It’s an original bassist switcheroo for Guns N’ Roses for their South American tour that begins this weekend. Here’s the deal: Current GN’R bassist Tommy Stinson is hooking back up with his other band, The Replacements. They’ve got some reunion shows lined up. So, GN’R needed a bassist that knew their stuff and welcomed original GN’R bassist Duff McKagan on board. There are five dates in South America. Let’s just hope that whatever bad blood there may be between McKagan and Axl Rose is subdued. Actually, screw that … I hope there’s a fight on stage. It would make for a great viral video, wouldn’t it? Stinson will be back with the band when they hit up the US in May.
From Flea’s Mouth
If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a Flea, it’s best to get it from the Flea’s mouth, right? The eccentric bassist from the Red Hot Chili Peppers landed a deal to pen an autobiography—that’s when the subject writes the biography about themselves. Surely there’s no room for exaggeration, now is there? There’s no title or release date yet, but we’ll keep you posted.
NIN on ACL
Nine Inch Nails will be featured on the popular PBS Austin City Limits TV show April 5th. A video of the band’s performance of the 1989-era tune “Sanctified” is streaming online. The tune gets a makeover from the album version, updated with a funkier bass line and a conglomeration of electronic frequencies Nails fans have come to love. Producers of Austin City Limits say that Reznor is one of the most focused, intense and creative artists they’ve worked with. Again, April 5th on PBS. Check your local listings.
We know who the inductees are for the Rock Hall, but what about the inductors? The lineup of people ready to hand over the induction awards, or whatever the hell inductees get, includes Tom Morello inducting KISS. REM’s Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana. There are some other stars inducting other artists, but if you want to see that you’ll have to tune in to HBO May 31st for the broadcast. The actual ceremony is April 10th in New York.
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