Among the most successful hardworking globe trotting career musicians from Minneapolis is the diehard dynamo Tommy Stinson. Known for playing with the Replacements, Bash & Pop & Perfect, Tommy now happily splits his time between Guns N Roses, Soul Asylum & other projects including this stellar solo band effort & tour.
When I got to the mainroom, Tommy & his freshly formed band were going strong & sounding tight. I could sense danger & recklessness right away. Some of my fave tunes were Bash & Pop smash “Friday Night (is killing me)”, Perfect’s “7 days a week”, radio ripe “Motivation”, “It’s a drag” & “Match made in hell” (which Paul Westerberg had some input on). I really dug the variety, diversity & intensity of all the songs & how the fantastic high energy show unfolded.
Also toward the end were swagger ridden spit-fired covers of The Undertones’ “Teenage Kicks” & The Who’s “My Generation” erupted ferociously from the stage with Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner joining in the fray while violently laying waste to more than one guitar. Even as the show teetered on the dark crest of chaos, Tommy was unflinching & played amazingly like the true pro he is. He is on the rise like never before. It’s a joy to see. So well deserved.
Tommy’s new record is called “One Man Mutiny” & should drop in August 2011. You can download for free the title track on his website [tommystinson.com].
Though this mini tour was only 3 dates (Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Chicago), I most highly recommend Tommy in all his ventures as convincingly worth listening to & seeing live even moreso. Trust in this advice.