The Replacements to play first live shows in 22 years

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has said attending a Replacements gig 'changed my whole life'

The Replacements are to play live for the first time since 1991.

The influential US band have confirmed headline slots at three dates on North American alt-rock roadshow Riot Fest. They’ll make their live comeback at the Toronto leg, which takes place from August 24-25, before topping the bill in Chicago, which runs from September 13-15, and Denver, which spans September 21-22.

The band’s live line-up will include founding members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, who reunited last October (2012) to record a limited edition covers EP. Just 250 copies were pressed on 10″ vinyl before being auctioned off to help pay the medical bills of the band’s former guitarist Slim Dunlap, who died of a stroke earlier in the year.


The rest of the band’s line-up for the Riot Fest dates will be confirmed nearer to the time.

The Replacements formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1979 and went on to release seven studio albums, the most successful of which, 1989’s ‘Don’t Tell A Soul’, peaked at Number 59 on the US albums chart. The band played their final show in Chicago on July 21, 1991 and have since been hailed as an influence by Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong, who said attending a Replacements gig “changed by whole life”, as well as The Cribs, The Goo Goo Dolls and They Might Be Giants.