Har Mar Superstar won’t be playing guitar for the newly reformed Replacements. The elaborate prank (that got the better of us) was reported on Thursday (June 20) by SPIN scribe Jessica Hopper, who tweeted, “Just confirmed it, he’s not joking: @HarMarSuperstar is the new guitar player in the re-united Replacements.” Soon after word got out, the Minnesota-bred songwriter posted the following tweet: “Heading into my first Mats rehearsal! Wish me luck. #ThisIsInsane”.
Hopper followed up her earlier update with a post on Facebook reading, “Well, that was a curious event. Sean was just punking me/you/us about joining the Replacements. Good thing no one wrote, like, news items about it.” Even Flea had been fooled:
So amazed and excited that @HarMarSuperstar is the new guitarist for the replacements! Yay Minnesota!!!
— Flea (@flea333) June 20, 2013
The Minneapolis punk heroes recently announced that they’ll take the stage for the first time in 22 years to headline Riot Fest 2013. The traveling showcase will hit three cities: Toronto (August 24 and 25), Chicago (September 13 to 15), and Denver (September 21 and 22). The Replacements’ revived roster features frontman Paul Westerberg, bassist Tommy Stinson, and not Har Mar Superstar. It remains to be seen if former drummer Chris Mars will rejoin.
The group’s reunion was born out of recording sessions for this year’s Songs for Slim EP. Westerberg and Stinson laid down four tracks in an effort to raise money for former ‘Mats guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2012. Mars contributed a fifth song to the collection separate from his onetime comrades. The short-player went up for auction back in January, and pulled in more than $100,000. The charity campaign has continued as a monthly split 7-inch series. The latest entry featured X’s John Doe as well as Deer Tick with Vanessa Carlton and Local H’s Scott Lucas.
As for Har Mar Superstar’s recent activity, the man born Sean Tillmann released his fifth album, Bye Bye 17, earlier this year and also appeared on “Take the Lead,” a track featured on Peninsula, the upcoming LP from Denver Dalley’s Statistics solo project. He hosts a monthly interview podcast as well, Nocturnal Emotions, and toured last year with recent SPIN feature star Father John Misty. Also, he’s a dirty liar.