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Title: Tommy Stinson
Post by: Backfromthedead on July 20, 2016, 11:16:11 AM

Hello me peeps!!!

Alas, I have come up with something fun to do this summer while waiting for my next record to come out in the new year.

Come say hello to COWBOYS IN THE CAMPFIRE, aka Chip “Sippy Fly” Roberts and I! You may remember Chip from playing most of the lead guitar on such albums as ‘One Man Mutiny’. Next week we will be embarking on our first outing: The SOUTHERN DANDIES TOUR 2016!

We’re gonna be getting into all kinds of musical shenanigans in all sorts of unexpected places with as few instruments as necessary. We’ll be playing new songs, old songs, maybe even some make-em’-up-on-the-spot songs. We’ll have friends join us on stage along the way, both old and new.

You are invited to OUR summer vacation! See ya there! No bermuda shorts please, we’ll save that for Jimmy Buffet vacation tour. Searsucker anything is a plus!

Also, my full-on rock band featuring Steve Selvidge, Joe Sirois, Justin Perkins and Tony Kieraldo will be playing XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, NJ w/ Ryan Adams & Kurt Vile THIS FRIDAY, July 22 and The Bowery Electric in NYC this coming Sunday, July 24 w/ Frankie Lee.

Peace, Love and Happiness!

 22 - Camden, NJ - XPoNential Music Festival @ BB&T Pavilion (Full Rock Band; w/ Ryan Adams & Kurt Vile)

24 - New York, NY - The Bowery Electric (Full Rock Band; w/ Frankie Lee)

27 - Rehoboth Beach, DE - Dogfish Head Brewpub (Free Show!)

28 - Washington, DC - Black Cat DC Backstage (w/ Foster Carrots)

29 - Richmond, VA - Gallery5 (w/ Long Arms)

30 - Chapel Hill, NC - The Cave (SOLD OUT)

31 - Athens, GA - Normaltown Hall (w/ Hank Sullivant & Kelley swindall)


01 - Nashville, TN - Fond Object Records

02 - Memphis, TN - Ardent Studios (Special Studio A Performance)

03 - St. Louis, MO - House Show

05 - Madison, WI - Kiki's House of Righteous Music (SOLD OUT)

06 - Appleton, WI - The Refuge (Mile of Music Festival Afterparty)

07 - Milwaukee, WI - Anodyne Coffee

09 - Chicago, IL - GMan Tavern

11 - Omaha, NE - House of Hi-Fi

17 - Ferndale, MI - Zeke's Rock And Roll BBQ (w/ John Speck)

18 - Kalamazoo, MI - Bell's Eccentric Cafe

19 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe (w/ Two Cow Garage & The Right Here)

20 - Glenshaw, PA - Liveburghstudio
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson "Cowboys in the campfire" tour 2016
Post by: Backfromthedead on August 02, 2016, 04:09:28 PM

TS: I have two things going on right now, I made a band record and it’s turning into exactly what I want it to and I’ll save the punch line for another time, but it’s been very satisfying. I love the energy you get from a band, that’s the most satisfying thing for me ever, and that should come out in the new year. I’m also very excited to be going out on tour with my buddy Chip Roberts from Philly who’s worked on a bunch of my stuff. We’re going out as Cowboys In the Campfire and we’re going to be out there writing stuff, playing shit on the spot and having a good time. Two of us in a van. It’s my paid vacation if you will, and I’m stoked about it. It’ll be a lot of fun.
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson "Cowboys in the campfire" tour 2016
Post by: Backfromthedead on August 18, 2016, 07:43:43 AM
Stinson has regrouped Bash & Pop, the band he formed in 1992 after the Replacements broke up and led until 1994, releasing one album. A new Bash & Pop record is in the can and due in January, with plans to play some shows later this year as well as next. "It's a band kind of record; that's why I decided to call it Bash & Pop," Stinson, who recorded the yet-untitled 12-song set at his home studio in Hudson, N.Y., tells Billboard. "We recorded everything as live as I could. I was missing that vibe with my last couple of solo records, so I really tried to hunker down and capture a moment, and I realized I was doing it with a really good band. So rather than call it Tommy Stinson, why not call it Bash & Pop?"

Stinson is previewing some of the songs this summer on the road with Cowboys in the Campfire, a duo he formed with his uncle-by-marriage Chip "Sippy Fly" Roberts. The two have talked about touring together for awhile, and the anything-goes shows give Stinson plenty of options each time the group plays -- including brand-new songs made up on the spot. 
"I can play everything from my catalog," says Stinson, whose Southern Dandies Tour has shows booked until Aug. 21. "It's low overhead, so it's been quite profitable as well as fun. We're working hard, and it's worked out pretty good. I haven't toured in a year due to some personal issues back home, and I need to work. It's my job. It's what I do. It feels good to get back to work."
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson "Cowboys in the campfire" tour 2016
Post by: Backfromthedead on September 21, 2016, 08:53:58 AM
On Nov 15th & 16th, the Heartbreakers' album "L.A.M.F." will be performed by
Walter Lure (Heartbreakers)
Wayne Kramer (MC 5)
Clem Burke (Blondie)
Tommy Stinson (Replacements)

Title: Re: Tommy Stinson "Cowboys in the campfire" tour 2016
Post by: Backfromthedead on September 22, 2016, 08:45:25 AM
More tour dates!

Title: Tommy Stinson reforms Bash & Pop
Post by: Backfromthedead on September 22, 2016, 09:21:16 AM
Tommy reformed his old outfit "Bash & Pop" for the new album (due out in 2017)!
You can pre-order via a Pledge Music campaign.

When The Replacements ended their 33-show reunion tour in June 2015, founding bassist Tommy Stinson walked away with his head held high. Armed with a pocketful of new songs and a clean slate, he holed up at his home studio in Hudson, NY and played solo tour dates with a group of A+ players/friends backing him, including Luther Dickinson, Frank Ferrer, Cat Popper, Steve Selvidge, and Joe “The Kid” Sirois. They had more fun than humans should be allowed to have, and over the next year and a half they pieced together a brand new record. A BAND record.

Here’s a list of my friends that I have to thank for helping to shape the new album:

Chip Roberts (one-400’s)
Steve “Sleeve” Selvidge (The Hold Steady, Big Ass Truck)
Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars, The Word)
Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses)
Joe “The Kid” Sirois (The Mighty Mighty BossToneS, Roll The Tanks)
Cat Popper (Jack White, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Jesse Malin, Winning Instagram)
Justin “Carl” Perkins (Screeching Weasel, Obsoletes)
Tony “Tone Tone” Kieraldo (Played at The White House twice!)
Ryder Cooley
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson
Post by: Backfromthedead on November 10, 2016, 11:27:11 AM
Along with the "On the Rocks" video, Stinson also unveiled the Anything Could Happen track list. The album, the long-awaited follow-up to 1993's Friday Night Is Killing Me (which is also getting a vinyl reissue), is due out January 20th.
Title: Tommy Stinson's Bash & Pop
Post by: Backfromthedead on December 12, 2016, 11:16:53 AM

Stinson is joined on tour by Steve “The Sleeve” Selvidge on guitar, Joe “The Kid” Sirois on drums, and Justin “Carl” Perkins on bass.

The tour begins in Stinson’s hometown of Minneapolis, followed by a post-show party with the band. With more dates to come, here’s the schedule so far:

 Jan. 12 – Minneapolis, Minn., 7th Street Entry
 Jan. 13 – Milwaukee, Wis., Cactus Club
 Jan. 14 – Chicago, Ill., Cobra Lounge
 Jan. 15 – Columbus, Ohio, Big Room Bar
 Jan. 16 – Cleveland, Ohio, Now That's Class
 Jan. 17 – Philadelphia, Pa., Johnny Brenda's
 Jan. 18 – New York, N.Y., The Mercury Lounge
 Jan. 20 – Asbury Park, N.J., The Saint
 Jan. 21 – Allston, Mass., Great Scott
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson
Post by: Backfromthedead on December 20, 2016, 10:08:35 AM
More dates been added now:

Title: Tommy Stinson / Bash & Pop
Post by: Backfromthedead on January 05, 2017, 10:52:28 AM
Tommy Stinson pairs tragic headlines with anthemic riffs on the second sample from Anything Could Happen, his upcoming reunion LP with post-Replacements band Bash & Pop. On "Never Wanted to Know," he snarls: "Shot down, bleeding from his back in the rain/ Some kid, they didn't even know he was eight," between paint-peeling guitar solos. "You're wishing that it all would end/ They repeat it on CNN."
Title: Tommy Stinson / Bash & Pop
Post by: Backfromthedead on January 14, 2017, 10:42:33 AM
Thursday’s packed Entry gig was the first official live appearance for Stinson’s revived/recreated ensemble, whose new album, “Anything Could Happen,” lands next Friday via Fat Possum Records. The choice of venue obviously added more of a historic tinge to the proceedings, since Stinson started playing the small room at age 14 not long after the Entry first opened in 1980. Tickets for the show were given out to fans who supported a Pledge Music campaign for the record, which Stinson recorded over different sessions with an all-star casted that included his Memphis bud Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars, Black Crowes) and his former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Frank Ferrer.

The lineup that took the stage Thursday as Bash & Pop had its own impressive resume, too, with the Hold Steady’s Steve Selvidge on guitar, drummer Joe Sirois of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and bassist Justin Perkins – none of whom were in the original, short-lived Bash & Pop. Neither the new nor the old Bash & Pop were reinventing the wheel, though. Thursday’s lineup provided the same sort of spirited, Faces-meets-Johnny-Thunders, barroom-rock backdrop for Stinson’s loose, snarling but melodic and sometimes melancholy tunes.

Fans who listened to the lyrics – a pre-show listening party in the main room helped clue them in – would have easily noticed that the songs from the new record are by far some of the most downcast and personal of Stinson’s songwriting career, many heavily tinted by divorce. The acoustic track “Anytime Soon,” delivered mid-show, included a refrain about “dangling from the rafters.” The single “On the Rocks,” played third in the set, is a blistering breakup song that sounded especially barbed live.
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson
Post by: Backfromthedead on January 18, 2017, 09:54:11 AM

Relentlessly catchy with nonstop hooks, raspy-voiced tunesmith Stinson, with help from The Hold Steady guitarist Steve “The Sleeve” Selvidge, Mighty Mighty BossTones drummer Joe “The Kid” Sirois and Screeching Weasel bassist Justin “Carl” Perkins, has crafted a beer-soaked feast of riff-heavy, power bar-rawk that should delight any ‘Mats fan who missed out on the reunion.

Was being in Guns N’ Roses the hardest gig you’ve had? Was the Replacements more difficult?

You know, all of them had their own bits. I wouldn’t say any were any harder than the other. In terms of the Guns N’ Roses record, only because it took so long to get done, at the end of the day it seemed like still Axl wasn’t happy with it and so it kinda got yanked from his hands a little bit prematurely. That’s kind of a disappointment to me more than anything. All things considered, I think we all did our best job, put our best foot forward, and there’s that record, you know?

You obviously played on Chinese Democracy and toured behind it. What’s your take on that record?

I think there’s some good stuff, I think there’s some not-so-good stuff and I think that probably could be said for all those Guns records. There’s some stuff that wasn’t my favorite but that’s just me. But that kinda goes with everyone’s fuckin’ records. I can’t even think of how many bands I like their entire fucking record. They are out there of course but I can’t think of one right now [laughing].

How did you score the Guns gig, by the way?

I was rehearsing in the same rehearsal hall as Josh Freese was and he had already joined the band and was playing with them. He just kinda joked at me, saying, “Hey, we need a bass player, you should come. Try it out, man! We’re just having fun with it.”

I kinda went out there on a lark. I learned a couple songs, just went out there for fun and to see what it was about and not a whole lot happened after that so I had the gig. I was like, “Sure. Why not?”

I mean the idea after I talked to Axl about it, you know, what he was trying to get done after everyone quit the band, I thought was pretty fuckin’ ballsy and cool. So I was kind of in for that reason.

Bash & Pop will be on telly:
We'll be playing a song on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this Thursday at 11:35p EST/10:35p CST on your local CBS affiliate!

Title: Re: Tommy Stinson / Bash & Pop
Post by: Backfromthedead on January 25, 2017, 10:11:16 AM
Here it is:
The group performs a song off their album 'Anything Can Happen.' Which is exactly what happens - watch this one to the end!
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson / Bash & Pop
Post by: Backfromthedead on January 27, 2017, 11:43:31 AM
Having lived through the Replacements and Guns N’ Roses raises the question: Who’s easier to work with, Paul Westerberg or Axl Rose?

“They’re more similar than dissimilar,” Stinson muses. “They’re both very much focused on how they see it in their head and how it needs to be, so you have to roll with that a bit. They’re both strangely perfectionists, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just part of genius involved with both of them. Other than the music being completely different in a lot of ways, it’s not derived from all that different of a place. Axl and [original GNR bassist] Duff [McKagan] come from the punk-rock school of things from a big degree, and the same records were probably on the turntables owned by Paul and Axl at one point or another, whether it was the Heartbreakers or the Sex Pistols.”

Stinson, who turned 50 this past October, says he was inspired to reform Bash & Pop after his recent three-year reunion with Westerberg in the Replacements. While the ’Mats attempted to record new material during that time, it never panned out. “We kind of half-ass tried to record three different times,” Stinson recalls. “I say ‘half-ass’ because we never hooked up the right scenario. It was like it was on the cheap and comfortable for whomever and then it ended up being the wrong studio, the wrong scenario altogether, so it didn’t work out. We went for comfort and expense; we ended up comfortable with nothing.”

“It was a lot of fun at the beginning,” Stinson says. “It was like, ‘Let’s go out and have some fun and make everyone happy.’ But going back and sweating to the oldies, we got to the point where we were a little staid. We were only pulling certain songs; we didn’t have anything new to play, and we didn’t feel like diving into the deep cuts — which I think ultimately would have been more fun for us, and we probably wouldn’t have ended in such a weird way. We probably overstayed our welcome by a half-year or so.”

Speaking of reunions, Guns N’ Roses had an even more hyped comeback in 2016. Stinson was also a member of that band as they famously struggled in the studio for years, working on what ended up as the infamous 2008 album Chinese Democracy. “There were a lot of variables with the record company,” Stinson says. “[Interscope chief] Jimmy Iovine really mucked up the works quite a bit in some ways. There’s a certain thing you have to have when you work with Axl, and I don’t think we ever had the right guy. [Producer] Sean Beavan was the closest, and most of the songs on that record pretty much started and ended up with what he did.”

“It’s more of a rock ’n’ roll record, and I meant it to be,” Stinson says of Anything Can Happen. “I kind of wanted more of a high-energy feel behind it, and that’s the way it panned out. It’s kind of just a rock ‘n’ roll, albeit rootsy to some degree as well. I dare say ‘roots rock,’ because that conjures up some negative connotations as far as I’m concerned, but there’s some stuff on there that goes back to square one for me.”

‘Mats fans will undoubtedly hear echoes of Westerberg in the grooves, as well as touches of the Faces, the Rolling Stones, and, as Stinson notes, some GNR influences as well. “I think it’s fair to say at this point that anything I’ve done in the past is f***ing represented in some way or another,” Stinson says. “I think I’d be lying to you if I told you there wasn’t Replacements or Guns N’ Roses or Elvis Presley, whether I played in the band or stuff I listened to. That’s just kind of the way it works.
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson
Post by: Backfromthedead on January 27, 2017, 07:11:17 PM

After the Replacements reunion fell apart, he reignited a band he'd formed in the early Nineties, Bash and Pop, and put out a new collection of 12 new honky-tonkin' rock & roll tunes, Anything Could Happen. Some of the songs, like the blithe, Stones-y rocker "Unfuck You," brim with his newfound anything-goes attitude, while others, like his somberly suicidal "Anytime Soon," began as possible new Replacements tracks, but after Stinson's sessions with frontman Paul Westerberg fell flat he pocketed them for his own use. He considered making a solo album, but opted instead to put together a band to tap into the songs' freewheeling spirit, and to add to the looseness, he recorded with various groups of friends (using the Bash and Pop moniker to show that it's a band album) in his house.

Incidentally, Stinson says there's a wealth of recordings Guns N' Roses made during his tenure that have yet to be released. "There's some stuff with lyrics, some without," he says. "We did a lot of stuff that was supposed to be on Chinese Democracy – the record was meant to be more than one disc, but after spending so much time on it we just had to put an end to it. There's also stuff that was held over from [the original lineup] before they all disbanded, so there's some stuff that should someday see the light of day."
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson
Post by: Backfromthedead on March 16, 2017, 12:03:32 PM
Was there anything in particular that you wanted to do differently this time?
I wanted to make a live band record. I have a home studio up here in Hudson, New York, so I’m close enough to the city where I can get guys who are around that I’ve played with before. If they’re in the city doing a gig, I’d get them up here easily. Once I did that a couple of weekends and got really satisfying results out of it, I followed that mode over the course of the summer and the fall of the last year. I had my friends come on out when I’d get them close by.

Everything is as live as can be without losing tonality. Most everything you hear is within two takes of the first time we played the song. That was what I was aiming for. It wasn’t so much harking back to The Replacements days, but I was intent on making records like the way we used to: Just show up to the studio; don’t really know a song; someone’s got some songs in their head; okay, let’s hack ‘em out. Get that spark. It either works or it don’t. You can capture some magic that way that you can only get if you’ve got four guys sweating in a room together. Or gals. We had [bassist] Cat Popper up here, sweating it out, too.

How did your club tour go earlier this year? I told your publicist that only someone born in the Midwest would go on a club tour of the Great Lakes in mid-January.
Well, you know, what else am I supposed to do, wait till the f*cking snow thaws? I’ll have written another record, started another thing and gotten completely lost [by then].

In my case, when I roll a record out, I’ve got to follow through, because I get bored quick. I start fragmenting. It’s the first time in 20 years I’ve actually been able to take the time and put it aside to go and pursue one of my own records. I was in Guns N’ Roses forever. Not that that was the busiest gig on the planet, but it did have restrictions to how much I could actually go and tour behind any one given record I’d make. So this is the first time I’m really putting it to it, seeing what I can do.

Title: Re: Tommy Stinson / Bash & Pop
Post by: Backfromthedead on March 28, 2017, 05:39:13 PM

Bash & Pop — 2017 Tour Dates
Tue May 16 Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs
Thu May 18 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House
Fri May 19 Washington, DC Songbyrd
Sat May 20 Richmond VA The Camel (late)
Mon May 22 Orlando, FL The Social
Tue May 23 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Wed May 24 Nashville, TN The High Watt
Fri May 26 Dallas, TX Club Dada
Sat May 27 Austin, TX Barracuda

While The Replacements reunion may be done, bassist Tommy Stinson reignited another of his bands, Bash & Pop. They released their first album in 25 years, Anything Could Happen, earlier this year via Fat Possum. BrooklynVegan is now excited to announce that we’ll be presenting Bash & Pop’s next tour in support of the album, which goes down this May.

Read More: Tommy Stinson’s Bash & Pop touring in May (BV Presents) |
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson / Bash & Pop
Post by: Backfromthedead on April 19, 2017, 10:34:26 AM
UK tour dates:
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson / Bash & Pop
Post by: Backfromthedead on May 01, 2017, 10:05:08 AM
Wish I could catch one of the UK shows, but seems unlikely at the moment...
Yet here we are 24 years later, and Stinson has resurrected Bash & Pop—the name, anyway, as he’s the only returnee—for a follow-up. Damn if it wasn’t worth the wait. Anything Could Happen is full of similarly winning Friday Night-ish bar-band power pop (“On The Rocks,” “Never Wanted To Know,” the title track) and the sardonic Minnesotan wit Stinson shares with his on-again/off-again cohort Paul Westerberg. There’s a heavy country/Americana influence throughout Anything Could Happen, perhaps greater than expected, though Friday Night did have a bit of that as well; enjoyable twangy shuffles like the opening “Not This Time,” “Breathing Room” and “Anytime Soon” dominate. It’s a direction that suits Stinson rather well. Musically, he’s lived in Westerberg’s considerable shadow since the day the latter forced his way into the seminal combo fronted by Stinson’s brother Bob. With Anything Could Happen, Stinson not only shows that Bash & Pop 2.0 has potential staying power but also that he’s worthy of comparisons to his mentor.
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson
Post by: Backfromthedead on May 08, 2017, 04:34:58 PM
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson / Bash & Pop
Post by: Backfromthedead on May 12, 2017, 03:19:56 PM
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson / Bash & Pop
Post by: Backfromthedead on May 16, 2017, 05:35:03 PM
AF: How would you have reacted if, when you first heard their 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction, someone told you that you would end up spending 18 years as a member of Guns N’ Roses?

Stinson: I probably woulda said, “You’re out of your fucking tree!” But lucky me, I got to do that for all those years. That was a fun gig.

AF: Would your reaction have been because Guns N’ Roses would not seem like the kind of band you would want to join or because you wouldn’t understand why they would hire you specifically?

Stinson: Either direction. I woulda thought, “What the hell would I do that for and why the fuck would they want me?”
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson / Bash & Pop
Post by: Backfromthedead on May 23, 2017, 08:04:26 PM
Mississippi label Fat Possum released “Anything Can Happen” this winter, and the record earned Stinson the best reviews of his career, with critics lauding its soulful Faces-styled songs and loose-limbed feel. Touring with Bash & Pop v. 2.0 has further solidified Stinson’s faith in the project.  “We’ve been doing it for over a year on the road and it’s had a chance to blossom — I can see the flowers blooming every time we play,” he says. 

Riding the current momentum, Stinson is eager to make another Bash & Pop record. During a recent stop in Austin to perform at the South by Southwest music conference the band spent a day at a local studio cutting tracks. “And we might actually get some studio time in Nashville to throw down some new Bash & Pop songs,” says Stinson, who’s also planning to release a side project called Cowboys In the Campfire, an acoustic duo with veteran Philadelphia guitarist Chip Roberts.

“Historically, I’m not that prolific of a writer — mostly because I was so busy on the road with Guns N’ Roses or whoever. But I’m writing a lot lately. Now I’ve created a path that I can do stuff with Cowboys In the Campfire and Bash & Pop. It’s good to have two things going, allows me to write without pigeonholing myself,” says Stinson. “I’ve got this particular time in my life where I can do pretty much what I want — and it feels good.”
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson / Bash & Pop
Post by: Backfromthedead on June 19, 2017, 04:06:24 PM
What do you think those guys brought to the songs?

“They understood that concept, which was the most important part, and they played their balls off and we got it within three to five takes and it was great. With The Replacements in the early 80s we’d go into the studio for maybe three days at a time and just knock out a whole record and we may have worked up the new songs the week before. It was very instinctual, letting the songs and the music make their own thing.”

Why do you think those songs by The Replacements have lasted?

“I think because they’re honest, they’re telling tales of real stuff that we were living, breathing and smelling.”

Did being on The Replacements reunion tour help you get back into that mindset?

“When we went out on tour for the reunion we totally had an idea that we would go and make a record. Sadly we didn’t end up in the right place at the right time to do that, where all those planets would align. I think partly because there was too much baggage to carry and compete with, but it just didn’t work out. We tried three times and failed three times, done deal. Two or three of these songs from the Bash & Pop record might have been on the Replacements record if we’d made one, possibly. But you know, it just didn’t work out, whatever.”

Do you think playing bass influences the style, adds a groove

“Yeah I mean, you’re never going to extract me from the bass. Like I said, I wear all my influences firmly on my sleeve. Lucky for me I got Justin Perkins playing bass and he plays very similar to me, he has the same instincts that I do and it’s a great thing. I’ve been playing bass since I was 11 years old so I must know something. He’s able to tap into that and has always been able to, so I’ve got a good thing going with that.”

Stinson certainly seems at peace with his old band’s legacy. In fact, he has spent the past few years entrenched in it. He worked closely with Bob Mehr on his book, 2016’s Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements, which gave Westerberg and Stinson a chance to tell their storied history on their own terms.

“The reason why we did it was to set the record straight,” Stinson says. “That Jim Walsh book that came out (2008’s The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting) was such a pile of crap, it was kind of incumbent on us to get up and say: ‘let’s tell our story,’” Stinson says. “I think we did good with that and I think now people get an idea of where we were and where our heads were at any given time back then.”
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson
Post by: Backfromthedead on July 18, 2017, 09:17:05 AM
PB: Shooting forward a bit I wondered if you’ve ever played poker with Axl Rose? And if so is he any good?

TS: We’ve been to a few casinos together...I taught him how to play crap once and we won a bunch of money...and he quickly got himself out! That was fun.

PB: The reason I was asking was because there’s something about the aura of people like him, the ‘Rock Star’ and I know a lot of people like to diss him or whatever, but you can’t deny the guy has a pretty magnetic central focus...some kind of core that is spinning things around him so that’s why I was wondering if that extended to card playing?

TS: Ha, ha, that’s actually a pretty fucking funny thought...I gotta commend you for that. That’s a good one. You know I will say he is a fucking genius and I love him to death. What I’ve experienced with know playing a bunch of music, making a record together, all that stuff was that for the most part he’s a very fucking normal regular guy. He’s know... playing with AC/DC, he rocks ! The guy’s got a thing...If Angus Young could have his way he’d make a record with him. I’ve told Axl’s manager if he goes over there to make a record with those guys I’ll play bass!
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson
Post by: Backfromthedead on July 18, 2017, 03:28:34 PM
Just found via Bash & Pop on Facebook!
Rat Scabies & Tommy Stinson @ Hyde Park.
2 of my "heroes" in one pic.  :bow:

Title: Re: Tommy Stinson
Post by: Backfromthedead on July 26, 2017, 09:39:55 AM
"I don’t know how to define rock ‘n’ roll," Stinson said during a phone interview. "All I know is there’s a vibe and a feeling I still get from doing what I do. It’s a camaraderie, dudes that love playing together doing their best bit and having the best fun with it. That’s a small thing, but it’s also completely different than everything that has come in the digital age."

Stinson will bring one of his current musical projects, Cowboys in the Campfire, to Fountain Square's Do317 Lounge & Gallery on July 26. Made up of Stinson and multi-instrumentalist Chip Roberts, Cowboys in the Campfire is a duo that plays old songs, new songs and selected covers.

"Everyone who's coming to these shows is getting to be part of our progress," Stinson said of the Cowboys in the Campfire road show.

Minneapolis native Stinson said he wants to have two free-standing acts: Bash & Pop, the two-guitar, bass and drums outfit that released a rambunctious studio album titled "Anything Can Happen" earlier this year, plus Cowboys in the Campfire.
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson / Bash & Pop
Post by: Backfromthedead on August 18, 2017, 08:27:29 AM

... Their debut album, Friday Night is Killing Me, has just been reissued by Omnivore Recordings with an entire disc of rarities.

Bash & Pop were loud as hell, with an irreverence that was infectious.

Stinson may not have been the vocalist Westerberg was, but here was a former band member sounding like he was actually having fun!
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson / Bash & Pop
Post by: Backfromthedead on September 19, 2017, 04:54:44 PM
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson
Post by: Backfromthedead on September 29, 2017, 09:23:51 AM
This time around, I was much more basic about it. I let the rest of the band put their two cents in. The camaraderie came into play. I found guys that know where I'm coming from and can know how and where to play. They can feed into it. I didn’t have that on the first record. I was telling guys to play this or that. This time around, I got real lucky with these guys in that they knew where I was coming from and what I was thinking about and how to approach it. The approach is where it is at.

SM: Now in doing that, were there some songs that turned out different than what you had first imagined?

TS: Not so much in the structure of the songs, but the approach of how we did the songs.

Some of the songs we did quieter or louder or more rocking or more country. Some of these songs wrote themselves. These guys put their stamp on it. They didn’t have to try too hard to come up with their part; it just came out of them too. With that, you get egg roll (laughs).

SM: Awesome (laughs). The whole album is, indeed, awesome and there isn’t one song that I don’t want to pick your brain about, but time is limited, so just a few. “Never Wanted to Know.” The phrasing, word play and lyrics of that song stick out. Can you talk a little about how that came about?

TS: Well, I don’t even know. I had an idea for that which was basically the verse of that song for awhile. Something, there was some part of a Shangri-Las’ song in the back of my head as I was going along. Not that I stole the part from a Shangri-Las’ song, it just did something. With that and the band in the room, I was able to achieve that whole thing. I cut that song with Frank Ferrer, the drummer for Guns N’ Roses, originally. Just him and I.

When I finally finished writing the song, I recut it with the band. I figured out what other parts were needed by that time.

SM: “Unfuck You” is another song. The title alone is so clever and undone.

TS: I couldn’t believe it. No one had written a song called “Unfuck You” yet. I was surprised, to be honest (laughs).

SM: And “Shortcut,” which is the perfect way to close out the album.

TS: That is actually the oldest song on the record, I’ve had that song for, fuck, close to 20 years. I wrote that right around the time I joined Guns N’ Roses.

It actually started off as a duet with a really good friend of mine from LA, Juliette Beavan, her and her husband have a band called 8mm. I did it originally as a duet with her. At some point, I will probably put it out as it is a cool other version of that song. It has got all kinds of strange musicality going on it that is interesting and cool. The original version, at some point, will have to come out as it is cool and has a different vibe to it.
Title: Re: Tommy Stinson
Post by: Backfromthedead on October 07, 2017, 08:49:59 AM
Happy birthday to Tommy!  :rockon: