Tommy Stinson Says Quitting Guns N’ Roses Led to Classic Lineup Reunion

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Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson is taking credit for the band’s wildly successful reunion.

Stinson talked about his decision to leave the band on the Appetite For Distortion podcast – explaining that he quit the band in 2014 because he needed to be a ‘full-time dad’ at home.

“I got into a particular situation where I needed to be home,” Stinson explained. “It was one of the hardest decisions I had to make…It put me in a bad light with Axl, obviously, because he was upset with that and didn’t appreciate that at all.”

His decision to leave led to the eventual reunion with Duff McKagan and Slash – not to mention Axl’s brief stint filling in for Brian Johnson with AC/DC.

Stinson said “I can’t help but think that if [Axl] would look back now and look at what he did and what he’s done since I quit, he might kind of be glad that happened… I mean, for him to go out and tour with AC/DC.”

“Getting the whole band back together wouldn’t have happened — at least not then; might have maybe now,” continued Stinson. “But I think everything is rocking and rolling for him pretty good. I can’t imagine [Axl] not being grateful.”

Watch the complete interview here.


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