On Friday I had the enormous pleasure of playing some songs with Tommy Stinson. One of the founding members of the Replacements. Current bass player of Guns’n’Roses. It was mental.
He was such a lovely guy and I think everyone who came and watched had a great time, it had the feeling of playing to a few friends. The really crazy thing for me was that we busked in my normal busking spot (whereas I generally make a few pounds in half an hour, Tommy made about £300!) and then moved on to one of my local pubs. It all took place about 2 minutes walk from my flat!
Tommy was raising money for Timkatec (www.timkatec.org), a charity he does a lot of work for, helping homeless and orphaned kids in Haiti. It’s a really amazing cause so if you’ve got 5 minutes to spare, check out the site, and if you’ve got a few pounds or dollars or whatever to spare, please donate.
Anyway, it was all one of the most amazingly surreal events of my life I think. The Replacements are my favourite band, and probably like a lot of ‘Mats fans, I can verge on the obsessive. So for me this was just insane. I’ll put some links to some videos, one in particular I just have the stupidest grin on my face the whole way through. But when Tommy Stinson asks you to play a solo over one of his tracks and then seems to dig it, I’m not sure what else you’re meant to do.
He got me into his Guns’n’Roses show later on that night and we had a drink after the show which was a lot of fun. And him talking about the ‘Mats (even if it was just brief) was again, amazing and surreal. I wrote my dissertation on that band. If only I could have met Tommy a couple of years earlier, I’d have got a 1st for that bastard I reckon!! I think he’d go down as a pretty good source.
To summarize, what a good lad and what an amazing day.