I’m hopefully on a midweek trip to North Wales to sample some Hollywood sleaze in the shape of L.A. Guns tomorrow evening. Yet another band that I’ve been listening to since I was at school.
The band have got more than thirty years of history in their locker, and over much of that three decades it has been a torrid and complicated affair. Basically Tracii Guns formed L.A. Guns which briefly featured Bill Rose in the line up before he quit to form Hollywood Rose. Tracii Guns eventually joined Hollywood Rose who eventually morphed into an early version of Guns ‘N’ Roses. Tracii left and reformed L.A. Guns. Phew!!
Londoner Phil Lewis who fronted a band called Girl with eventual Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen, released the self titled debut album in 1988 and a year later the “classic” line up now with ex W.A.S.P. drummer Steve Riley in the fold put out Cocked & Loaded. This line up released Hollywood Vampires shortly after, then there was nothing new until 1994.
During the 2000’s the band splintered and at one point there were two L.A. Guns, the Phil Lewis and Steve Riley version (which is the one I should be off to see tomorrow) and a Tracii Guns version for six years. Over the years there has been close on thirty members and numerous line up combinations.
L.A. Guns with this track, were one of the bands featured on the very first episode of late night rock show The Power Hour that I recorded from the TV. Why I can remember stupid stuff like this I don’t know, but that first episode ended with Peace Sells by Megadeth. It wasn’t exactly the done thing to like thrash metal and glam metal, but it’s never bothered me. Variety is the spice of life b
The design for the debut album cover is one I’ve wanted to own on a shirt for a long time. It just seems like such an iconic album cover for the genre. There was one tour, Seventh Son I think, where Nicko McBrain, Iron Maiden’s drummer, always seemed to be photographed wearing that shirt.