Stinson is probably known to many GN’R fans only as the guy who was standing next to the drum kit during the newest version of the band’s few live shows. But to others, Stinson is known as one of Minneapolis’s fearsome four, The Replacements, which he formed at the age of 13 with his brother Bob, Chris Mars and Paul Westerberg.

After that storied, drunken escapade, three of the original members took off to do solo projects, with Bob passing away after years of hard living. Stinson formed Bash & Pop, which was basically his project.

Last year, he borrowed some mobile equipment from Frank Black (of Pixies fame) and started recording. That led to the solo album Village Gorilla Head, which led to this tour.

Stinson kicked things off at San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill August 28 with his opening act, Alien Crime Syndicate, which also acts as Stinson’s backup band. The tour stops include his home city of Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Philly, New York, and Hoboken, N.J., plus dates in England, Scotland and Ireland.

Stinson tours Europe through October in a solo acoustic show, playing with Jesse Malin.