Guns N’ Roses, the legendary rock band formed by Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, and Steven Adler, have been rocking the world since 1985 without losing a bit of their fame and increasing their fortune.
The band had over 15 line-up changes, and for 30-years, Guns N’ Roses released six successful albums followed by eight big tours. Tommy Stinson joined Guns N’ Roses in 1998 and worked on ‘Chinese Democracy’ in 2008 and ‘Appetite for Democracy 3D’ in 2014 with the band.
In 2019, Forbes added Metallica and Guns N’ Roses to the World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities list. However, even though Tommy Stinson had been with the band for over 15 years, he stated in 2017 that he is ‘broke-ass poor.’
Why Did Tommy Stinson Quit Guns N’ Roses?
Before joining Guns N’ Roses, he was the bassist of the Replacements and played alongside Paul Westerberg, Bob Stinson, and Chris Mars until they disbanded in 1991. Stinson then formed Bash & Pop and was the band’s frontman for three years.
Stinson joined Guns N’ Roses in 1998, and there’s a pretty interesting story considering why he quit the band. There was a problem in 2006 when Axl Rose made fun of Eagles of Death Metal, who were their opening act. Rose called them ‘Pigeons of Shit Metal,’ and Stinson got angry because he was the one who suggested that band for their opening act.
Later, the bassist talked about this incident and stated that there weren’t any hard feelings towards Rose or any band members. However, by 2014, Stinson had to reject five Guns N’ Roses tours because he wanted to take care of his daughter. His fatherly duties and instincts outweighed his desire to perform with the band.
As Tommy was such a sought out member and spent years working with Guns N’ Roses, fans were shocked to find out that he is ‘broke-ass poor’ these days when he spoke in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2017.
Here is what he stated in the interview about being poor:
“I’m glad for Guns N’ Roses. I would be gladder if I wasn’t so broke-ass poor right now, but whatever. I’m kidding. At least I have means. I have myself. I’ve got Benny, I’ve got Dodger.”
He has been off the music scene since he quit GN’R and hasn’t produced much since then. His occasional guitar posts on his Instagram account show his fans that he is still passionate about music. Tommy will get back on stage for a benefit show on September 11, 2021, for a non-profit organization called Perfect Ten Hudson, which supports girls’ schooling.