The Replacements have debuted a new song on their first US tour since reuniting in 2013.
The Minneapolis band kicked off the tour at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre on April 10 and have been playing new track ‘Whole Food Blues’ at dates since. Fan-shot footage of the song has now surfaced online. You can watch it at the top of the page, via Consequence Of Sound.
Last week, the band were revealed to be recording new material. Their co-manager Darren Hill has told Billboard that the group have laid down “seven or eight” new songs.
“It just a question of what the band wants to ultimately do with them,” says Hill. Speaking about switching between live dates and studio time, he added: “It’s really difficult to shift modes, but the good news is that the band is really gelling, and that’s got to translate when they go back in to the studio.”
The Replacements released an eight-disc boxset comprising their entire back catalogue earlier this month. ‘The Complete Studio Albums 1981-1990’ features the US band’s seven albums plus the 1982 EP ‘Stink’. The albums are identical to the remastered deluxe editions which were released in 2008.
The band play live in London at the Roundhouse on June 2 and 3, following their performance at Spain’s Primavera festival. Founding members Westerberg and Tommy Stinson have been joined in the reunion line-up by well-known session musicians Josh Freese and Dave Minehan.
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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.