Everyone has stories from high school, but one thing’s likely certain: longtime bassist Tommy Stinson’s tales are much wilder than yours.
He was just 13 when he joined his brother Bob in the Minneapolis-born Replacements, making Stinson’s teenage nights far more unhinged than the average pubescent. The band made its legendarily unpredictable rock reputation on and off the stage, all while its energy was personified by the unbridled instrumental machinations of Stinson, who will perform a solo gig at 7 p.m. May 8 in the Leopard Lounge at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The opener is Frankie Lee.
Stinson spent part of the last two decades with Axl Rose as a major cog in Guns n’ Roses (which he left last year) including the “Chinese Democracy” album; filled in on bass with fellow Minnesota brethren, Soul Asylum; and recorded two solo albums, most recently 2011’s “Village Gorilla Head.” Such accumulated experience should make for interesting stories (high school-aged or otherwise) when he visits Buffalo.
Tickets are $20-$24 (box office, ticketfly.com).