If you’re a Replacements fan, by now you’ve grown tired waiting by that archaic answering machine for Minneapolis’ own recluse Mr. Paul Westerberg to call. But, today’s your lucky day. In a recent, exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, Westerberg discussed the idea of a Replacements reunion, his thoughts on writing new music, and an alleged box set in the works.
“I don’t know, man,” Westerberg tells Rolling Stone. “You catch me on one day and I think, ‘Oh hell, why not?’ Tommy [Stinson] has never stopped. He’s a performer. I’m more of a writer-artist, though I perform as well or at least I used to. But, God . . . I don’t know.” He goes on to ask the age-old question amongst fans, “Who are the Replacements?”
No real answer is given, which leads many to doubt the likelihood of such an event. And while fans shouldn’t expect new material from Westerberg (“I have enough stuff to release one tomorrow, but why bother?”) - whose most recent release dates back to last October and under the hilarious pseudonym, Mr. F – they might want to start saving up for a prospective box set. Recently, in addition to playing the saxophone (?), the old bard has been scourging through dusty ol’ boxes of demos.
“I found one song I never put on anything for people to hear,” he continues. “Then I dug deeper and found the original ‘Good Day’ [from his 1996 solo LP Eventually]. That pretty much stunned me. I have to close this box set pretty soon because this could take the rest of my life just going through all these things and going, ‘God, why was that there.'”
No word on when he’ll officially close the box, or whether we’ll ever see a release date, but stay tuned. As for the reunion, it might be best to consult this guy. Otherwise, at this point, it’s pretty unlikely.