The Replacements cancel sold-out LC Pavilion concert

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

"It makes no sense to apologize," the Replacements Paul Westerberg once sang on "Never Mind." Yet the band struck a conciliatory tone in a Facebook post announcing that a pair of postponed dates - including a stop at LC Pavilion initially scheduled to take place May 6 - are now canceled.

"The Replacements regret to inform our friends in Pittsburgh and Columbus that the shows that were originally scheduled for May 5 & 6 will have to be canceled," wrote the band, which reformed in October 2012 following a 21-year absence and had been touring with original members Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson. "We've explored every possibility to reschedule these shows within the window of opportunity but prior commitments and conflicts have prevented us from doing so.

"All tickets purchased for these shows will be refunded at the point of purchase. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and hope that we can come back in the future and make it up to you."

The '80s alt-rockers, who wrapped up the 13-date "Back By Unpopular Demand" tour with a May 9 show in Philadelphia, initially postponed the sold-out Columbus date due to an illness striking Westerberg.

For the time being, the only remaining Replacements dates are now scheduled to take place overseas, beginning with a May 28 concert at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain, and wrapping up June 5 at Primavera Sound in Portugal.