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Tommy Stinson
Birth name Thomas Eugene Stinson
Born October 6, 1966 (1966-10-06) (age 43)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Genres Alternative rock
Hard rock
Instruments Guitar, Bass
Associated acts The Replacements (1979–1991)
Guns N' Roses (1998-Present)
Soul Asylum (2005-Present)
Notable instruments
Fender P-Bass Special (w/ EMG Active Pickups)
Rickenbacker 4001
Music Man Stingray
Gibson Thunderbird

Thomas "Tommy" Eugene Stinson (born October 6, 1966, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.) is an American musician best known for his work as the bassist for The Replacements and Guns N' Roses.

He was one of the founding members of the 1980s alternative rock band The Replacements, along with drummer Chris Mars, his older brother Bob Stinson, and singer-songwriter Paul Westerberg. Tommy Stinson was only 12 years old when he joined the band in 1979. He dropped out of high school in 10th grade in 1983 to go on tour with the band.

Bob Stinson left The Replacements in 1986, but Tommy Stinson stayed with the band until they broke up in 1991.

After the Replacements disbanded, Stinson formed the band Bash & Pop who in 1993 released one album Friday Night Is Killing Me.

After Bash & Pop broke up, Stinson formed a band called Perfect, who released an EP in 1996 titled When Squirrels Play Chicken. In 1997 Perfect's album Seven Days a Week was shelved due to record company problems, but was later released in 2004 under the title Once, Twice, Three Times a Maybe.

In 1998 Stinson appeared on Puff Daddy's "It's All About The Benjamins (Rock Remix)" along with Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. He also can be seen playing bass for the song in the music video.

Also in 1998, Stinson joined Guns N' Roses, and he has been their bass player ever since. His bass playing is featured prominently on their long-delayed Chinese Democracy album which appeared in late 2008. Stinson has pursued a variety of other projects during Guns N' Roses' abundant downtime.

Stinson played bass for the recording of MOTH's 2002 album "Provisions, Fiction and Gear".

In 2004, in addition to the long-shelved album by Perfect, Stinson released a solo album Village Gorilla Head which was well-received by the music press.

In the fall of 2005, Tommy joined Soul Asylum for a few gigs in tribute to Karl Mueller. Stinson and Dave Pirner (founding member of Soul Asylum) were friends in high school in Minneapolis, MN. He and BT also scored the Jennifer Garner movie Catch and Release.

In between touring and writing, he managed to produce Bobot Adrenaline's debut album Unfurled.

In December 2005, he reunited with his surviving Replacements bandmates Paul Westerberg and original drummer Chris Mars to record two new songs for a greatest-hits collection. Stinson further collaborated with Westerberg on the soundtrack to the Sony feature film Open Season, recording bass tracks for 'Love You in the Fall' and 'Right to Arm Bears'.

On November 24, 2006 at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena, Axl Rose called the Eagles of Death Metal (one of Guns N Roses' opening acts) the "Pigeons of Shit Metal." Jesse Hughes, the Eagles of Death Metal's lead singer, told the New Musical Express that Stinson took his bass off and threw it on the floor saying "Fuck you, that's it" and threatened to leave the band. [1] Stinson did not leave Guns N' Roses; however, the Eagles of Death Metal were fired from the tour. On December 2, 2006, Stinson issued a statement reading, in part: "Eagles of Death Metal were a suggestion of mine a while ago. Turns out they were the wrong band for our crowd. They were booed and did not play for as long as they were scheduled to. ... In the past I have thrown my bass. I have never thrown it at Axl or anyone else in the band nor has anyone thrown my bass back at me... yet. Axl has been a dear friend to me for nine years. We have no problem communicating and wish that people would stay the fuck out of shit they don't know anything about."[2]

During the ongoing Chinese Democracy world tour, Tommy plays several punk songs during his solo sport, such as Sonic Reducer by The Dead Boys and My Generation by The Who.


On stage with Guns N' Roses, Stinson prominently uses a Fender Precision Bass Special (with the P/J pickup configuration). An exception to this is the song "Better", during which he uses a Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray, citing its "growl" as the right sound for that particular track. In the studio, it is unclear what basses he has used for individual tracks, but he has admitted to using a Gibson Thunderbird Bass on the title track of "Chinese Democracy". Stinson has also stated that all his basses have EMG pickups, saying that "they give [him] a lot of growl and grit when they hit the preamp of an SVT." During recording, Stinson has used SWR amps, a Matchless combo and DI. Early live shows during his tenure with Guns featured the SWR amps, but Stinson soon realized that it wasn't suitable for their situation (apparently, it was deemed too loud to be used at full capacity). Since then, he has been using the Ampeg reissue B-15 1x15 combo with a few Ampeg 8x10 cabinets for low-end. [3]

EMG lists Stinson as a user of their PJ Set Pickups on their website.


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Preceded by
Duff McKagan
Guns N' Roses bass guitarist

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