Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson reunite for Slim Dunlap benefit track

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Brief, but exciting news for fans of Replacements reunion conspiracies: Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson are working on a song together. Similar to the recent Chris Mars single, these two 'Mats members are reuniting to rally for their old bandmate Slim Dunlap for a reported tribute record that is coming together. Dunlap was hospitalized earlier this year following a stroke and a fall, and his recovery has been slow.

Tucked deep in the middle of a Stinson interview with the Jerusalem Post, the current Guns 'N Roses bassist discloses that tidbit, but there's an enormous catch.
Whereas contemporaries like The Pixies have cashed in on reunion tours, Stinson predicted that despite lucrative offers, the cockeyed integrity that summarized The Replacement years, along with too many X factors (brother Bob died in 1994, drummer Mars is a successful painter, guitarist Slim Dunlop [sic] suffered a stroke recently, and the reclusive Westerberg remains holed up in his Minneapolis home, sporadically releasing basement recordings) would prevent any regrouping of the band. He disclosed, though, that he and Westerberg were collaborating on a track for a compilation of Dunlop [sic] songs to raise funds for his rehab.

"Paul and I always end up doing things together, but I don't think there's any point to a reunion," said Stinson. "There's such baggage, more so for Paul. I still think he's a little bummed out his career didn't skyrocket after the Mats broke up. He's had to deal with competing with his past, and for him it was kind of tough."
Yeah, so maybe this reunion thing isn't going to happen after all. But you know what they say, these things usually are "never" until they're "definitely." Plus, a helping hand for Slim is a lot more important at the moment.

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6 comments
WDS
WDS

Just get it together, play the songs maybe even write some new ones.  Every Mats album is better than anything GNR did... 

B.Mould
B.Mould

Replacements = Woefully overrated,mediocre talent,noisy & annoying,20 years past their prime...Call it a day & get a job guys.

Axl Tulip
Axl Tulip

Even if these continued potshots back & forth between Stinson & Westerberg are an inside joke between them (which I'm not so sure about anymore), it's in poor form to put this crap out now when the focus should be on Slim. Do a reunion or don't, but growing up clearly won't be part of the plan either way.

Slimak
Slimak

Get your shit together and play a GD song!  You were, and kind of still are my favorite band.  Get over your high school BS.

Reedbooksmore
Reedbooksmore

It's funny that the guy who now plays in a hack version of G'n'R is painting such a grim prospect for his own bands reunion. Remember, anything is possible... right Tommy? 

Jeff New
Jeff New

You know, for a band who used to have a Devil-May-Care attitude and would routinely fly by the seat of their pants, it's just a little disappointing for us diehard Mats fans when they let these seemingly petty differences interrupt what could be a good thing. None of us in that generation are getting any younger, including the band members, so what a age-defying few hours it would be if us Sons of No One, the Bastards of Young could rage on with our old pied pipers of song again. Especially if it was for a grand cause.

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