Former GUNS N' ROSES Bassist Calls AXL ROSE 'A Very Hard-Working Dude'

August 2, 2016

Former GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson has spoken out about working with Axl Rose, saying that the GN'R frontman "has a very particular way he wants to do things."

Stinson, who was in GUNS N' ROSES from 1998 until 2014, discussed his working relationship with Rose in a recent interview with Rock On Philly. He said: "[Axl] is a very hard-working dude that has a very particular way he wants to do things.

"I'll be honest with you, if he's doing anything other than he wants to be doing and you're in the room, you don't want to be in there, but when he's doing what he wants to do, he's great and he's doing a great job.

"I've seen GUNS N' ROSES twice now [on the 'Not In This Lifetime' tour] and he is kicking ass and I'm very happy for him. I'm really happy for all my friends who are in that band."

Stinson, a founding member of the seminal Minneapolis-based rock band THE REPLACEMENTS, last played with GUNS N' ROSES at a 2014 show in Las Vegas. But he looks back on time with GN'R fondly. "It was a great gig for me," he told Salon. "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."

GUNS N' ROSES' "Not In This Lifetime" stadium tour features classic lineup members Slash, Duff McKagan (bass) and Axl Rose backed by drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

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