Yeah, you may well be sitting there thinking, “Well that’s the stupidest headline I’ve ever read”. But only because you didn’t see the one(s) saying that Har Mar Superstar actually was joining The Replacements.
The alt-rock band’s Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson announced earlier this month that they would reform for shows later this year to help raise money for the medical treatment of former guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke in 2012. Obviously Dunlap would not be involved, and last week Har Mar announced on Twitter that he had stepped in to take his place. Even though as far as we know Har Mar doesn’t play guitar.
But in the face of much scoffing, Spin writer and friend of the singer, Jessica Hopper, called him up and he confirmed it to her, so she promptly fired off a news story for the site. He then started tweeting that he was heading into a rehearsal and that he “could still totally fuck this up”.
It was only later that his conscience got the better of him and he caved, admitting that it had all been a ruse and the joke had “got out of hand”, as more websites began reporting his new appointment. “I am, however, playing tambourine in Hüsker Dü this fall”, he added. He also apologised for putting his “old friend’s journalistic integrity at risk”.
All’s well that ends well, eh?
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