The Replacements are reuniting for Riot Fest 2013 in Chicago, Toronto & Denver!

Music News | Jun 12th, 2013

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Holy Crap! The Replacements are back and playing Riot Fest in Chicago, Toronto, and Denver! This news is a bit shocking but not entirely considering guys in the Replacements came together to release an EP for Slim Dunlap who had a stroke in February of 2012. I won’t be able to go to Chicago sadly, but seriously considering taking a road trip to Toronto for the weekend to see them play! This is awesome news!

Seminal Minneapolis punk band The Replacements have reunited to play Riot Fest after a 22-year absence from the stage. It all began last fall, when the band got together to pay tribute to and help out former guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke in February of 2012. The great connection in the studio led to the band deciding to return to the stage and have some fun.

According to founding bassist Tommy Stinson, the band never actually broke up. He’s often said that they simply walked off the stage near the end of their now-legendary last show in Grant Park in Chicago on July 4, 1991 and hadn’t gone back yet.

The Replacements join the Chicago line-up featuring Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, Violent Femmes, Motorhead, Rancid, Blondie, Public Enemy, Rocket from the Crypt and a slew of other bands.

On a mission to create a punk rock state fair, this amazing 3-day festival takes place in historic Humboldt Park in Chicago, where a Ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl, fire eaters, Lucha Libre and other attractions nestle in a gorgeous setting. Lagoons, shade trees and lovely fields yield to a stunning view of the Chicago skyline.

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Riot Fest returns to Toronto for it’s second year, with an incredible line-up featuring The Replacements, Iggy & the Stooges, A Day To Remember, Pierce the Veil, Every Time I Die, Rocket from the Crypt, Dinosaur Jr, Best Coast, Mayday Parade, Grade, The Ghost Inside, Structures, Real Friends, The Flatliners and Single Mothers at Fort York in Toronto, located at 100 Garrison Road, M5V 3K9, 416/392-6907.

Canada’s Exclaim Magazine praised the inaugeral Riot Fest in 2012, saying “There is no question Riot Fest delivered a day of great punk music…Each band got the spotlight they deserved, giving fans a great show…”
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Riot Fest arrives in Denver for two days at May Farms in Byers, Colorado, a beautiful working farm that includes space for camping. The line-up is stellar: The Replacements, Blink 182, Iggy and The Stooges, Rancid, AFI, Public Enemy, Brand New, Airborne Toxic Event, AWOLNATION, Guided by Voices, FLAG, Rocket From The Crypt, Bad Religion, Matt & Kim, The Dismemberment Plan, Alkaline Trio, Superchunk, Yo La Tengo, AgainstMe!, Best Coast, Minus the Bear, Naked Raygun, The Stranglers, Stars, Capital Cities, Breathe Carolina, The Dear Hunter, Bosnian Rainbows, This Will Destroy You, Wovenhand, Lydia, Peelander-Z, Touche Amore, Off With Their Heads, Single Mothers, Kitten, Kongos, New Beat Fund and more to be announced. May Farms is located at 64001 US Highway 36, Byers, CO, 80103. The phone is 303/822-5800, visit their website at Tickets:

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