Home Bass 2: Tommy Stinson Headlines Habitat for Humanity Benefit Concert

December 15th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
Tommy Stinson

Tommy Stinson @ Club Helsinki, 4/10/12

Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Tommy Stinson – founding member of legendary rock band the Replacements and a touring member of stadium-rockers Guns n’ Roses – will headline Home Bass 2: A Little Help for Our Friends, a benefit concert for Columbia County Habitat for Humanity at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Saturday, January 3.

Stinson has tapped Happiness (featuring three of the five members of indie-rock group Deer Tick) to back him up for a set that will draw from his solo work, as well the repertoire of his former bands Bash & Pop and Perfect, and other projects.

Stinson is also curating the evening’s entertainment, which will feature performances by Rhett Miller, Elvis Perkins, Jesse Malin, Dust Bowl Faeries, Ruby Stinson and other surprise guests.

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The Replacements: Back in the Saddle Again…

August 26th, 2013, 11:00 am by Greg

On Sunday night (August 25), Hudson’s own Tommy Stinson strapped on his bass and stood in the spotlight alongside his old bandmate Paul Westerberg, playing their first show together in 22 years as the Replacements.

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LIVE: “Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat” @ Club Helsinki, 1/27/13

January 31st, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Tommy Stinson and Melissa Auf der Maur

Tommy Stinson and Melissa Auf der Maur

Review and photographs by Tim Livingston
Additional photograph by Erika Clark

It was the brainchild of Club Helsinki co-owner Marc Schafler: “Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat,” a one-time-only event bringing together four notable musicians, who all now reside in Hudson and whose main instrument is that of four-strings (three basses, one cello), together on the same stage for the first time, for a cabaret-style benefit concert, for a cause all those involved support – the Columbia County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

The Helsinki folks opened up the sliding walls between the restaurant and the club in order to welcome the capacity crowd who turned out en-masse to support the cause and witness what truly was a unique, diverse, one-of-a-kind performance.

Melissa Auf der Maur – now a solo artist, but also known for her work with alt-rockers Hole and Smashing Pumpkins – hosted the event. She was joined by Meshell Ndegeocello, Tommy Stinson and Melora Creager, the other three members of what you could call the Hudson Bass Cartel.

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The Replacements Redux?

October 25th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg

With Tommy Stinson relocating to Hudson recently, it’s no surprise that there might be a Local 518 resurgence in interest in the Replacements.

But now it seems as though there’s a whole nation-wide Replacements renaissance.

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Tommy Stinson’s GNR Bass Benefit

September 24th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

Tommy Stinson's bassTommy Stinson – founding member of the seminal Replacements and current bassist for Guns N’ Roses and Soul Asylum – has donated a bass for online auction at eBay, with proceeds going to benefit the Hudson Valley community radio station WGXC 90.7-FM.

His autographed mid-’90s Fender Precision bass with EMG pickups is the bass that Stinson used during the past seven years while on tour with Guns N’ Roses. It was also used for all recordings on the 2008 Guns N’ Roses album, Chinese Democracy.

The bass is valued at $1,500. Bidding starts at $2,000, and the auction will end on Wednesday (September 26).

LIVE: Tommy Stinson’s Benefit for the Tools For Timkatec Program in Haiti @ Club Helsinki, 4/10/12

April 13th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg
Tommy Stinson

Tommy Stinson

Review by Tim Livingston
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson You can see more of Kirsten’s photos from the show here.

Tommy Stinson threw a party and nearly half of Hudson showed up.

Now a resident of the Columbia County river town, Tommy called on his new community to come out and help him raise funds for the Timkatec Schools in Haiti, which teach orphaned Haitian kids the necessary skills to work on rebuilding their country amidst devastation and poverty. And Tommy’s new community responded big-time. A huge crowd was on hand at Club Helsinki – on a Tuesday night none-the-less – to take part in a silent auction and enjoy a cavalcade of artists who donated their time to perform at the event. A lot of folks from all walks of life coming together in their community to help others who have literally nothing. The event in a word: Success!

I guess it has to be mentioned to those not familiar that Tommy, starting at the age of 13, was the bass player with arguably the best rock & roll band of the ’80s, the Replacements, and currently holds down the bottom on tour with Guns N’ Roses. But those accomplishments, as impressive as they are, sell Tommy short, as he has also had a stellar, if somewhat underground, solo career with his post-Mats bands – Bash & Pop and Perfect – as well as two solo albums under his own name, the most recent being the newly released “One Man Mutiny.” But more on that later…

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LIVE: Steve Earle @ Club Helsinki, 1/8/12

January 10th, 2012, 4:10 pm by Greg

Review by Bokonon

The first time I saw Steve Earle live was at The Ritz in 1987.

He was the unannounced opening act for the Replacements, and he was in fact replacing the originally announced Green on Red. That was a good thing in my book. The then minty fresh “Guitar Town” was pretty much living on my turntable, whereas GOR’s “The Killer Inside Me” was boring my pants off and nobody wants to see that, not even back then.

The last time I saw Steve Earle was Sunday night, at Hudson’s Club Helsinki, and in some kind of weird time loop, I ended up watching the first part of the show over new Hudson resident Tommy Stinson’s shoulder.

I’m here to tell you the man rocks a trilby. Stinson. Not Earle. Earle is bald like me.

At The Ritz, in another lifetime, Earle was a fine young buck, playing the role of a Texas Springsteen in a white V-neck and slim blue jeans. In Hudson, he was all pate and beard, thumbpick and glasses.

But the songs are still there, and Earle owns Americana whether alone or with a band.

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