Tommy Stinson sings lead on Guns N' Roses leaked rarity "Going Down"

Tommy Stinson sings lead on Guns N' Roses leaked rarity "Going Down"
Photo by Steve Cohen

Just in case you've forgotten, Tommy Stinson is a member of two iconic bands of the past half century. In addition to being the founding bassist of the Replacements, he also earns a steady living in Guns N' Roses. As the 'Mats finally reform this coming weekend at Riot Fest, here's a look at another side of Stinson.

Over the weekend, a track attributed to GNR emerged with Stinson ably handling lead vox and an Axl Rose-sounding backup singer ringing out behind him. For a woeful many of us, "Going Down" represents the first time in a while that we've cranked up anything from this band. It's definitely different.

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Longtime GNR enthusiast Chuck Klosterman, who once wrote the definitive review of Chinese Democracy on April Fool's Day a good couple of years before the album dropped, weighed in thusly:

Amid the amped-up acoustic guitar and Bumblefoot riffage, there's this memorable line: "Get into your car and drive just as fast as you can/You had your 15 minutes, you tried to take an hour/Now no one pays a call." It's easily attached to any number of situations from the associated players' pasts. Not much other context is provided on the song yet. Hear it for yourself at a Soundcloud stream below.

Updated: Streaming at Stereogum.

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