22 years ago, one of the bands instrumental in shaping modern alt-rock, The Replacements, played their last ever show in Chicago on July 4th. Yet even though they stopped playing music in 1991, it's almost like they've never been away, being a huge influence on nearly every alt-rock band going from Green Day to The Cribs, even being given a tribute in the form of a They Might Be Giants track.

Last year, there was a kind of reunion in a covers EP created to raise money to help guitarist Slim Dunlap who had recently suffered a stroke but it was nothing official. Today, however, the band have confirmed headline slots at Riot Fests in Chicago, Toronto, and Denver, featuring a line up that will definitely include Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson although the rest is yet to be confirmed.

The three festivals, taking place towards the end of August and start of September, are set to also feature the likes of Iggy & The Stooges, Dinosaur Jr., Guided by Voices, Yo La Tengo and a bunch more but it's the fact that these alt-rock pioneers are going to be playing live again, albeit probably with a bit of a line up reshuffle, that has most people excited.