More Replacements benefit EP details as Slim Dunlap nears hospital exit
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Paul Westerberg recently confirmed that he and Tommy Stinson reunited as the Replacements to record four covers for a benefit EP to help their pal Slim Dunlap. A longer interview with Rolling Stone has emerged today, and included in the details is some updated news about the condition of Dunlap, who had a serious stroke earlier this year.
"Slim is still slowly recovering," his wife Chrissie Dunlap tells RS. "He is still paralyzed on his left side, and still on a feeding tube. Our insurance will not pay for any more rehab, so we are paying out of pocket for his care when he is released from the hospital, probably next week." The report also includes more information about the limited-edition vinyl Westerberg, Stinson, Kevin Bowe, and Peter Anderson recenly recorded.
According to the Replacements' ex-manager Peter Jesperson, the 250 copies of the 'Mats four-track vinyl EP could be out as soon as December.
Another 18 artists -- such as Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, the Wallflowers' Jakob Dylan, and Replacements' drummer Chris Mars -- have taken on covers of classic Slim Dunlap songs to help the cause. Each month, a new single will be released, and digital downloads will be available as well. For now, donations can be placed to help right here.
Will this release be under the 'Mats name? "We are technically the Replacements, he and I," Westerberg tells Rolling Stone. "Yeah, I reckon it would be suitable to use the R word, seeing as it would probably garner a little more coin than if it was just the Tom and Paul Experience."
And then, there's just the self-deprecating world of Westerberg to follow in Rob Tannenbaum's Q&A. It's a great read.
Within, we learn that the 52-year-old is still writing songs, still dealing with OCD, still bouncing the idea of touring with his old bandmates (with increasingly lucrative offers to do so), and he has no feeling in his ring finger. Take the statement, "When I stopped breaking guitars, that was my downfall," and stretch it out of over every topic.
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