Bang Tango, L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat came to Louisville’s Expo Five Sunday Night (7/20/08). To read about Bang Tango’s opening set, click here.
L.A. Guns featuring Tracii Guns and new singer, Marty Casey took the stage, along with new rhythm guitarist, Alec Bauer, bassist Jeremy Guns and drummer Chad Stewart. I must admit that I had low expectations for this version of L.A. Guns. I am a fan of Phil Lewis, and his band with the same name, and quite honestly, I didn’t think Tracii’s group would live up to the name. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The band opened up with the tune, Over the Edge, and played a mix set of L.A. Guns tunes, and a few cover songs. The set list in no particular order was:
Over the Edge, Rip and Tear, No Mercy, One More Reason, I Don’t Care (Brides of Destruction), Shut the Fuck Up (Brides of Destruction), The Ballad of Jayne, Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd) and You Can’t Always Get What You Want (The Rolling Stones).
With Marty Casey as the new singer of L.A. Guns, Tracii Guns has secured a very good front man for his band. Marty Casey put on a very energetic show, and did an admirable job on the L.A. Guns classic tunes. There was a song or two where the rest of the band provided a great deal of vocals, but for the most part, Casey handled the tunes with ease, and sounded pretty good. Casey joined L.A. Guns back in June, and he already seems at home with the band.
It has been a long time since I have seen Tracii Guns play live, and I believe that I have under estimated the amazing talent that he is. His guitar playing was way over the top Sunday night. Check out the solos in the eight minute Rip and Tear video, and you will see what I mean. Total awesome playing! I was very impressed with his guitar work all night.
Jeremy Guns, the bass player for L.A. Guns, took over the vocals for the Brides of Destruction tune, Shut the Fuck Up. He did a pretty good job. I was glad to hear some Brides tunes.
As a whole, Tracii’s L.A. Guns were better than ever. They put on a better show than the Phil Lewis led L.A. Guns did, the last couple of times that I saw them.
I still prefer Phil’s vocals to Marty’s, but I believe Tracii’s L.A. Guns band is a the better of the two now. This show made me a fan of The Tracii Guns faction, and I will certainly give them the support they deserve. I am now looking forward to their new album that is due later this year. I highly recommend checking them out if they come to your town.
Stop back tomorrow, for our part 3 of our review on Faster Pussycat. Until then, I hope you enjoy the videos below.
Bang Tango, L.A. Guns (with Tracii Guns and Marty Casey) and Faster Pussycat are currently on the road on their Summer Blackout tour.
Hard Rock Hideout caught the Louisville, KY stop on the tour last night. A full review is on the way soon. Be sure to catch this show at one of the remaining tour dates this summer!
Tue 07/22/08 Fort Wayne, IN Piere’s Entertainment Center
Wed 07/23/08 Schaumburg, IL Chicago City Limits
Thu 07/24/08 Green Bay, WI Doubles
Fri 07/25/08 Saint Paul, MN Station 4
Sat 07/26/08 Sioux Falls, SD Festival Grounds
Sun 07/27/08 Dubuque, IA Farley City Park
Mon 07/28/08 Warren, MI The Ritz
Tue 07/29/08 Camp Hill, PA TBA
Wed 07/30/08 Southbridge, MA Artist Development Complex
Thu 07/31/08 Farmingdale, NY The Crazy Donkey
Fri 08/01/08 Yonkers, NY The Haunt
Sat 08/02/08 Factoryville, PA Trailside Inn
Sun 08/03/08 Bridgeville, PA RPM’s
Wed 08/06/08 Clifton, NJ Dingbatz
Fri 08/08/08 Toronto, ON Reverb
Sat 08/09/08 Pottsville, PA Goodfella’s
Mon 08/11/08 Chillicothe, OH Cardo’s
Fri 08/15/08 Aurora, CO Illiff Park Saloon
Sat 08/16/08 Pueblo Of Acoma, NM Sky City Casino
Sun 08/17/08 Salt Lake City, UT Bar Deluxe
Mon 08/18/08 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
Tue 08/19/08 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Wed 08/20/08 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Thu 08/21/08 Redding, CA Redding Convention Center
Fri 08/22/08 Hermosa Beach, CA Saint Rocke
Sat 08/23/08 Henderson, NV Sunset Station Hotel & Casino
Sun 08/24/08 West Hollywood, CA Key Club
Sooner or later, it will be time for one of the two L.A. Guns bands to take a stand, and fight for their name.
As you may or may not know, there are two L.A. Guns. One with Phil Lewis and drummer Steve Riley.
The second is with guitarist Tracii Guns, and singer Marty Casey (from the CBS show, Rockstar).
Recent footage turned up online with Marty Casey singing the L.A. Guns hit, The Ballad of Jayne.
This version is with Phil Lewis singing from a show I attended in the summer of 2007.
Steve Riley and Tracii Guns have a 50% ownership in the name, but in my opinion, only one band sounds 100% like L.A. Guns.
Which band deserves the name? You decide!
Tell us what you think!
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