L.A. Guns

L.A. Guns

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Hair / Glam Metal (Heavy Metal) band from Los Angeles.

L.A. Guns is an American rock band whose music is frequently associated with the L.A. glam metal scene which grew up around the Sunset Strip in the 1980s, in particular the sleaze rock subgenre. Guns N' Roses, which once featured three of the original L.A. Guns members, was the most prominent exponent of this subgenre, generally preferring an anti-social image to elaborate make-up and costumes. Today two bands share and tour using the L.A. Guns name: One is headed by Tracii Guns, the founder of the original band, and the other is headed by Phil Lewis and Steve Riley, the singer and drummer of the most successful incarnation of the band.

During September 2002, founding guitarist Tracii Guns became very involved in Brides of Destruction, a new project with Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx. Guns saw the project as an opportunity to recapture the fan and street-credibility he had held in the late 1980s and signed on as lead guitarist for Brides of Destruction. In 2004, the new band embarked on a World Tour, and the future of L.A. Guns was in doubt until both Steve Riley and Phil Lewis told the Hairball John Radio Show that the band would continue despite Tracii Guns' involvement in Brides of Destruction.

They had gone through several guitarists since Tracii Guns departed in October 2002. With a new guitarist named Stacey Blades, L.A. Guns released the covers album Rips the Covers Off. The band recorded and released Tales from the Strip in August 2005. It is the only U.S> released L.A. Guns album not to feature Tracii Guns (there was also a Japan-only live album released in 1992)[1].

[edit] A second L.A. Guns forms (2005)

In 2005 a remastered set of demos, which were recorded around the time L.A. Guns wrote their first album (before Phil Lewis joined) was released, featuring Paul Black on vocals. The album was called Black List. The album featured much of the same material as the band's first two studio albums, which Paul Black had a considerable role in writing before being dismissed from the band. This was surprising to many L.A. Guns fans since Black was denied credit on the first two albums and the information was never made public until the Black List release. Soon after this, as the Brides of Destruction's second album did not maintain the success of the first, Tracii Guns put together a "solo" band and focused his attention on that.

The Tracii Guns Band featured former L.A. Guns members Paul Black, Nickey "Beat" Alexander and Tracii Guns, as well as Jeremy Carson, and Jason Saenz. The band soon began using the L.A. Guns name because it contained three founding members of the band.

In an odd twist on October 10, 2006, Phil Lewis joined Paul Black and Tracii Guns onstage at the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Cathouse, a Hollywood club run by Riki Rachtman and Taime Downe. The two frontmen dueted on the band's song "Rip and Tear".

Current line-up I (Phil Lewis band)

* Phil Lewis - vocals (1987-1995, 1999-present)
* Michael Grant – guitar (2013–present)
* Kenny Kweens – bass guitar (2009–2011, 2014–present)
* Steve Riley - drums (1988-1992, 1994-present)

[edit] Current line-up II (Tracii Guns band)

* Marty Casey - vocals (2008-present)
* Tracii Guns - guitar (1983-2002, 2006-present)
* Alec Bauer - guitar (2008-present)
* Jeremy Guns - bass (2006-present)
* Chad Stewart - drums (2007-present)
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L.A. Guns Discography

Albums

L.A. Guns L.A. Guns (Album) Vertigo Japan 1988 Sell This Version
L.A. Guns Cocked & Loaded (Album) Vertigo US 1989 Sell This Version
#89-51 L.A. Guns, Mr. Big L.A. Guns, Mr. Big - High Voltage - L.A. Guns Christmas Special(2xLP, Album) Westwood One Radio Network #89-51 US 1989 Sell This Version
L.A. Guns Hollywood Vampires (Album) Polydor Europe 1989 Sell This Version
PHCR-1160 L.A. Guns Live! Vampires(CD) Vertigo PHCR-1160 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
L.A. Guns Vicious Circle (Album) Mercury US 1994 Sell This Version
L.A. Guns American Hardcore (Album) CMC International Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
L.A. Guns Shrinking Violet (Album) Perris Records US 1999 Sell This Version
L.A. Guns Cocked And Re-loaded (Album) Deadline Music US 2000 Sell This Version
L.A. Guns Live! A Night On The Strip (Album) Deadline Music France 2000 Sell This Version
L.A. Guns Man In The Moon (Album) Spitfire Records, Spitfire Records, Spitfire Records Germany 2001 Sell This Version
L.A. Guns Waking The Dead (Album) Spitfire Records, Spitfire Records US 2002 Sell This Version
L.A. Guns Tales From The Strip (Album) Shrapnel Records US 2005 Sell This Version
L.A. Guns Loud & Dangerous Live From Hollywood (Album) Shrapnel Records US 2006 Sell This Version
CLP 1956 L.A. Guns Sex, Booze N' Tattoos(LP, Ltd, Pic) Cleopatra CLP 1956 US 2007 Sell This Version
CLP 3044 Hollywood Rose / L.A. Guns Hollywood Rose / L.A. Guns - The Roots Of Guns N' Roses(LP, Ltd, W/Lbl) Cleopatra CLP 3044 US 2008 Sell This Version
CRIDE 91 L.A. Guns Hellraisers Ball Caught In The Act(CD, Dig) Secret Records Limited CRIDE 91 UK & Europe 2008 Sell This Version
CLP 2778 L.A. Guns '86 Demo Sessions(LP, Ltd) Cleopatra CLP 2778 US 2009 Sell This Version
0198912ERE L.A. Guns Live! A Night On The Strip(CD, Album) Ear Music 0198912ERE Germany 2010 Sell This Version
CLP 8743 L.A. Guns Covered In Guns(CD, Album) Deadline Music CLP 8743 US 2010 Sell This Version
FN2740-2 L.A. Guns Acoustic Gypsy Live(CD) Favored Nations FN2740-2 US 2011 Sell This Version
251117 L.A. Guns Lost In The City Of Angels(2xCD, Album) Mausoleum Records 251117 Belgium 2011 Sell This Version
SW0031CD L.A. Guns Ultimate Guns And Vision(CD, Album + DVD) Southworld SW0031CD 2011 Sell This Version
L.A. Guns Hollywood Forever (Album) Deadline Music Japan 2012 Sell This Version
L.A. Guns Boston 1989 (Album) Deadline Music US 2015 Sell This Version