Paul Westerberg
American musician
Paul Westerberg
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.
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Westerberg And Hatfield Aim For The Heart With 'Wild Stab'
NPR - about 1 year
The debut album by the I Don't Cares features two familiar voices — Paul Westerberg and the singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the songs on Wild Stab "will grab you."
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Music: Great Job, Internet!: Hear The Replacements’ full set from Riot Fest in Chicago 
A.V. Club - over 3 years
This year’s edition of Riot Fest Chicago was one long preamble to the main event on Sunday night: a headlining set from The Replacements, featuring Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson with The Neighborhoods’ Dave Minehan on guitar and Josh Freese on drums rounding out the band. It was their first performance in Chicago in 22 years, since they broke up during a performance in 1991 at Taste Of Chicago in Grant Park, which at the time was broadcast live on the radio. In case you couldn’t make it to Toronto or Chicago, or to Denver this upcoming weekend for the band’s Riot Fest performances, The Barn has the entire 24-song set from Humboldt Park available to stream and download, and it's respectable quality with only minor crowd noise interruptions. Take a look at the career-spanning setlist below, which wouldn’t be complete without a few covers. Read more     
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Replacements at Riot Fest concert review
Chicago Times - over 3 years
“I’m an old hand at this,” the Replacements’ Paul Westerberg cracked as he ripped out and threw away a clock at his feet that was supposed to keep him from blowing curfew Sunday at rain-soaked Riot Fest in Humboldt Park. “I’m a music business professional.”    
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After two-decade hiatus, a matured Replacements return to rock
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Rob Cox NEW YORK (Reuters) - The velvet curtain had yet to open at the Ritz night club in New York's East Village when the opening riff of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" thundered over the rowdy crowd. Paul Westerberg emerged stage right with a guitar strapped around him before the curtain parted, and the Replacements, long on critical acclaim but without great commercial success, played what punk rock cognoscenti regard as one of the greatest concerts ever. That show, on June 21, 1986, was sloppy, raucous and unpredictable. ...
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Top weekend show: Replacements at Riot Fest
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Replacements: The revered if ever-mercurial Minneapolis band broke up on stage at a Grant Park show in 1991. Now founding members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson are back for one of only three reunion concerts (at least for now), 9:15 p.m. Sunday at Riot Fest, Humboldt Park, 1440 N Humboldt Dr., $59.98; riotfest.org .    
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Replacements Reunite At Toronto's Riot Fest, First Show In 22 Years
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's easy to forget that the Replacements used to be a punk band. Those who witnessed their first live set in 22 years at Riot Fest in Toronto last night, however, will never forget that the Replacements used to be a punk band. As if taking their cue from Iggy and the Stooges, who played just prior, Paul Westerberg and co. brought a lot of loud and fast material to the fore on their way through an exuberant performance few would have thought likely a few short months ago. But it did happen, and it played out brilliantly. The 'Mats played an eclectic mix of old songs, made jokes, took requests, played covers, and forgot lyrics in just over 75-minutes onstage. . (O) /..../ /…./ /´¯/’…’/´¯¯\ /’/…/…./…/¨¯\ (…´…´…. ¯~/’…’) \……………../ \………...../ — The Replacements (@TheReplacements) August 25, 2013 "Takin' A Ride," the first song the Replacements played in front of an audience in over two decades, was fittingly the first track off of their debut "Sorry Ma, F ...
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The Replacements reunite to play three festival dates
Fox News - over 3 years
Singer song writer Paul Westerberg, bass player Tommy Stinson, and a drummer and guitarist to be named later, will play Riot Fest in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver in August and September.
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Paul Westerberg on How to Write an Ending
NYTimes - over 3 years
To fade or not to fade?
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50 Things Every Man Should Know How To Do By 50
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Change a tire, carve a turkey, ask for a raise. Last week we listed these as some of the things every woman should know how to do by age 50. But what about the men? Surely women aren’t the only half of the population who should be imbued with a certain amount of knowledge by the time they reach midlife. Throughout the past few days we have reached out to our male bloggers and Huff/Post 50 readers to find out what they thought every man should know how to do by the age of 50. "By the time a man turns 50, he should be able to be in touch with his feelings," Huff/Post50 blogger Mark Chimsky said. Blogger Bill Kelley said that, by 50, every man should "retire a story. Everyone you know has heard at least once about the time you saw the Replacements and Paul Westerberg nearly fell over." Blogger Al DeLuise said every man should "know how to shop for clothes. I was once given a list of specific stores not to buy from because apparently 50-year-olds don't wear Abercrombie shirts." ...
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David Wild: 'Celebrity:' A Playlist for the Premiere of $ellebrity
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
Tuesday night is our big Hollywood premiere for $ellebrity, an intriguing new feature documentary directed by Kevin Mazur about the price of fame today, and the way that the texture of celebrity has evolved -- or, it could be argued, de-evolved -- over time. As an executive producer of $ellebrity, I clearly hope that you see the film for which I interviewed Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Sheryl Crow, Elton John and Kid Rock, among others, about the good, the bad and the ugly of the fame game. Perhaps my very favorite quote in the film about celebrity today comes from Kid Rock, who imagines the Second Coming in a way that still has me laughing. $ellebrity can be seen in many cities this week -- or on Video On Demand if it does not hit the proverbial Theater Near You. To see a little preview of our movie (complete with Kid Rock's comment!) or even (incoming hint buy tickets, please go to www.sellebritythemovie.com. In the meantime, below find my play ...
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Q&A: Paul Westerberg on the Replacements Reunion and Being a Middle-Aged Rocker
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
When Paul Westerberg called Rolling Stone last week from his home in Minneapolis the plan was to discuss "My Road Now" (right-click to download) a slippery piano ballad he recently released But Westerberg also had some joyous news – he'd reformed the Replacements one of the best rock bands of...
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'Everybody Lies' by Kevin Bowe Featuring Paul Westerberg – Free MP3
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
Artist Kevin Bowe featuring Paul WesterbergSong "Everybody Lies"Album Natchez Trace "I've been pals with Paul Westerberg since about 1981 toured and recorded with him We have a long tradition of leaving 'gifts' for each other on the doorstep since he lives close by" Minneapolis rocker Kevin Bowe tells Rolling Stone "I...
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Music previews for the week of September 13-19. THURSDAY 9/13 HOT CHIP, YACHT (Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) See My, What a Busy Week! ADVENTURE GALLEY, MINDEN, SHY GIRLS (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Minden's record release show is headlined by Adventure Galley, whose lone EP, The Right Place to Be, is just as addictive today as when it was released two years ago. With inspiring synth hooks and '80s power chords behind a monolith of indie-rock vocals, they are poised to soundtrack a mid-'80s period piece about teenagers who find meaning by partaking in racy dancing. The unpolished vocals—at times halting, at times passionate—provide an alluring contrast with the lustrous production. Meanwhile, a new album is on the way, and advance track "Weekend Lovers" is on Soundcloud. Shy Girls is the project of Dan Vidmar, Ingmar Carlson, and Dan Sutherland, and it doesn't technically involve any girls, though it does sound quite a bit ...
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Video: Paul Westerberg pops up in Glen Campbell's new clip
USA Today - over 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-101979" href="/glen+campbell">Glen Campbell</a> just released a new video, and while that alone is reason to watch, there's a bonus:
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Paul Westerberg Using Glen Campbell As A Test of Interest - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - over 5 years
(Rock News Desk) Former Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg isn&#39;t sure anyone would buy a new solo album if he made one – and that&#39;s one of the reasons he contributed two tracks to country rock icon Glen Campbell&#39;s final record
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Westerberg
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 55
    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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  • 2014
    Age 54
    They divorced in 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 53
    His band, The Replacements, have since reunited, notably playing several dates at Riot Fest in 2013 and the Coachella Music Festival in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details He resides in Edina, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. His younger sister, Mary Lucia, is a DJ at local radio station 89.3 The Current. He is influenced by several artists, including Alex Chilton of Big Star, about whom he wrote a song on 1987's Pleased to Meet Me. Westerberg is a recovering alcoholic, reported to have been sober since 1990.
    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.
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  • 2011
    Age 51
    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).
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  • 2010
    Age 50
    In May 2010, he played "Dangerous Boys" and "Time Flies Tomorrow" standing on the visitors' dugout at Target Field for the documentary, 40 Nights of Rock & Roll.
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    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 49
    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".
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  • 2008
    Age 48
    On December 24, 2008, Westerberg released three songs; "Always in a Manger", "Streets of Laredo" and "D.G.T." on tunecore.com for $0.74.
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    On August 27, 2008, Westerberg released two new songs, "3oclockreep" and "Finally Here Once", on TuneCore.
    More Details Hide Details On September 13, 2008, another new song "Bored of Edukation" was released as an MP3 download on Amazon.com.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The album, 49:00... Of Your Time/Life, was released on July 21, 2008. A few weeks after 49:00 was released, it was taken down from Amazon.com and TuneCore store. In its place, Westerberg released a song titled "5:05" (in reference to the fact that 49:00 was really 43:55 long, 5:05 shorter than 49:00). From the lyrical content of "5:05," it is believed that 49:00 was recalled due to copyright issues in the ending cover medley.
  • 2006
    Age 46
    Seen on stage playing a First Act production model guitar, Westerberg joined creative forces with the Boston-based guitar manufacturer to create his signature edition PW580 in September 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Built with a red plaid pickguard, the guitar was designed to be "mean and lean".
    In 2006, Westerberg took on the challenge of writing a collection of songs for the animated film Open Season.
    More Details Hide Details In all, the soundtrack includes eight new Westerberg originals. It is unique in that two of the songs were covered by other artists. The track "Wild As I Wanna Be" is performed by Deathray, whereas Pete Yorn performs "I Belong (Reprise)." In addition, Tommy Stinson is featured playing bass on the songs "Love You in the Fall" and "Right to Arm Bears." The soundtrack also includes the song "Good Day" from Westerberg's solo album Eventually. The album is rounded out by two non-Westerberg originals, Deathray's own "I Wanna Lose Control (Uh Oh)" and the Talking Heads' 1986 hit "Wild Wild Life."
  • 2005
    Age 45
    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.
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  • 2002
    Age 42
    Westerberg contributed a cover of The Beatles' "Nowhere Man" for the 2002 soundtrack to the 2001 film I Am Sam.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, "Lookin' Up in Heaven" appears on the Starbucks sampler Hear Music, Vol. 10: Reveal, "Outta My System" can be found on Hot Stove, Cool Music, Vol. 1, and the Vagrant Records sampler Another Year on the Streets, Vol. 3 features "As Far As I Know." All three compilations were released in 2004.
    Westerberg then quit the major label circuit and disappeared for three years before staging a major comeback in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details With new management and a new independent label, Vagrant Records, he released two records simultaneously, Stereo and Mono (Mono being released under his alter ego Grandpaboy). Stereo and Mono were recorded in Westerberg's basement studio. They were acclaimed as his best works since the Replacements, and Westerberg became increasingly prolific, releasing Dead Man Shake (as Grandpaboy), Come Feel Me Tremble, and Folker all within the next two years to critical success.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1996
    Age 36
    In 1996, he released his second solo album, the appropriately titled Eventually, which was tepidly received by critics and had modest sales.
    More Details Hide Details It did yield the alternative radio hit, "Love Untold". Westerberg parted ways with Reprise Records and the following year chose to release songs that were more blues-influenced and less slickly produced under the name Grandpaboy. An EP and single were released by indie label Soundproof/Monolyth Records. His third album, Suicaine Gratifaction, is a piano-driven, melancholy, and highly personal work. The album was released on Capitol Records in 1999. The label was undergoing reorganization, and failed to push the album. Westerberg appeared on a fifth season episode of The Larry Sanders Show (entitled "Larry's New Love") performing "Ain't Got Me" from Eventually. The episode first aired on February 26, 1997. Westerberg also performed the song that same year on The Tonight Show hosted by Jay Leno.
  • 1994
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, "Dyslexic Heart" was used in Smart People movie trailer, a selection made by music supervisor Serena Undercofler. Westerberg co-wrote the song "Backlash" with Joan Jett for her 1991 album Notorious, and played guitar with her on a video of the song. He also recorded a duet with Jett ("Let's Do It") for the Tank Girl soundtrack (1994).
  • 1992
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The following year Reprise Records released his first solo album, 14 Songs.
  • 1991
    Age 31
    The band broke up in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Their final album, All Shook Down, was for all intents and purposes a Westerberg solo project. There are numerous guest performers and the other three members of the band (including Slim Dunlap, who had replaced Bob Stinson three years earlier to tour in support of Pleased to Meet Me) made minimal contributions. Mars left the band during this project. After touring for the album (which was critically well-received) with replacement Replacements, Westerberg and Stinson went their separate ways.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Born on December 31, 1959.
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