When Tommy Stinson comes to town, he doesn’t have to go too far because he’s already in town! A Philly area resident for the past couple of years, the Guns N Roses bassist has been busy with a tour that has taken him everywhere from Australia to Abu Dhabi. With a few idle months and a lot of new music on his hard drive, he’s chomping at the bit to get out with a little combo for a few dates to road test soon to be released material. That’s what brings him to the North Star, 27th and Poplar, on Friday February 18.
This mini-tour, that extends to NYC, Boston and Arlington, Va. will be a showcase for his new music which he’s been working on for several years now. Recorded in a Delaware County basement as well as an LA studio, there’s a range of styles and influences that include a Stones-y raveup, punked up blues and even a cowboy yodeling around the campfire. The setlist will also draw from his post-Replacements projects such as Bash N Pop and Perfect and his first solo outing, Village Gorilla Head. Plus, he’s been known to jump on a classic cover or two in performance as well.
The combo is a family affair with fiancee Emily Roberts singing on the songs that she also performs on the record. For the North Star show, Chip Roberts will accompany on guitar, as he did on much of the forthcoming record. Longtime Philadelphia local music fans will remember Chip’s “chicken pickin'” playing with bands like The One-400’s and The Drinkers. (disclosure: I’m married to Chip Roberts and Emily is my niece so that makes Tommy my “almost” nephew. I’m a tad biased but the new music is REALLY good!)
It’ll be a one hour show with an opening act still to be determined. For more information, visit the North Star Bar website.
North Star Bar
27th and Poplar
$10 at the door
Opening Act TBA