Blabbermouth is reporting that the Tracii Guns version of L.A. Guns has a new singer……
The rock ‘n’ roll band L.A. GUNS, featuring guitarist Tracii Guns, has some big news heading into its Summer Blackout Tour 2008.
The band will be hitting the road this month with a couple of new members on board. In addition to Tracii Guns on lead guitar, Jeremy Guns will be on bass along with Chad Stewart on drums, and the group has enlisted new rhythm guitar player Alec “Big Al” Bauer, who has been touring with L.A. GUNS since 2007.
Marty Casey, the “new blonde guy,” as the band has affectionately referred to him on its web site, is the new voice of L.A. GUNS. Casey gained recognition as a vocalist along with millions of fans during his run on the hit CBS show “Rock Star: INXS”. He was also instrumental in writing and creating new material on the upcoming L.A. GUNS album.
The boys of L.A. GUNS have another “big gun” in their pocket. The band is currently in Canada recording its new album with multi-Grammy-Award-winning producer Steve Thompson. Tracii describes the CD by saying, “This definitely will not be your father’s L.A. GUNS.” He adds that and the music is “slightly more advanced” and the lyrics are “more introspective without losing the fun nature of our rock ‘n’ roll.”
L.A. GUNS is currently signed to Alexus Records. Look for these guys on tour this summer with FASTER PUSSYCAT and BANG TANGO as they blaze a trail through a city near you.
Upcoming L.A. GUNS shows:
Jun. 27 – Green Bay, WI @ Club Toxic
Jun. 28 – Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada @ Runway Park
Jul. 03 – San Juan, Puerto Rico @ Hard Rock Live
Jul. 05 – Sarasota, FL @ Muscle Fairgrounds
Jul. 10 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
Jul. 11 – Dallas, TX @ Firewater Outdoors
Jul. 12 – Boerne, TX @ South Texas Rock Fest.
Jul. 13 – Houston, TX @ Meridian
Jul. 14 – Texarkana, AR @ Shooters Sports Bar
Jul. 17 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Jul. 18 – Johnson City, TN @ Nashville Station
Jul. 19 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Jul. 23 – Schaumburg, IL @ Chicago City Limits
Jul. 24 – Green Bay, WI @ Club Toxic
Jul. 25 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
Did you hear the George Lynch interview on the Eddie Trunk Live show on XM41 last night.
George was pretty animated, and very honest with his answers with Eddie last night.
George mentioned that they tried to do the Dokken reunion this year, but it didn’t come together. He mentioned that he is still close to Jeff Pilson, and he doesn’t want to do a Dokken reunion without him. Lynch said that Pilson will be busy with Foreigner until at least 2010, so don’t expect a Dokken reunion before then. He also said that Mick Brown is up for it as well, when or if they decide to do it.
Eddie mentioned that Don was holding out for the kind of money for their reunion where they could rent separate buses for him and George Lynch.
George was pretty animated when he heard that. He said that the bus rentals cost so much money that the bus companies end up making all of the profit off of the tours. He thought it was nuts that with them all being in their fifties that they couldn’t get along. He said for that matter, they could just throw him in a trailer on the back of the bus, with a couple of solar panels, for him and his guitar. Throw him an occasional hamburger and he will be fine.
Eddie asked him what he thought about the new Dokken album, Lightning Strikes Again. George said he has listened to the clips of it, and it sounds good. He said that Don is trying to revisit the formula of music that Dokken was known for. He doesn’t want to play that style of music, and it frustrates his fans. He said that is what 50% of the fans want to hear and Don is making a bunch of people happy.
Lynch also mentioned that he is working on a distribution deal for his new CD with London LeGrand, Souls of We. He hopes to have it out for purchase later this summer. (You can buy it now through I-Tunes, and Amazon.com as downloads.) He also hopes to tour this fall with Souls of We.
The Lynch Mob tour is about to start up soon, and he seemed pretty excited about that. He said with the addition of Tommy Aldridge and Marco Mendoza, not too many people will be upset about Mick Brown and Anthony Esposito not playing with him and Oni Logan.
He also mentioned that a new Lynch Mob record is not out of the question, as he has received offers to do another record.
This interview will be available through I-Tunes for free soon. I highly recommend that you check it out. It was one of the better ones on Eddie Trunk Live.
Apocalyptica have released a new video, featuring Corey Taylor from Slipknot and Stone Sour.
Germany continues to pump out good Melodic Rock, and Midnite Club is no exception. I must admit that I have not heard Midnite Club’s debut record, Running Out of Lies, so I really didn’t know what to expect when I fired this disc up.
What I found is a good band with strong guitar work and a very good vocalist. Guitarist, Stephen Seeger has called George Lynch one of his influences, and he makes no attempt to hide his Dokken style riffage. At times, I think he has mastered George Lynch’s style more than current Dokken guitarist, Jon Levin. Midnite CLub’s singer, Carsten Schulz reminds me a lot of Gotthard’s Steve Lee, and he might actually be a tad bit better.
Midnite Club’s music doesn’t really clone the sound of either Dokken or Gotthard though. This is due to the keyboards of Holger Seeger. At times his keyboards overpowers Midnite Club’s songs, and at other times it seems to empower them. Some of the songs on Circus of Life could have sounded better without the keyboard mix in my opinion, but even with the keyboards, most of the songs seem fairly solid.
I liked Midnite Club’s cover of the Kenny Loggins tune, Danger Zone. This was a completely unexpected cover, and not something I would expect to hear a band redo in 2008. Some other cuts that I really enjoyed were Circus, Behind My Eyes, and Shelter From the Storm.
Circus of Life is a decent mix of AOR and hard rock. It isn’t a perfect record by any means, but if you like good, melodic hard rock, it is certainly something you will want to check out!
Rating:Out of 10
2. Afraid Of Love
3. Promises Remain
4. Behind My Eyes
5. Heart Of A Dragon
6. Danger Zone
7. Shelter From The Storm
8. Memories For Sale
9. Closer To The Distance
10. Calling For Crazy
11. Crying In A Dream
Midnite Club is:
Stephen ‘Seegi’ Seeger – Guitar
Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz – Vocals
Bernd Herrmann – Drums
Andy Keller – Bass
Holger ‘Holgi’ Seeger – Keyboards