The Replacements News
5-14-15: Alternative pioneers The Replacements will play a short string of festivals this summer. The band is slated to appear at Louisville's Forecastle Music Festival, Montreal's Osheaga Music Festival and Boston Calling through September. While many new fans have continued to seek a live performance from the band over the last 20 years, this summer will be as good a time as any to catch them at a festival across the continent.
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The Replacements Bio
Renowned just as much for their rock and roll excesses as their full-throttle blend of post-punk, hardcore and alt-rock, underground favorites The Replacements were one of the wildest bands of the 1980s. Formed in 1978 by vocalist Paul Westerberg, guitarist Bob Stinson, bassist Tommy Stinson and drummer Chris Mars, the group first performed under the names of Dogbreath and The Impediments before settling on their most familiar moniker. Inspired by the likes of The Clash, The Jam and The Damned, the band built up a sizeable following on the Minneapolis circuit, where they often took to the stage under the influence. After signing with Twin/Tone Records, the band released their debut album, Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash, in 1981, and followed it up a year later with the Stink E.P., before moving away from their punk roots on 1983’s more experimental sophomore, Hootenanny. The group then took their riotous sound across North America for the first time, and supported R.E.M. for a handful of dates, while 1984’s Let It Be saw chief songwriter Westerberg explore arena rock, heavy metal and Chicago blues to national critical acclaim, resulting in a major label deal with Sire and a first Billboard 200 entry with 1985’s Tim. But instead of capitalising on its success, the group nearly imploded, with a shambolic appearance on Saturday Night Live, the firing of Bob Stinson and manager Peter Jesperson over creative differences and the refusal to make accessible MTV-friendly videos just some of the obstacles the band created for themselves. After heading into the studio with Jim Dickinson (Big Star), the band somehow managed to record another well-received affair in the shape of 1987’s Pleased To Meet Me, and eventually sobered up in time for 1989’s more polished radio-friendly Don’t Tell A Soul. However, following a disastrous tour with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and the disappointing commercial response to 1990’s All Shook Down (essentially a Westerberg solo album), the group announced they would be splitting after completing a 1991 farewell tour. After a 21-year absence, Tommy Stinson and Westerberg revived The Replacements for a 2012 covers E.P., and went onto perform at the likes of Riot Fest, Coachella and Boston Calling before embarking on their own headlining North American tour in 2015.
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The Replacements Discography
Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash (1981)
Let It Be (1984)
Pleased to Meet Me (1987)
Don't Tell a Soul (1989)
All Shook Down (1990)
The Replacement Tour Dates
The Replacement 2015 Tour Dates
Thu 05/28/15 at Various Venues in Barcelona, Spain
Fri 05/29/15 at Various Venues in Barcelona, Spain
Sat 05/30/15 at Paradiso in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tue 06/02/15 at Roundhouse in London, United Kingdom
Fri 06/05/15 at Parque De Cidade in Oporto, Portugal