TOMMY STINSON: 'People Say I Sold Out When I Joined GUNS N' ROSES'

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson is the subject of the latest "A Night Out With…" column in the "Fashion & Style" section of this weekend's The New York Times magazine.

At Niagara, an East Village bar owned by a friend, Mr. Stinson ordered a Guinness, then another. His friend Richard Fortus, a GUNS N' ROSES member, stopped by with his girlfriend, and the rockers briefly commiserated about "going back on Axl's clock" in Los Angeles. But Mr. Stinson conceded that he had nothing to complain about. Paying for everybody's drinks, he recalled how when his post-REPLACEMENTS career was fizzling he had become a telemarketer. The boy wonder of indie rock was, at 30, selling toner on the phone: "I was great at it. Made more money than I ever had from music."

Axl Rose rescued him from toner, inspiring a fierce loyalty. "People say I sold out when I joined GUNS N' ROSES," Mr. Stinson said. "But I've never met anyone who cares less about what people think." Read more.


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