The ’80s are officially back as alternative favorite The Replacements are set to reunite.
Formed in 1979, The Replacements are scheduled to perform together for the first time in more than twenty years at the upcoming music festival Riot Fest. The band is top-billed for three shows at the festival: an August 25 show in Toronto, a mid-September show in Chicago, and a late September show in Denver.
“Oh, and you saw that right, The Replacements are playing!” an accompanying announcement to the Riot Fest lineup reads on the music festival’s official website.
Originally made up of Paul Westerberg, Bob Stinson, Tommy Stinson, and Chris Mars, The Replacements performed onstage for the last time in Chicago’s Grant Park on July 4, 1991. The surviving members of the band, Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, and Mars, teased a reunion late last year. Westerberg and Stinson came together to record an EP to benefit former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap’s medical care after he suffered a stroke.
A cult favorite among rock fans, The Replacements released seven studio albums, and performed notoriously wild live shows throughout the ’80s.
Other acts joining The Replacements at Riot Fest include Public Enemy, Fall Out Boy, Blink-182, Motörhead, and Iggy and the Stooges.