Hey, so The Smiths might never ever ever reunite, but at least you now have The Replacements. That’s right, I can now write a sentence that may cause heart attacks for our entire editorial staff: The Replacements have reunited!
According to Rolling Stone, core members Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson reunited for the first time since 2006 to record a covers EP to benefit their former bandmate Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke in February. Joined in the studio by Westerberg solo guitarist Kevin Bowe and drummer Peter Anderson (Replacements drummer Chris Mars chose not to participate), the band recorded Dunlap’s solo song “Busted Up”, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from the Broadway musical Gypsy, Gordon Lightfoot’s 1965 song “I’m Not Sayin’”, and “Lost Highway” by Hank Williams.
The songs will be released as a 10″ EP later this year, though only 250 copies will be pressed and each will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds will benefit Dunlap.
When asked by Rolling Stone if this reunion would lead to further reunion activities, Westerberg said, “It’s possible. 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.”