Tommy Stinson and Paul Westerberg plan studio time later this year
Tommy Stinson and Paul Westerberg
In a lengthy interview with Time, the Replacements and Guns N' Roses bassist Tommy Stinson gives a detailed update on where he's at and where he's been. Though the article has some dated facts -- it refers to a City Pages columnist who is no longer with the paper and Sean Combs as P. Diddy -- but Stinson was clearly put in a comfortable situation to share a ton of information before a GNR tour date in Abu Dhabi.
A key bit: Stinson, who recorded some covers under the Replacements name for the EP to benefit bandmate Slim Dunlap, plans to head to Minneapolis when he wraps the tour dates with Guns N' Roses and head back into the studio with Westerberg. According to the band's schedule, this could be as soon as mid-June.
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From the article:
Speaking of which, you recently reunited with Paul Westerberg for Songs for Slim. What was it like being in the studio together again after all these years?
It was so much fun. It was so much fun that we talked about doing it again with some original material. In fact, when I get done with this GnR tour, I'm booking a flight to Minneapolis and doing that. Putting some songs down, but not getting stuck on making record -- seeing what comes out of it. Neither one of us feels the pressure to become the Replacements again, although we talk about it.
So at this point, it's way too early to expect that any of this music would see the light of day. As Stinson reflects later in the article, Westerberg has long been reticent to be compared to his younger self.
Other details that come up: Stinson is no longer collaborating with Soul Asylum at all, and actually answering the hail mary interview question of the "craziest thing they ever did." And he recalls an incident when they paid a cab driver $100 to drive them three miles home from a bar -- in reverse.
Anyhow, a must-read for Replacements enthusiasts: Alt-Rock Legend Tommy Stinson Talks About Guns N' Roses, Puff Daddy, and a Replacements Reunion
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