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Stinson talks about 'Mats shows, McKagan replacing him in Guns N' Roses

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: April 2, 2014 - 7:13 PM

Tommy Stinson with Guns N' Roses/ Star Tribune photo by Renee Jones Schneider

Tommy Stinson will have his own replacement – in Guns N’ Roses. And it’s the guy he replaced.

Duff McKagan, GNR’s bassist from 1985-93, will rejoin Axl Rose and pals for five GNR shows in South America this month while Stinson is playing with the Replacements at Coachella on April 11 and 18.

The Minneapolis-bred bassist, who has played with GNR since 1998, told Billboard.com:

"I had those Replacement shows come up the same time the (South American) tour came up, and it got to be a scheduling issue right out of the gate. I didn't want to [screw] anyone up in Guns by saying, 'Hey, I can't do this tour' or anything like that. Luckily someone was able to reach out to Duff and he was amenable to the idea and was into doing it. It's Duff being the kind of good sport he is, trying to help Axl (Rose) out. So I'm like, 'Thanks dude, for covering my ass on this one.' I think people are gonna be really stoked about it. It's gonna be fun for everyone."

Stinson will be back with GNR for a May 13 show in Columbus, Ohio.  

McKagan joined GNR onstage during three shows in 2010 and played with them in 2012 when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Duff McKagan/ Associated Press

Duff McKagan/ Associated Press

As for future Replacements gigs beyond the two at Coachella and May 10 in Atlanta at the Shaky Knees Music Festival, Stinson told Billboard: "We're going to go out there and have fun and play our [bleeping] show and go from there. Anything at this point could happen. As long as we're having fun doing it, I think we [bleeping] do it for as long as we want. That's kind of our modus operandi right now -- go out and have fun and play our songs and make people happy and have a hoot. I'm just surprised people want it so much; it's a daunting prospect, but then again nobody's really expecting us to be anything better or worse than we were 20 years ago, so it's not really that big of a hurdle to jump over."

Fleetwood Mac to reunite with Christine McVie, starting in Minneapolis

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: March 27, 2014 - 10:10 AM
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham played Xcel Energy Center last April before bassist John McVie was diagnosed with cancer. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham played Xcel Energy Center last April before bassist John McVie was diagnosed with cancer. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

For the first time in 16 years, Fleetwood Mac is going to tour with its heyday era co-vocalist/keyboardist Christine McVie this fall – and Minnesotans will be the first audience to see her back in action with the band. Their 33-city tour will kick off Sept. 30 at Target Center in Minneapolis. Tickets go on sale April 7 for $49.50-$179.50 through AXS.com or the arena box office. There’s also an American Express pre-sale that starts Monday at 10 a.m.

Christine McVie

Christine McVie

In a new Q&A with Rolling Stone, McVie said she quit the band in 1998 mostly out of a fear of both flying and Los Angeles earthquakes (where the other members live), and a desire to stay off the road. “It was never anything personal between the five of us,” said McVie, whose standards with the band included "You Make Loving Fun" and "Little Lies."

The rest of the group played here several times in the interim, most recently last year at Xcel Energy Center. However, last year’s tour was cut short when bassist John McVie – Christine’s ex-husband – was diagnosed with cancer. “His health is on the up," Christine told Rolling Stone. "He's still doing chemotherapy. He just came in to do his bass parts, so everyone is real excited about that."

Eminem, OutKast, Skrillex, Lorde top Lollapalooza 2014 lineup

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: March 26, 2014 - 9:47 AM
Eminem headlined Coachella in 2012 and is back on the festival circuit this summer. / Chris Pizzello, Associated Press

Eminem headlined Coachella in 2012 and is back on the festival circuit this summer. / Chris Pizzello, Associated Press

The mega-fest most frequented by Minnesotans – and an indicator of which bands might play here in the days around it – Lollapalooza announced its 2014 lineup this morning four months ahead of its 10th annual installment Aug. 1-3 in Chicago’s Grant Park. Hip-hop and electronic dance music will rule this year with Eminem, OutKast, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Zedd, Krewella and Nas among the top names, but there will be plenty of rock, too, with Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, the Avett Brothers, Spoon, Foster the People, Interpol and Broken Bells. Oh, and Lorde is going to be there, too.


Lorde might be a good bet as one of the acts that could spill over and perform in the Twin Cities right before or after her Lolla gig, given the fact that she’s yet to play here and could easily sell out St. Paul’s Roy Wilkins Auditorium (where the National, Killers and Postal Service all played that same week last year around their Chicago stops). Other likely spillover candidates for the Wilkins include OutKast, Foster the People and -- even though they recently played First Avenue -- Arctic Monkeys or Skrillex. Sure would be nice if First Ave could nab Spoon and a few others in the Midwest caravan, too. Minnesota fans eager to see OutKast could see them a month earlier at Milwaukee's Summerfest on June 29.

A limited number of $100 single-day tickets for Lollapalooza go on sale today at 10 a.m. Click here to see the day-by-day lineups. Here’s a rundown of the biggest names on the lineup below.

Eminem, OutKast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Lorde, Nas, Foster the People, Zedd, Lykke Li, Interpol, Chromeo, Cut Copy, CHVRCHES, The Avett Brothers, Spoon, Broken Bells, Darkside, Sebastian Ingrosso, Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper, Above & Beyond, Phosphorescent, Cage the Elephant, the Head and the Heart, Young the Giant, Portugal. the Man, The 1975, Jenny Lewis, London Grammar, Warpaint, Run the Jewels, the Glitch Mob, Gramatik, Chase and Status, Blood Orange, the So So Glos, Manchester Orchestra, Flume, AFI, Parquet Courts, Lucius, Kate Nash, The Kooks, J., Roddy Walston & The Business, Bombay Bicycle Club, Meg Myers, Vic Mensa, Jungle, Kodaline, White Denim, Typhoon, Courtney Barnett, NONONO, Bleachers and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

Elvis Costello will do solo gig June 9 at the O'Shaughnessy

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: March 24, 2014 - 6:27 PM

Star Tribune photo by Leah Millis

Elvis Costello is finally bringing his solo tour to the Twin Cities, on June 9 at the O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has been doing a series of regional solo tours for the past several years even though he’s been releasing ambitious recording projects, such as last year’s collaboration with the Roots, “Wise Up Ghost.” In April, Costello and his band, the Imposters, will gig in Australia and New Zealand.

His 10-show solo tour will kick off with the St. Kate’s performance. He’ll also perform in Milwaukee, Chicago, Nashville and Toronto, among other cities. Tickets for St. Paul will go on sale Friday.

Costello last performed in the Twin Cities in 2011 with his so-called "Spectacular Spinning Songbook" for which he used a Wheel of Fortune-like wheel to determine the set. He last appeared at the O’Shaughnessy in 2006 with New Orleans stalwart Allen Toussaint.

GRRRL PRTY to headline 2014's Memory Lanes Block Party (May 24-25)

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: March 20, 2014 - 11:54 AM
La Manchita and the rest of GRRRL PRTY perform the first day of 2014's Memory Lanes Block Party. / Leslie Plesser, Star Tribune

La Manchita and the rest of GRRRL PRTY perform the first day of 2014's Memory Lanes Block Party. / Leslie Plesser, Star Tribune

With the first day of spring comes the first block party lineup announcement: The Memory Lanes Block Party will return for a two-day run May 24 and 25 (Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend) in the large parking outside the Seward neighborhood bowling alley. Lizzo’s dance-sparking quintet GRRRL PRTY will headline on Saturday -- they've probably been invited to every block party this summer --  and Detroit's Bloodshot-recording twang-rockers the Deadstring Brothers top out Sunday’s bill. The rest of the 3 p.m.-2  a.m. lineups range from pally soulful garage-rockers Black Diet and Southside Desire to bluesy wild man Crankshaft to excellent rockabilly upstarts Ross Kleiner & the Thrill. Here’s the full rundown:



As always, the outdoor portion of the event is free and all ages. The party will continue indoors after 10 p.m. for fans 21-and-up. It’s a rain-or-shine event, but surely the good Lord will have mercy on us and bring us some much-needed fun in the sun.



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