Paul Westerberg

Born Dec 31, 1959

Paul Westerberg is an American musician, best known as the former lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter in The Replacements, one of the seminal alternative rock bands of the 1980s. He launched a solo career after the dissolution of that band. In recent years, he has cultivated a more independent-minded approach, primarily recording his music at home in his basement.… Read More

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  • Westerberg And Hatfield Aim For The Heart With 'wild Stab'
    NPR - Feb 15, 2016
  • Music: Great Job, Internet!: Hear The Replacements’ Full Set From Riot Fest In Chicago 
    A.V. Club - Sep 18, 2013
  • Replacements At Riot Fest Concert Review
    Chicago Times - Sep 16, 2013
  • After Two Decade Hiatus, A Matured Replacements Return To Rock
    Yahoo News - Sep 14, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Westerberg.


1959 Birth Born on December 31, 1959.


1991 31 Years Old The band broke up in 1991. … Read More
1992 32 Years Old Westerberg's first official work appeared in the form of two songs, "Waiting For Somebody" and "Dyslexic Heart", for the soundtrack to the 1992 Cameron Crowe film Singles, for which he is also credited with composing and performing the score. … Read More
1994 34 Years Old During the interim between solo albums, Westerberg songs appeared on Melrose Place ("A Star Is Bored") and Friends (his cover of Jonathan Edwards' "Sunshine" and "Stain Yer Blood") television soundtracks, in 1994 and 1995 respectively. … Read More
1996 36 Years Old In 1996, he released his second solo album, the appropriately titled Eventually, which was tepidly received by critics and had modest sales. … Read More


2002 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Westerberg then quit the major label circuit and disappeared for three years before staging a major comeback in 2002. … Read More
2005 45 Years Old In December 2005, Westerberg reconvened with Tommy Stinson and Chris Mars to record two new songs for a compilation titled Don't You Know Who I Think I Was?, which was released in 2006.
2006 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, Westerberg took on the challenge of writing a collection of songs for the animated film Open Season. … Read More
On July 17, 2008 it was announced that on "June 49" (July 19) Paul Westerberg would release an album with 49 minutes' worth of music for 49 cents. … Read More
2009 49 Years Old On September 22, 2009, Westerberg released an EP titled PW & The Ghost Gloves Cat Wing Joy Boys with six songs: "Ghost on the Canvas," "Drop Them Gloves," "Good as the Cat," "Love on the Wing", "Gimmie Little Joy" and "Dangerous Boys".


2010 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Upon Alex Chilton's death in March 2010, Westerberg wrote a eulogy for one of his biggest influences that appeared in The New York Times.
2011 51 Years Old Westerberg appeared in the video for the title track of Glen Campbell's 2011 farewell to studio recording, a cover of Ghost on the Canvas (which Westerberg wrote in 2009).
2013 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In the online, May 24, 2013 version of the New York Times' Measure for Measure feature, he set forth his songwriting creed, which privileges the virtues of inspiration and spontaneity over gradually developing and revising a song.
2014 54 Years Old …  They divorced in 2014.
2015 55 Years Old In late 2015, Westerberg announced that he had formed a new band called The I Don't Cares with musician Juliana Hatfield. Their debut album "Wild Stab" was released in January 2016.
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