The notoriously volatile Replacements aren’t ones you’d peg for a reunion, but recently singer Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson got back together to record Replacements songs for the first time since 2006.
The occasion was for former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke in February. Westerberg and Stinson–who is currently the bassist for Guns ‘N Roses–headed to a Minneapolis recording studio and banged out a covers EP that includes one of Dunlap’s tunes as well as songs by Hank Williams, Gordon Lightfoot, and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from the musical Gypsy. The vinyl EP is limited to 250 copies which will be auctioned online, with all proceeds going to Dunlap.
Westerberg also invited former Replacements drummer Chris Mars to take part in the sessions, but he declined, and Westerberg admits he was “disappointed.” Still, he and Stinson reportedly “still rock like murder” and Westerberg won’t rule out a reunion tour or new album. “It’s possible,” he told Rolling Stone. “After playing with Tommy last week, I was thinking, ‘All right, let’s crank it up and knock out a record like this.’ I’m closer to it now than I was two years ago, let’s say that.”