Published Jun 20, 2013We understand if you're a little skeptical to learn that Sean Tillman is the new guitarist of the Replacements. After all, he's most widely recognized as Har Mar Superstar, a flamboyant R&B singer known for his lust-fuelled ways. Nevertheless, Spin reported today (June 20) that Tillman will be replacing guitarist Slim Dunlap — who suffered a stroke last year — during the band's upcoming reunion shows.
This morning, journalist Jessica Hopper (a Spin contributor) tweeted, "Just confirmed it, he's not joking: @HarMarSuperstar is the new guitar player in the re-united Replacements." She subsequently elaborated that she knew Tillman back in high school, and that she had called him to confirm the news.
The Minnesota-born Tillman added fuel to the fire on his Twitter feed, writing, "Heading into my first Mats rehearsal! Wish me luck. #ThisIsInsane." He later added, "Don't get too excited, guys. I could still totally fuck this up!"
However, Har Mar quickly revealed it was all a joke that went too far. He tweeted, "I'm totally NOT in The Replacements, guys. I was just messing around. The joke got out of hand. Plus, I'm pretty crappy at guitar. Ha! Apologies to @jesshopp and @SPINmagazine. I thought you were in on the joke. Oopsies. I am, however, playing tambourine in Hüsker Dü this fall."
A possible Replacements reunion has been buzzed-about for years, but it became a reality earlier this year when frontman Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson teamed up for a covers EP to raise funds for Dunlap's recovery. They recently announced plans to bring their reunion to the stage for the travelling Riot Fest 2013, which will spring through Toronto (August 24 and 25), Chicago (September 13 to 15), and Denver (September 21 and 22).
However, at this point it's unclear who will back Westerberg and Stinson.