Q&A

Tommy Stinson of Guns N' Roses and The Replacements: "A [Replacements] Reunion Is About As Likely as an Original Guns Reunion."

Tommy Stinson can't slow down. The guy stays busy -- playing bass in Guns N' Roses (clocking nearly 14 years in the band, only Axl Rose and keyboardist Dizzy Reed have been in the band longer), releasing solo records (like this year's excellent One Man Mutiny), and playing in Soul Asylum. It's what you would expect from a guy who was freaking 11 years old when he started playing in The Replacements, one of the most celebrated "left of the dial" rock bands of the '80s.

I called Stinson (just before Guns N' Roses was announced as 2012 inductees to the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame) to discuss the current Guns N' Roses tour (which winds its way to Comerica Theatre on Tuesday, December 27), whether or not Guns will follow up Chinese Democracy, and the ever-nagging question of a Replacements reunion.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.