Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson discussed GNR’s reunion in a new interview with Q104.3, and if it surprised him.
“I kind of was, but not really, given the nature of what was going on. You know, like anyone, Axl has to work too, and they’ve all got their stuff — everyone’s got their stuff that they do. But, when it comes right down to it, the dude can’t just afford to sit around on his butt and do nothing. So he did the right thing — I think he totally did the right thing — and I think they’re having a ball. I’m in contact with them every now and then. I shoot them texts, like, ‘How’re you guys doing out there? What’s going on?’ It’s because I left it in the best way I possibly could, and I’m happy for ’em. You know, I’ve got a lot of friends in that group.”
Stinson added that he “went and saw a couple” of the shows on the “Not In This Lifetime” tour “and had a great time seeing them. They’re all still friends of mine,” he said. “The only one I really don’t know… I don’t know Slash; I don’t think I’ve ever met him before, although there’s some people that say I had at one point. I guess I should say I don’t remember meeting Slash.”