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Tommy Stinson

In 1980, at the age of 13, Tommy Stinson, along with his brother/mentor Bob, Chris Mars and Paul Westerberg, founded legendary Minneapolis band The Replacements. Together, they bulldozed tradition and created some outrageously fun and fabulous rock n' roll. Stinson was responsible for huge slabs of what made that band special, through his spirited bass playing, sense of style, and songs he co-wrote. In 1986, he found himself in the excruciatingly difficult position of playing a part in Bob's dismissal from the group, over musical and personal differences. By the time The Replacements broke up in 1991, after eight totemic releases and hundreds of live shows, he'd had several careers' worth of experience -- and he was still only 24.

Without missing a beat, Stinson switched to rhythm guitar and formed the Stones-ey, Faces-esque group Bash & Pop, recorded an album, and hit the road again. In 1993, Tommy moved to Los Angeles and discovered a new community of musicians. Looking for something poppier and more collaborative, he formed a new band and called it Perfect (at first playing guitar, then moving back to bass). After the devastating passing of his brother in February of 1995, Stinson's therapy was to immerse himself in his work. Perfect played live regularly around L.A., toured some, and released the E.P. When Squirrels Play Chicken in 1996. The following year, Perfect recorded a full-length L.P., but in a classic case of record label fumbling, the album was shelved and Perfect disbanded. The record, titled Once, Twice, Three Times a Maybe, was finally released by Rykodisc in 2004.

In 1997, Stinson was invited to join Guns N' Roses as bass guitarist, a position he holds to this day -- rehearsing, co-writing, recording a soon-to-be-released album and playing live whenever called upon to do so.

Separately from his role with G N' R, Stinson is a solo performer; in 2004, he released his first solo album, Village Gorilla Head. Beginning as a labor of love, the album represents his most personal work and wide-ranging sound. Currently touring the world with Guns N' Roses as the band gears up for the release of the album Chinese Democracy, Stinson also continues to work on his solo material.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

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