Interviews: Tommy Stinson & Ben Perlstein

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel interviewed both Tommy and Ben Perlstein (Tommy’s manager and co-manager of The Replacements) in advance of Saturday’s show in Milwaukee.

Tommy Stinson on reunited Replacements: ‘We’re roughly the same dudes’

“Especially for some of the songs, I miss Bob over there. I miss that from when I was a kid. But I don’t dwell on it,” Stinson said.

But Stinson claims “we’re roughly the same dudes, just a little more cantankerous, and probably a lot more (expletive) funny.”

“We’re having fun with this thing, and we’ve already gone on longer than we thought we would,” he said, saying there were no concrete Replacements plans beyond the tour. “Old Replacements fans and new ones are digging what we’re throwing down. And there are probably people out there thinking we’ve played more shows than we should have.”

Milwaukee manager Ben Perlstein has front-row seat to Replacements reunion

“I’ve been working in music for over 20 years, and this is the pinnacle for me,” said the 37-year-old New York resident, who started out booking shows and playing in Milwaukee bands the Benjamins and Mad Planet. “And to bring this tour to Milwaukee is amazing. I don’t think I’ve been more excited for a show.”

Back in 1991, no one thought there’d ever be another Replacements show, after the band broke up on stage in Grant Park in Chicago. But its boundary-pushing punk catalog, spanning from pop to country to ballads, plus its notorious reputation for chaotic concerts, has attracted new fans for decades.

Perlstein was one of them. He became obsessed with the Replacements after moving to Minneapolis in 2003, where he became Soul Asylum’s tour manager. Two years later, he met Replacements’ bassist Tommy Stinson, who filled in for Asylum’s Karl Mueller after he passed away.

“I was super nervous. It was Tommy Stinson. He was in the Replacements, played in Guns N’ Roses,” Perlstein said. “But we hit it off pretty quick. We would start scheming and coming up with ideas for how to make music, how to promote it, and over time and over a lot of drinks, it evolved into being his manager.”

“He was ambitious and thought through every sort of detail,” Stinson said. “He ain’t perfect, but none of them are. For my money, when I ask a question, I like to get answers, and I get the best from Ben.”

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