After six years apart, the Replacements' singer-guitarist Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson have officially reunited. As tipped back in June, when Stinson said the old bandmates were working on a track together, the plan has expanded into a limited edition 10-inch vinyl EP, according to Rolling Stone.
In late September, Westerberg and Stinson spent a day recording four cover songs in Minneapolis, which will be press onto only 250 copies. Since the proceeds are going to help their ailing bandmate Slim Dunlap, who had a stroke earlier this year, these are going to get auctioned off. Hopefully, fans will do the right thing and give generously.
The tracks included in the project are:
"Busted Up" by Slim Dunlap
"Everything's Coming Up Roses" from the Broadway musical Gypsy
"I'm Not Sayin'" by Gordon Lightfoot
"Lost Highway" by Hank Williams
Ex-Replacement Chris Mars did not want to take part in the recording, according to Westerberg, so Peter Anderson played drums instead. Also contributing was Kevin Bowe, who recently put out a solo album featuring a song by Westerberg and has toured with him in the past.
Per the report in Rolling Stone:
Westerberg has been ambivalent about a Replacements reunion since the band broke up in 1991, but he was persuaded by Dunlap's enthusiasm. "He's 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.'"Westerberg seems to be warming up to the idea, adding that "It's possible."
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