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.
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.
Tommy 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).
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…
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.