The Tracii Guns version of L.A. GUNS, consisting of Tracii on guitar, his son Jeremy on bass, Paul Black on vocals and Chad Stewart on drums, has announced the following tour dates:
30 – Crowbar – Johnson City, Tennessee
1 – The Sound Garden – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
5 – The Lighthouse – Imperial, Pennsylvania
6 – McGuffys – Dayton, Ohio
7 – Shakers – Cambridge, Ohio
8 – The Monkey Bar – Huntington, West Virginia
9 – Zakks – Murfreesboro, North Carolina
11 – Johnny B – Whitby, Ontario
12 – ADC Perfomance Center – Southbridge, Massachusetts
13 – Brighton Bar – Long Branch, New Jersey
14 – Jaxx – Springfield, Virginia
4 – House Of Blues – Hollywood, California
5 – Canyon Club – Las Vegas, Nevada
10 – House Of Blues – San Diego, Californa
Tracii Guns has issued the following statement:
“It has come to my attention that my old band mates Phil Lewis and Steve Riley are desperately trying to wage a campaign to have LA Guns shows cancelled. Although it is not an ideal situation, I think that by now everyone is aware that there are two versions of LA Guns performing out on the road. I have repeatedly tried to responsibly fix the situation, but obviously some old wounds never heal – mine included. Rather than insist on the other version of LA Guns immediately cease all activities, I have for whatever reason allowed them to continue to exist for the simple reason that I think the world is big enough for both of us. I also think that they, like all of us, have a right to make a living.
Now I have learned that Phil has made it a personal goal to basically attack the version of LA Guns that features me. They have sent false statements to several promoters saying that I am not performing with the ‘real’ LA Guns, etc. Whichever version of LA Guns the fans favor, I would hope that everyone knows that this is completely ridiculous. With all due respect to their contributions to LA Guns history, Phil and Steve were not even the original members of the band. Now they have the balls to say that I am not the ‘real’ version of LA Guns? I guess that is what I get for trying to mind my own business and be a good guy.
We have played all over the world this year to great crowds including Trinidad, Argentina, two tours of Europe, three US tours, Korea, and now we are looking forward to playing in 2008 all over and will start the new year on a west coast run with SKID ROW.”
The band you will see live is not the same group that recorded this CD, but is the Tracii Guns version of L.A. Guns with Paul Black on vocals (Paul Black was the singer in L.A. Guns prior to Phil Lewis), Chad Stewart on Drums, and Jeremy Guns on bass. Which one you prefer to see live probably depends on which singer or guitarist you prefer, but at Rocklahoma, you aren’t going to get that choice. Drummer Steve Riley owns 50% of the L.A. Guns name, and Tracii Guns the other 50%. As a result of this, you get two bands with the same name.
This live CD however features the Phil Lewis lead L.A. Guns, and shows off the talents of band still recording under the this name (actually Tracii Guns, L.A. Guns is now recording under this name too, what a ball of confusion), and the vocalist that most L.A. Guns fans are familiar with.
This L.A. Guns line up features singer Phil Lewis, guitarist Stacey Blades (Roxx Gang), drummer Steve Riley and bassist Scott Griffin.
So how does this version of L.A. Guns sound? Pretty damn good. Phil Lewis sounds great on vocals, and Stacey Blades does a damn good job on guitar. Just listen to the solo on the track on Nothing Better to Do, and you will be sold on the new L.A. Guns axeman! This group sounds as good as the initial band that recorded the self titled debut, back in 1988, and this disc shows that they can still kick ass live in 2006! Their biggest hits are well represented on Loud and Dangerous, plus you get a couple of videos to boot. If you like your hard rock live, this disc is almost as good as being there.
Sadly, You won’t experience this version of the band at Rocklahoma. I can only hope that the Tracii Guns version of the band can reproduce the kind of energy heard on this disc live. You can hear Tracii’s L.A. Guns at their myspace page here , for the Phil Lewis lead L.A. Guns, visit the following link.
The videos below will give you a taste of Phil Lewis and Stacey Blades live. Great Stuff!
Rating: Out of 10
1. No Mercy
2. Sex Action
3. Never Enough
4. Over the Edge
5. Rock N’ Roll Outlaw
6. Nothing Better to Do
7. Hellraisers Ball
8. One More Reason
9. Electric Gypsy
10. Ballad of Jayne
11. Rip and Tear
12. Don’t Look at Me That Way
13. Hollywood’s Burning [DVD]
14. It Don’t Mean Nothing [DVD]