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Tommy "messing around" in the studio


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http://www.billboard...t_id=1003870797

Giving fans further hope for some kind of Replacements reunion, group principals Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson joined forces last month to "mess around" in Minneapolis with Soul Asylum/Prince drummer Michael Bland.

Stinson told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the trio didn't roll any tape, because "that's getting to first base. We're sort of still in the dugout chewing gum." But he assured that he and Westerberg are "good friends, and I'm sure we're going to work together again."

Westerberg's manager, Darren Hill, confirmed the sessions to Billboard but added there are "no plans beyond that right now."

The Replacements, who split in 1991, have been back in the spotlight this year as Rhino has rolled out expanded reissues of the band's complete studio catalog. The second and final batch, covering the band's major-label years with Sire, was released Sept. 23.

After years apart, Westerberg and Stinson hit the studio in 2006 to record two new songs for a Replacements retrospective and additional material for the animated film "Open Season."


In separate interviews with Billboard earlier this year, both men said the door isn't closed for some kind of project between them, although they added that Replacements drummer Chris Mars was unlikely to participate, owing to his thriving post-Replacements career as an artist.

Westerberg and Stinson have been tempted by numerous lucrative offers to reunite for festivals such as the 2008 Coachella, but "at the last minute, it just didn't seem like the right thing to do, so we didn't do it," Stinson said. "But I think Paul and I have something to offer each other still. I think that's pretty obvious when we get together."

"I'm very hesitant about dragging the name out there and what damage we could do to the legend," Westerberg said. "Whatever we did, someone would want something else. If I went up there straight, they'd want us wasted. If we were f--ked up, they'd want us to be this or that."


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One by one they drop away,
holding the release of Chi. Dem at bay.


try as you may,
you still sound gay.

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One by one they drop away,
holding the release of Chi. Dem at bay.


try as you may,
you still sound gay.

*Ribbit* Bud
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*Ribbit* Ser

Still doesn't hide the fact that Axl has less and less of a band by the day.

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Well, i dont care about Stinson anyways.

Just release the damn thing.

We ARE superior that is a fact :D

j/k and anyway I love Britney Spears.

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Ah well. Like it's real hard to find someone with a bass. It's not like he has to replace les claypool or bootsy collins.

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Ah well. Like it's real hard to find someone with a bass. It's not like he has to replace les claypool or bootsy collins.

Tommy has a lot of talent and great charisma, though. Plus he's been in the band a decade.

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Can you blame him?

He likely recorded his parts years ago...artists need to create when inspired.

Don't mean to stir this up again, but my view of the band is that this is Axl's solo project, with some talented musicians thrown in. So let him go and do his thing, I have no attachments...

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I'll be bummed if he leaves. At this point, besides Axl, he's the only member left who I really consider to be an essential part of the "new" GN'R.

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Michael Bland (best damn drummer anywhere) who was in the studio with Paul and Tommy, took some shots. They're posted over at the Westerberg site

http://paulwesterber...d...6270&page=1

Do yourself a favor-while you're waiting for CD, but ALL 8 Replacements reissues. Learn everything about each one. Then get all the Perfect/Bash & Pop discs. Get to know Tommy's past. Tommy said so....

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the replacements reunion starts soon!
i dont care

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Some years ago, Axl had a band but no album.
Now it seems that he has an album. But he has no band anymore.
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dont think tommy will leave...i hope not anyways, him and fortus are the two main ones for me apart from axl
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I think to many people are still thinking in terms of "bands" in the 60s, 70s and 80s when 4 or 5 guys were dedicated to one sole purpose of producing music as a unit.

Today, it is so common for musicians to be involved in several projects, solo albums, etc...
These are working muscians.

As much as people dream up the idea that this version of GnR is similar to the original band or other major bands that came to be in the past... a group of 5 guys who do everything together, grew up together, fight for each other, etc....
The fact is a lot of these guys came together from different backgrounds, and are in their late 30s and 40s.
They will never be a true "band" that doesn't have interchangeable parts.
It's clearly Axl's vision, his timeline and his rules.

An actual band is someone like U2 or Pearl Jam, whose #1 priority of its members will always be that band. How on earth could anyone in the current GnR lineup have their first priority as Axl when they go months and years being completely inactive?