The Replacements, from left: Paul Westerberg, Chris Mars, Bob Stinson and Tommy Stinson
Bob Stinson, lead guitarist and founding member of The Replacements, who passed away on February 18th, 1995 after years of hard drug and alcohol abuse, would have celebrated his birthday today, December 17th (born in 1959). I remember reading an article called “Hold My Life,” a brutally honest and deeply sad interview with Bob, in SPIN magazine less than six month before he died. You could see right then that he wasn’t long for this world. Rest in peace, Bob.
On This Date, November 21st In 1995: Peter Grant, manager of The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin and Bad Company, died of a heart attack. He was 60 years old. Grant was a total bad ass who has been described as “one of the shrewdest and most ruthless managers in rock history.” He is widely credited with improving pay and conditions for musicians in dealings with concert promoters.