Paul Westerberg Announces the End of The Replacements
Turn out the lights, the party's over.
The announcement confirms rumors that had begun to spread during the reunited band’s spring and summer tour, during which Westerberg wore a different shirt bearing a spray-painted letter every night. The letters combined to say “I have always loved you. Now I must whore my past.”
The seminal indie rock band reformed in 2012 after a twenty-one-year breakup to record a tribute to former guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke that year. After playing the Toronto, Chicago, and Denver installments of Riot Fest in 2013, they went on to play a number of one-offs that eventually culminated in this tour.
The group formed in Minneapolis in 1979 and released seven albums over the course of eleven years, influencing brainy, down-and-out punks from Nirvana to The Hold Steady.