For rock 'n' roll road trippers, Rolling Stone has assembled a list of spots around the country that are worth a peek. This is everything from Chess Records in Chicago to Hitsville U.S.A. in Detroit to the Park Hill Houses in Staten Island, where the Wu-Tang Clan formed.As you might expect, a trio o ... More >>
If you talk to the locals, the Replacements are already hall of fame. The non-locals spoke up, though. Among the Class of 2014 nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- alongside Nirvana, KISS, N.W.A., Hall & Oates, among others -- you'll find a recently reformed band that came together ... More >>
The ReplacementsRiot Fest, Denver, ColoradoSaturday, September 21, 2013Surely it wasn't lost on anyone when Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson came on stage wearing pink skirts and orange cowboy hats. The two were clearly nodding to the absence of Stinson's late brother Bob, who frequently perform ... More >>
As predicted, the Replacements decided to close out their three-show Riot Fest reunion in style. Well, sort of. In a knowing nod to founding guitarist and drag aficionado Bob Stinson, frontman Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson dressed in pink skirts -- along with matching plaid western shirt ... More >>
At Riot Fest in Toronto, the local legends had a swingin' reunion party
The ReplacementsRiot FestFort York, TorontoSunday, August 25, 2013Three decades ago, Paul Westerberg's opening lyrics from the Replacements' "I Will Dare" asked no one in particular "How young are you? How old am I?" Now 53, the rock star with a serious J.D. Salinger streak -- who emerged in a plaid ... More >>
With 22 years for us all to think about it, there are options galore for the Replacements' headlining performance at Riot Fest in Toronto on Sunday. Their first show since 1991 could revisit any number of segments of the band's past -- perhaps even their "Hayday." The settling of time has elevated t ... More >>
After 20-some years, Tommy Stinson has returned to the house where he and his bandmates in the Replacements were photographed for the cover of Let it Be. As we noted earlier this week, the Stinsons' childhood home in Uptown has been a hallowed spot for 'Mats fans -- even house painters -- ever since ... More >>
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 ... More >>
There was no question that Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson were going to be part of the upcoming Replacements reunion shows to be staged at the three Riot Fests in the coming weeks. However, lead guitar and drums were up for grabs. On Friday, the Star Tribune's Chris Riemenschneider reported that ... More >>
When the Replacements hit the stage for Riot Fest dates in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver, it's a safe bet that they'll be toting "Alex Chilton." Why? Well, the guys -- whoever they are aside from Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson -- posted a clip from a practice space featuring a tiny bit of the song ... More >>
If the excitement for Wilco's upcoming show with Bob Dylan at Midway Stadium wasn't already causing minor hyperventilation among the local Americana set, this past weekend's events added a new dimension. The accomplished Chicago band, fronted by the newly gleeful Jeff Tweedy, put on their own music ... More >>
For every tale that regulars past and present recollected for this week's cover story about the CC Club, there were a handful more that they couldn't remember.Some of these were simply lost to the intervening years: The story begins in the early 1970s, and many of the regulars included in it have be ... More >>
In this week's cover story, we comb through the history of storied Minneapolis landmark the CC Club. The bar has for decades been a hub of converging scenes in the Twin Cities, and has counted such regulars as Tommy Stinson of the Replacements, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, actor Tom Arnold, and many, ... More >>
Tommy Stinson learned to play bass at age 11, and just a year later started strumming with the musicians, including his brother Bob, who would make up the Replacements. For this week's cover story on the CC Club, Stinson -- who now juggles multiple projects, including solo albums like 2011's "One Ma ... More >>
The iconic bar's owners, famous patrons, and hometown regulars remember the dive's best moments
When David Prass bought the CC Tap in 1974, it was a 3.2 beer joint that had live music and a stage. Prass re-named the bar the CC Club, and transferred the liquor license over from his father's old bar. Along with the booze came new restrictions on the kind of entertainment the CC could offer, incl ... More >>
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 St ... More >>
Today is the day that longtime fans of the Replacements have been waiting anxiously for. At 10 a.m. Twin Cities time, 250 limited-edition copies of what the Songs For Slim website is calling "the first new Replacements release since 1990's All Shook Down," goes up for auction. The exclusive 10" viny ... More >>
As the excitement continues to build around the Replacements' new benefit EP, Songs For Slim, more information about the project continues to filter out. In addition to the full track-listing for the EP as well as the Chris Mars designed album art (featured above), details have also emerged about wh ... More >>
Paul Westerberg recently confirmed that he and Tommy Stinson reunited as the Replacements to record four covers for a benefit EP to help their pal Slim Dunlap. A longer interview with Rolling Stone has emerged today, and included in the details is some updated news about the condition of Dunlap, who ... More >>
After six years apart, the Replacements' singer-guitarist Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson have officially reunited. As tipped back in June, when Stinson said the old bandmates were working on a track together, the plan has expanded into a limited edition 10-inch vinyl EP, according to Roll ... More >>
See Also:Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson reunite for Slim Dunlap benefit track Against Me! and Joan Jett cover the Replacements' "Androgynous"While motorboats and firecrackers and sweet potatoes mixed with marshmallows sure can provide a wild ride for the Fourth of July, imagine being out in Chica ... More >>
Related: Chris Mars records new song to benefit Slim DunlapBrief, but exciting news for fans of Replacements reunion conspiracies: Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson are working on a song together. Similar to the recent Chris Mars single, these two 'Mats members are reuniting to rally for their old b ... More >>
Soul Asylum will release its first album in six years this July, Delayed Reaction. This will be the tenth studio release from the group, and its first with 429 Records, a label that appears to be highly motivated to snap up bands that hit commercial paydirt in the mid-'90s. The group's new labelm ... More >>
Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more
Following last Friday's yearly tribute to the Replacements at First Ave--this year's headline featured a star-studded performance of the Replacements' debut album, Sorry Ma, I Forgot To Take Out The Trash--we thought it would be interesting to dig through the CityPages archives and look at some o ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessTommy Stinson and FriendsNovember 14, 2011Fine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisServing as a vacation from their tightly rehearsed, big-budget "day job," as Stinson put it, Tommy and his three touring Guns 'N Roses bandmates Dizzy Reed (keys), Richard Fortus (guitar), and Frank Ferr ... More >>
The Replacements are hands down one of the most revered and famous bands out of Minneapolis. Not only does the group forever cast a shadow over almost every barroom guitar-rock band that ever sets foot on stage in town, but their lingering legacy has done the same thing to the members of the ... More >>
When seasoned rock 'n' roll bassist and songwriter Tommy Stinson came to Minneapolis this past May for a gig at the Mainroom, he hinted that his second solo album was finished and nearly ready to be released. Now, that album has an offiical release date and a name: One Man Mutiny will be offered ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenDave Pirner singing at Tommy Stinson's solo show at First Avenue this past MayThough Soul Asylum have continued to gig sporadically in the Twin Cities (and Dave Pirner has taken up a part-time job smashing guitars at his bass player's solo gigs), it's been five years since the ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenTommy StinsonMay 20, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisThese are strange times we're living in, so the modest turnout at Friday night's Tommy Stinson show shouldn't have come as a surprise. But scanning the Mainroom this weekend, it was hard not to think back to last fall's Replac ... More >>
Last night, the biggest indie scenesplosion ever rattled the Bowery Ballroom in Manhatten as contemporary bands like tUnE-yArDs, St. Vincent, Ted Leo gathered to pay homage to Michael Azerrad's 2001 book Our Band Could Be Your Life on its 10-year anniversary. Among the highlights posted on Pitchf ... More >>
In case the apocalypse doesn't happen this weekend, here's some stuff to check out!
Stinson: "I haven't changed where I come from or how I got there"
After touring Europe with Guns 'N Roses and traveling to Haiti to help with hurricane cleanup and relief efforts, former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson has embarked on a solo tour that will bring him to his hometown on May 20 to play a show at First Avenue.
Pop Candy, the culture blog of USA Today, earlier posted some pictures of former Replacement turned Guns 'N Roses replacement Tommy Stinson taking a tour of a school for youngsters in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.
Tommy Stinson is 43 years old. He's been playing music for 32 of those years. He's been in Guns 'N Roses for 12 years. He's supposedly been working on material with Paul Westerberg for two-plus years (whether those fuck-arounds will see the light of day is dependent on so many globules of m ... More >>
A Suburbs reissue in every garage!
Slug's love bug, Kat Bjelland's exorcism, Dave Pirner's throbbing shins: Ten years of local music served on ten great platters.