Replacements confirm reunion lineup

ReplacementsReunionThe Replacements have confirmed the lineup for what will be their first live shows together in 22 years. The first gig will take place in Toronto next Sunday, 25th August.

Founder members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson announced in June that they would play some reunion shows as The Replacements for the first time since 1991. They will be joined by drummer Josh Freese and guitarist Dave Minehan.

Freese and Stinson have already played together as part of the Guns N Roses lineup that toured and recorded in the late 90s, and Freese and Minehan have played with Westerberg as part of his solo shows in the early 90s.

The Toronto gig is one of a three-show headlining slot as part of the American alternative rock roadshow, Riot Fest. The second leg comes in Chicago on September 15th and the third in Denver on September 21st.

Duff McKagan: This Isn’t About Axl Rose

Ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan has spoken out about the bands’ induction into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame today, insisting that it has nothing to do with Axl Rose’s decision not to attend the ceremony.

Rose released a statement earlier this week explaining his decision to stay away from the event and asking not to be inducted ‘in absentia.’ But McKagan, writing on, said:

“In the end, it’s not about who does or doesn’t show up from the original band, and I back whatever reason this guy or that has for not coming. It’s all good. The songs are the important bit here… and the message they most certainly still must carry.”

Until last week, rumours suggested that the original line up of Guns N’ Roses would get back together to perform at the induction ceremony. Former band members, Slash, Steven Adler and Matt Sorum are all thought to be attending the event this evening, but a performance is unlikely.

Manic Street Preachers new album details

Manic Street Preachers have released details of their new album. Titled Postcards From A Young Man, the LP is due for release on 27th September.

The track listing is as follows:

(It’s Not War) Just The End Of Love
Postcards From A Young Man
Some Kind Of Nothingness
The Descent – (Pages 1 & 2)
Hazleton Avenue
Golden Platitudes
I Think I’ve Found It
A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun
All We Make Is Entertainment
The Future Has Been Here 4 Ever
Don’t Be Evil

The band have also revealed that the follow up to 2009’s Journal For Plague Lovers will feature guest appearances from Echo and The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch and ex Guns ‘N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan on the tracks Some Kind of Nothingness and A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun respectively.

A single released of (It’s Not War) Just The End Of Love will preceed the album on 20th September.