Tommy Stinson was recently interviewed by Elmore Magazine where he talked about his current band Bash & Pop and former bands The Replacements and Guns N’ Roses. Stinson served as the band’s bassist from 1998 to 2014.
Below is what he had to say about Guns N’ Roses
“EM: I first saw you with the Replacements opening for Tom Petty in the late 80’s. It was a wild, raucous set, and seemed like it could fall apart at any moment, which made it really exciting. It seems like you still keep that spirit alive.
TS: Well, yes and no. I like the emotion of music and what it does. Obviously I’ve never been a faker. I was in Guns & Roses for 17 years, and that pretty much ran on emotion as well. I’ve always gravitated to the emotional side of music, as opposed to some of my peers. When we were opening for R.E.M in the 80’s they always sounded the same every night. I remember thinking that it was special that we didn’t and that we had some kind of different spark, albeit sometimes self-deprecating and self-defeating. I liked it more. We never could’ve played the same set twice like those guys. (Laughs) They had that show business thing down, but we never really subscribed to that…
EM: What can you tell me about working with Guns & Roses? How did you get that gig?
TS: My buddy Josh Freese was playing in the band. It was sort of a lark that I even went and auditioned. But it was a great run for me, a great 17 years of my life that I put into that. I’m thankful for it. I know all those guys and am friends with them. Duff and I met about halfway through and we discovered that we had a lot in common, for example his band opened for the Replacements back in the day. It was a great experience for me and I have nothing but good things to say about it. Axl Rose is pretty solid as a guy. If you’re on his good side, he’s got your back. We had our ups and downs, but ultimately my experience with him was great.”