The Replacements have played their last gig together according to band member Paul Westerberg.
It is reported that Westerberg told fans from the stage at Primavera Porto yesterday (June 5) that the festival show would be the last time he and his bandmates play together before smashing his guitar. He described the group as “lazy bastards to the end” after admitting that they chose to stay in their hotel rather than soundcheck for the gig.
This follows the news that the band have axed two gigs scheduled to take place in July.
Westerberg has suggested at an unease with the band’s reunion and comeback gigs with a series of t-shirts worn at recent gigs spelling out the message “I have always loved you. Now I must whore my past” one letter at a time.
However, there was talk of new material from the band with co-manager Darren Hill saying earlier this year that the group have laid down “seven or eight” new songs.
The Replacements played their first UK gig in 24 years earlier this week (June 2), as they made their first of two appearances at London’s Roundhouse venue.
The Replacements formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1979 and played their final live show before breaking up in Chicago on July 21, 1991. They have since been hailed as an influence by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, who said attending a Replacements gig “changed my whole life”, as well as by The Cribs, The Goo Goo Dolls and They Might Be Giants. The band’s original lead guitarist Bob Stinson, older brother of Tommy, passed away in 1995.