Brandon Wetherbee is the host of You, Me, Them, Everybody. You, Me, Them, Everybody is a talk show/podcast that doesn’t suck and features a lot of talk about The Replacements and Kanye West.
The Replacements are getting back together! Awesome! They’ll play the songs that they haven’t played in more than 20 years to a whole new generation of fans! This is kinda cool!
This happens every time.
In 2013 they’ll headline festivals.
In 2014 they’ll play multiple nights in theaters in major markets. They’ll also release a DVD/CD combo of the first big reunion show. It’ll be called Bastards Of Young: The Replacements Need Money or have some other cheeky title.
In 2015 they’ll play multiple nights in clubs in second-tier markets. Paul Westerberg will also release an acoustic album of new songs and covers. He’ll give interviews and say that’s his real passion.
In 2016 they’ll come back to major markets, but this time in clubs and for one-night only. The second part of the year will find Westerberg on a solo acoustic tour playing songs from the new album after performing Let It Be from start to finish.
From 2017-2023 they’ll go on the occasional tour, releasing only two new songs as a seven-inch available on Record Store Day.
This is all O.K. This is what happens. Bands need money. Money comes from touring. Abstract ideas like integrity and a perfect catalogue mean nothing. Tangible things like having enough money to see a doctor and maybe even retire comfortably are important.
This is what happened to the Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. and Ministry and The Stooges and Iggy and the Stooges. We’re all better for it.
Sometimes bands get back together for no other reason than fun. That’s O.K. too. Pulp did this. Blur is doing this.
Sometimes bands slowly grow back together because one dude doesn’t like people liking him but drugs work so he’s getting over it. This happened with Neutral Milk Hotel.
Sometimes a band slowly dissolves into a solo project with no original members because no one man can have all that power. This happened with The Smashing Pumpkins.
Sometimes bands get together for two nights for one song because a Beatle wants to play a cigarbox guitar. This is what happened with Nirvana.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oh1eDSLKomU
Sometimes a solo project disguised as a band “breaks-up” and goes back on the road four years
later. This is what Nine Inch Nails is doing.
Sometimes remnants of the original band that became a new band are back on the road even though the principal songwriter is gone. This is what New Order is doing.
No one stays broken up. Sure, the original lineup isn’t there, usually because of things like death and destruction of internal organs, but some form of the group is there. Or a hologram. Sometimes you’re watching a man perform with a Tupac hologram.
The Replacements and Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. and all of these acts deserve to be happy. It’s great that the summer music festival industry is giving influential artists a chance to become financially stable. Just don’t talk about cred. Cred is bullshit. The Replacements have as much cred as KISS.
ABBA is the only act with cred. ABBA turned down $1 billion dollars to reunite. That’s cred. That’s some Dr. Evil level shit.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful night.
The Replacements’ bassist Tommy Stinson has been in Guns N’ Roses since 1998. This didn’t fit in anywhere else, I just wanted you to remember that the bassist for The Replacements is the bassist on Chinese Democracy.