The Replacements release new track “Poke Me In My Cage”

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The Replacements have released a new song!

Though it may not be quite what you were expecting from the newly reformed band.

“Poke Me In My Cage” appeared on SoundCloud last week with very little fanfare, and is a 24 minute jazz improv jam written by ‘Mats main men Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson. It was recorded at Wooly Mammoth Sound in Waltham, Massachusetts.

The track went live on the 17th of December on what would have been Replacements founder and lead guitarist Bob Stinson’s 55th birthday, though whether the song is intended as a tribute has not been confirmed. Stinson died in 1995.

Westerberg has been teasing a new album from The Replacements in recent weeks, telling Rolling Stone that he already has a few tracks written that could be used on a new LP.

Watch this space, and listen to “Poke Me In My Cage” below:

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The Replacements gearing up for new album?

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Rumours are rife that The Replacements are planning a new studio album.

It would be their first since 1990’s All Shook Down and, according to Rolling Stone, the Minneapolis legends already have several songs written.

Frontman Paul Westerberg has apparently revealed two new song titles, including “Are You In It For The Money?” and “Dead Guitar Player”, perhaps a reference to the group’s original lead guitarist, Bob Stinson, who died in 1995.

Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson last year teamed up with drummer Josh Freese and guitarist Dave Minehan for a set of North American dates, including a headline slot at April’s Coachella and RiotFest.

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Duff McKagan to rejoin Guns N’ Roses?

Duff McKaganDuff McKagan has hinted that he will join his former band, Guns N’ Roses, onstage in South America later this month.

McKagan tweeted a picture of a handwritten set list featuring Guns N’ Roses songs.

The accompanying caption read: “Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil! See y’all in the next few weeks, Si? GNR.”

The bass player officially left Guns N’ Roses in 1997, and in recent years bass duties have been undertaken by Tommy Stinson. Stinson will be unable to play the South American dates, however, as he will be joining his bandmates in The Replacements to perform a run of reunion shows, including the Coachella festival in California.

McKagan last played onstage with Guns N’ Roses at London’s O2 Arena in 2010, while his own band, Loaded, have opened shows for Axl Rose during 2011.

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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.