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Guns N’ Roses’ Bass Player: ‘I Really Have No Idea What’s Going On’

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Confused about what’s going on with Guns N’ Roses these days? Join the party. It turns out that not even exclusive membership in the band guarantees you a clue anymore.

Bassist Tommy Stinson recently told Minnesota’s Star Tribune that his “status in the group [is] up in the air.” “I reach out once in a while to that crew of people — a lot of whom are also my good friends — but I really have no idea what’s going on,” he said. “I didn’t quit the gig or walk away from it. We just all sort of left it in Vegas.”

Stinson has been Guns N’ Roses’ bass player since 1998, and recently got off the road with his original band, ’80s college-rock heroes the Replacements, who recently reunited for a brief tour. His comments don’t add much fuel to the recent rumors regarding the Appetite for Destruction-era GNR getting back together, which recently surfaced following news that singer Axl Rose and guitarist Slash are speaking again. If anything, they confirm that nobody really knows what’s going on with the band.

Last week, an overexcited club owner in Australia said he was pretty sure GNR would reunite at a big music festival early next year. Then the festival promoter stepped in and said no way it’s gonna happen anytime soon since (in his opinion) there’s far too many legal hurdles to cross to get all five members together again.

The rumors began swelling even before that, when it was reported that Stinson’s GNR bandmates — guitarists DJ Ashba and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal — had left the group, leaving the Rose-led band in disarray. (Apparently, drummer Frank Ferrer thinks everything is okay.)

Either way, Stinson said his Guns N’ Roses run, whether or not it’s reached the end, has been a good one. “I’ll be honest with you: [Rose] was always very good to me, and it was always a really good gig,” he said. “It wasn’t necessarily the easiest gig, but it was always good. I have nothing but gratitude for it. If they got [the modern lineup] together again and wanted me to play, of course I’d have to think about it.”

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