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Tommy Stinson readies flood of new tunes, starting with ‘Can’t Be Bothered’

Tommy Stinson plays with the Replacements last year at Midway Stadium. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

After nearly two years playing with the reunited Replacements, Tommy Stinson is returning to his solo career with a series of new releases and tour dates, starting with a charity single recorded in London.

All proceeds from Stinson’s new single “Can’t Be Bothered” will be donated to the Roundhouse Trust: a fund providing creative opportunities for young people at London’s Roundhouse, where the ‘Mats played two shows last month and where the song was recorded with guitarist Davey Lane (of Replacements openers You am I) and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars). Dickinson’s father Jim Dickinson produced the Replacements’ album Pleased to Meet Me in 1987.

I did it as a demo thinking I’d record it with Luther and the band he and I started making a record with this past winter, but the experience at The Roundhouse was such a hoot that I decided to release it as-is,” writes Stinson in a press release. “It’s rare to randomly run into a couple good mates on the road and be able to record a brand new song on the spot, and I’ll never forget it.”

Stinson has also been recording songs in his upstate New York home studio with Dickinson, bassist Cat Popper, drummer Frank Ferrer (one of Stinson’s Guns N’ Roses bandmates), and keyboardist Tony Kieraldo. Two of those songs will be the basis of a two-song Burger Records release called L.M.A.O. (“Breathing Room” and “Not This Time”) that will be out on 7″, cassette, and digital as of Sept. 11. In the press release, Stinson further drops an album tease: “I now have enough for a full-length whatever-you-want-to-call-it-these-days, which will be released in due time.”

Meanwhile, Stinson and his band have some upcoming tour dates—including the Turf Club on Sept. 12.

Sept. 10 – Green Bay, WI – Lyric Room w/ Obsoletes, Beach Slang & Midnight Reruns

Sept. 11 – Milwaukee, WI – Club Garibaldi w/ Obsoletes & Beach Slang

Sept. 12 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club w/ Beach Slang & Midnight Reruns

Sept. 13 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest