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After the Replacements disbanded, Foley joined his brother Kevin in Tommy Stinson’s new group, Bash & Pop, which released one album, Friday Night Is Killing Me (1993). In 1997 Foley recorded Something Wonderful with Peter Lack in the band 69, later known as Wheelo.
Foley married in 2007 and lived in south Minneapolis. His across-the-street neighbor was Chris Mars; they both owned BMW motorcycles. Wheelo reassembled in late 2007 and practiced throughout 2008; according to a bandmate, “Steve’s last cymbal crash came down during a raucous, frenzied, and ridiculously silly jam in the key of ‘b’.” Foley had been sober for 15 years, but he had been medicated for depression and anxiety. He died at age 49 from an accidental drug overdose. Steve Foley is buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.
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Replacements Drummer Steve Foley Dies Of Overdose — (Allheadlinenews)
August 28, 2008 1:47 p.m. EST
Shannon Moore – Celebrity News Service
Minneapolis, MN (CNS) – Steve Foley, the drummer who played with the band the Replacements, died over the weekend reportedly after overdosing on prescription medication.
Foley, 49, played with the Replacements for the last year of the band’s career from 1990 to 1991. He was working as a car salesman when his co-workers went to check on him on Monday morning and found him dead in his home.
After the Replacements broke up, Foley and his brother, Kevin, joined the band Bash & Pop with bassist Tommy Stinson. The band released a critically acclaimed album Friday Night Is Killing Me with Sire/Reprise Records. Stinson is now a member of Guns ‘N Roses.
According to musicscene.org, Colleen Foley, his sister, told the press that Steve was “by-the-book sober” for about 15 years after finishing up his career with the Replacements, but that he struggled with depression and anxiety in the last couple of years.
Visitation will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel in Edina, Minnesota with a burial to follow after at Lakewood Cemetery.