July 4, 1991: The band’s original run ends with an unceremonious final gig at Taste of Chicago.
Sept. 23, 2007: Frontman Paul Westerberg plays his last live show for six years, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame video series taping at First Avenue.
Feb. 19, 2012: Guitarist Bob “Slim” Dunlap suffers a severe stroke that leaves him paralyzed.
September 2012: Westerberg and Tommy Stinson record a four-song EP in one day at Ed Ackerson’s Flowers Studio to kick off the “Songs for Slim” benefit series.
Jan. 15, 2013: Only 250 signed vinyl copies of the Replacements EP go up for auction via eBay. They raise $106,000.
June 12, 2013: Tweet from @RiotFest: “Holy [expletive]. We’re getting the band back together.” Hours later, amid a social media blitz, the ’Mats are confirmed to play RiotFests in Toronto, Chicago and Denver.
Aug. 16, 2013: Ex-Westerberg sidemen Josh Freese (drums) and David Minehan (guitar) are publicly named the replacement Replacements.
Aug. 25, 2013: Toronto’s RiotFest. First show, first words to fans: “Sorry it took so long. For 25 years, we’ve been having a wardrobe debate.”
April 11: First of two sets at Coachella, first of the band’s 13 festival gigs for the year.
May 3: All 13,000 or so tickets to the band’s first Twin Cities show in 23 years at Midway Stadium — and their only non-festival performance — sell out within 10 minutes. Many fans never even got through online.
May 4: “Most rock acts would consider it a no-brainer to go for two [concerts],” the Star Tribune reports/prods. Nice try.