When: Sat., Jan. 14, 8 p.m. 2017
Immediately following the breakup of seminal alternative-rock band the Replacements in 1991, bassist Tommy Stinson (and now-deceased drummer Steve Foley) splintered off to start up the four-piece Bash & Pop. Moving away from bass and stepping into the role of front man, Stinson kept the ’Mats spirit alive on Bash & Pop’s debut LP, 1993’s Friday Night Is Killing Me, playing the boozy, hook-laden, soulful midwestern rock perfected by former bandmate Paul Westerberg. The group’s initial run was short-lived, and by 1995 Stinson had moved on to fronting a band called Perfect before eventually replacing Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagen in 1998—he held down that spot till McKagen returned to GNR for last summer’s Not in This Lifetime . . . tour. As we all know by now, history tends to repeat itself, and the Replacements’ 2012 reunion and quick rebreakup has made way for a Bash & Pop reunion. Next week their second LP, Anything Could Happen (Fat Possum), sees the light of day as Stinson picks up right where he left off in the mid-90s: holding the ’Mats torch high above his head.