Tommy Stinson with Guns N' Roses
Tommy Stinson will have his own replacement – in Guns N’ Roses. And it’s the guy he replaced.
Duff McKagan, GNR’s bassist from 1985-93, will rejoin Axl Rose and pals for five GNR shows in South America this month while Stinson is playing with the Replacements at Coachella on April 11 and 18.
The Minneapolis-bred bassist, who has played with GNR since 1998, told Billboard:
"I had those Replacement shows come up the same time the (South American) tour came up, and it got to be a scheduling issue right out of the gate. I didn't want to [screw] anyone up in Guns by saying, 'Hey, I can't do this tour' or anything like that. Luckily someone was able to reach out to Duff and he was amenable to the idea and was into doing it. It's Duff being the kind of good sport he is, trying to help Axl (Rose) out. So I'm like, 'Thanks dude, for covering my ass on this one.' I think people are gonna be really stoked about it. It's gonna be fun for everyone."
Stinson will be back with GNR for a May 13 show in Columbus, Ohio.
McKagan joined GNR onstage during three shows in 2010 and played with them in 2012 when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
As for future Replacements gigs beyond the two at Coachella and May 10 in Atlanta at the Shaky Knees Music Festival, Stinson told Billboard:
"We're going to go out there and have fun and play our [bleeping] show and go from there. Anything at this point could happen. As long as we're having fun doing it, I think we [bleeping] do it for as long as we want. That's kind of our modus operandi right now -- go out and have fun and play our songs and make people happy and have a hoot. I'm just surprised people want it so much; it's a daunting prospect, but then again nobody's really expecting us to be anything better or worse than we were 20 years ago, so it's not really that big of a hurdle to jump over."
[Photo by Renee Jones Schneider]