I don’t know. This sounds like hype to promote the first round of Replacements reissues that are coming out tomorrow, but according to Billboard, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson are (once again) leaving the door open for a reunion. At least, Tommy’s into it: “I think Paul and I have something to offer each other still. I think that’s pretty obvious when we get together.”
Westerberg? Maybe not so much:
“I’m very hesitant about dragging the name out there and what damage we could do to the legend,” Westerberg offers. “Whatever we did, someone would want something else. If I went up there straight, they’d want us wasted. If we were fucked up, they’d want us to be this or that.
“But, I don’t know,” he continues. “The records hold the key to the whole thing. So if I was ever going to play, I’d like to play once the whole shooting match is out, because I don’t think I could physically get up there and bellow these 18 songs (from) that first record. That’s just sheer youth there. I can’t find that in a bottle or a pill. I’m just too creaky for that.”
Just like back in 2006 when they recorded two new songs for their best of compilation, Josh Freese would sit behind the drums. Now, Billboard is claiming “an unnamed lead guitarist” would round out the lineup. Slim Dunlap, who replaced Bob Stinson, is not even mentioned as a possibility.