When it was announced that the Replacements would be performing at this year’s Riot Fest, fans began to wonder who would be back in for the shows. Yesterday, it was reported that drummer Josh Freese will be behind the kit alongside Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson. Guitarist Dave Minehan will also joining the rest of the band taking the place of the late Bob Stinson.
The newly reassembled Minneapolis-based band will be returning to the stage for the first time since 1991. Like reported earlier, they will be one of the headlining bands at Riot Fest, with sets scheduled for Aug. 24-25 for the Toronto installment, Sept. 13-15 for the Chicago installment and Sept. 21-22 for the Denver installment.
In the post-Replacement era, Freese had collaborated with Westerberg on several occasions. Freese played drums on the two new Replacements songs with included 2006’s “Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was.” At that time, it was the only new music Westerberg and Stinson released under the Replacement names since the disbandment.
Recently, Freese was on tour with Sublime with Rome who had been out on a Summer tour throughout the US. Sublime with Rome are also on the Riot Fest bill which means that the sticksman will be playing double duty during the festival.
Westerberg and Stinson teamed up last year with Westerberg’s guitarist, Kevin Bowe and drummer Peter Anderson to record a six-song LP to benefit Slim Dunlap, a one-time guitarist for the band, who had been recovering from a severe stroke. The LP was titled Songs for Slim and was released back in March. It went on to raise a reported $100,000 for the cause.
The news was first reported by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and then confirmed other sources. As of now, the only dates that are official for this reunion are those that are a part of Riot Fest; after that the rest is unknown.