Anniversary of The Replacements' Bob Stinson's Death

02/18/2011
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(Gibson) On this day in 1995, American guitarist Bob Stinson from The Replacements died from a drug overdose, his body was found in his Uptown, Minneapolis apartment. Gibson takes a look back: Legend has it that The Replacements were formed because Bob Stinson was trying to prevent his younger brother Tommy from getting into trouble. In 1978, 19-year-old Bob gave 11-year-old Tommy a bass, to keep him off the streets of Minneapolis.

Actually, they weren't called The Replacements yet (the band was called Dog's Breath), but some key pieces were there. Bob on guitar, Tommy on bass and Bob's friend Chris Mars on drums. Mostly, their practice sessions were an excuse to play Aerosmith and Yes covers, drink alcohol and get high. That is, until Paul Westerberg joined the group.

Westerberg had been working as a janitor, and would stop by to hang out during rehearsals. Eventually, he was invited to join the band, and he became Dog's Breath's lead singer. Although drugs and alcohol were still present, Westerberg began bringing original material to the group and stressed the importance of practicing his punk rock songs until he was satisfied. more on this story

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