Tommy Stinson: Just enjoy the GNR ride


Music fans should just enjoy the reunited Guns N' Roses line-up says former bassist Tommy Stinson who adds he can't wait to catch them on their current 'Not In This Lifetime' tour as a fan.
Stinson was on bass duties with Guns for 16 years - between 1998 and 2014 - and he has nothing but love for both the band and the reunited band mates.
In an interview with Salon he says: "I'm actually going to see them again tomorrow! I just went and saw them with a buddy of mine. I think, for all practical purposes, he wanted to go and wanted a comrade to go with. And I told him, 'You know what? Let's go.' He got me a ticket and we had a fantastic time."
Tommy goes on: "All of those people are my friends — the band guys, the crew guys. The only one I don't know is Slash [guitar]. I don't think I've ever really met him. But I'm friends with all of them — Axl [Rose, vocals] included. Even Izzy [Stradlin, guitar]!
"So, I'm going to see them in Philadelphia with some friends because I had such a good time. It was fantastic. It was great to see it on the other side and not having to be in it. And I mean that as no disrespect. But, when you're in it — when you're in the cacophony with the ear monitors — you can't really appreciate what the fans see on the other side.
"I want to watch it as a show and hang out with the people and go, 'Fuck! This is goddamn fun.'
"It's been fun for me. I'm not an ambassador of goodwill because I need to be. They're my friends and I'm glad for them. They're having fun, so I'm going to go see them and say 'Hi' to my buddies."
It was Las Vegas in 2014 when Stinson hung up his bass with Guns N' Roses for the last time and looking back he concedes it was the time of his life.
"It was a great gig for me," he recalls. "I was in that band almost seventeen years. It was fun for me. It was good for me. I'm just happy they're all out there. They had the same stigma that The Replacements went through, but they're doing great. It's not all the band members, but people should love it. If you're a fan, you're going to love it."

eric@newrocktimes.com