It is hard to believe that the M3 festival was over a week ago already. This week went so fast. One of the bands that I haven’t seen many folks talk about at M3 is L.A. Guns. L.A. Guns was the third band on the main stage at the M3 Rock Festival last weekend. I was looking forward to seeing them again. I knew that the band probably wouldn’t have any new tunes to offer live (they didn’t), but they always put on a pretty good set, and their M3 appearance was no exception. I have seen L.A. Guns at least once a year for the last four years, and they haven’t ever disappointed me. This is the band’s second appearance at M3, and first with new member, Kenny Kweens.
Kenny Kweens (ex. Beautiful Creatures) is the new bass player for L.A. Guns. I knew this guy was good, but was surprised to find that he actually added something to L.A Guns live show. Kweens is a talented player, and has a lot of energy on stage. He also has a very cool glam look that is a nice addition to the band.
It was extremely hot at the M3 Festival, and in the Pavillion area under the roof, it was even hotter. Phil Lewis came out with a long sleeve shirt and leather vest. Did someone not tell Phil it was hotter than hell in Maryland? He looked great, but I can’t even image how hot he had to be.
L.A. Guns set offered no real surprises in their set list, but they did put on a good show. I know the band gets a lot of crap with the constant feud with Tracii Guns, but honestly, I still believe that this is the one, and only version of L.A. Guns that you need to see live. Stacey Blades may not be as good as Tracii, but he does do a good job with the songs. Ironically, a tweet came over on Twitter from Tracii Guns, when L.A. Guns was on stage. Coincidence? I think not.
You can check out a couple of clips and pictures from the show below.
The Phil Lewis-fronted version of L.A. GUNS has parted ways with bassist Scotty Griffin and has replaced him with Kenny Kweens (BEAUTIFUL CREATURES).
Commented Lewis: “One of [Scotty's] side projects has hit the jackpot. THE KING MIXERS have been offered a residency at the Sunset Station Casino in Vegas where he’ll be playing every Saturday night for at least a year. Naturally, we’re sorry to see him go; it’s been a true pleasure having him with us for over two hundred shows over the last couple of years. He’s a great musician and a very fun guy to have out on the road. He will be sincerely missed.”
Regarding Griffin‘s relacement, Lewis said, “We’ve been friends with Kenny for a long time and have tried to get him in the band several times and now it seems the stars are aligned and the timing’s right, so he’ll be picking up the slack from Scotty. His first show with us will be opening for WHITESNAKE at the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City, Iowa on July 18 and all the rest of the shows we have booked until the end of the year, including three weeks in Europe in September.
He added, “We’ve been working songs from the set in the studio with [Kenny] and he sounds amazing. Him and Steve [Riley, drums] have great chemistry and the music sounds very solid. Both Stacey [Blades, guitar] and I are delighted to have such a gentleman in the band.
“It’s our first change in lineup since Adam [Hamilton, bass] left almost three years ago, so we all feel very fortunate to have such a good player join us for a very busy summer and hopefully some recording when things quieten down at the end of the year.”
L.A. GUNS‘ latest album, “Tales from the Strip”, was released in August 2005 in the U.S. via Shrapnel Records. The CD, which was produced by Andy Johns (LED ZEPPELIN, THE ROLLING STONES), was lyrically inspired by a historically significant rock scene that L.A. GUNS had a strong hand in creating.
Phil Lewis‘ L.A. GUNS is not to be confused with the Tracii Guns-led version of the group, which is also continuing to record and perform under the L.A. GUNS moniker.