American alt-rock/punk artist Tommy Stinson began his career playing bass for The Replacements while still a teenager. Trafficking in hardcore during the early '80s, the...More
American alt-rock/punk artist Tommy Stinson began his career playing bass for The Replacements while still a teenager. Trafficking in hardcore during the early '80s, the band released their debut LP, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash in 1981, followed by the Stink EP in 1982. By their second LP, 1983's Hootenanny, The Replacements were experimenting with other rock subgenres and moving towards their definitively raw alt-rock sound. That same year, Stinson dropped out of tenth grade for the band's first US tour. He stayed with the band until their dissolution in 1991, appearing on classic albums Let It Be, Tim, Pleased to Meet Me, and Don't Tell a Soul.
Stinson's post-Replacements career included time as the frontman of Bash & Pop and Perfect. From 1998-2016, he served as the bass player for Guns N' Roses. He released Village Gorilla Head, his first solo outing, in 2004. Stinson has also performed live and on recordings by Soul Asylum and appeared on Most Messed Up, the 2014 LP by The Old 97's. Stinson joined The Replacements for their 2012 reunion and also teamed up in the studio with frontman Paul Westerberg for a limited edition EP called Songs for Slim, a benefit release for former bandmate Slim Dunlap. This November, he embarks on a West Coast tour alongside Chip Roberts.