars’ first new recording since his 1996 solo album, Anonymous Botch, and all proceeds from its sale will benefit Dunlap’s medical bills. You can download the track at Mars’ website.