Rip And Tear

I first posted about L.A. Guns back in May of last year when I should have gone to see the Phil Lewis version of the Los Angeles band in Wales. Unfortunately I couldn’t make the midweek jaunt, but I didn’t have to wait too long for a second bite of the cherry as they are currently ripping up stages in the UK as I type. 

Looking back on the first post there was a lot about the murky going on’s between the classic members. It couldn’t really get any weirder. But it does. 

If I remember correctly, a Tracii Guns version of the band was announced for an appearance at this years Hard Rock Hell AOR event. At some point towards the end of last year Phil Lewis announced he’s quitting L.A. Guns on January 1st to concentrate on himself,  only to join… L.A. Guns! 

It now seems to be billed as L.A. Guns featuring Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns – or something along those lines. I’m not sure where that leaves ex W.A.S.P. drummer Steve Riley now as he seems to be in the other version of the band that appears to have no members! It’s a shame that they couldn’t have buried the hatchet enough to have a classic triumvirate of Guns, Lewis and Riley up on those stages, rather than Shane Fitzgibbon on the drum stool.  

There are three shows within an hours drive or train ride from my abode, so I’m hoping to catch at least one show. I’m not sure which one as it depends on what days I’m needed in (or willing to) work. I was planning on Chester on Sunday as I’m supposed to be off work next week. But if I’m working Monday I don’t fancy hitting the hay at midnight for a 3:40am alarm call. If I’m in work on Monday then I’ll probably end up in Wolverhampton on Saturday and bail on my already arranged local show. Which ever one I get along to I’m hoping they have the shirt I’ve desired for so long up for sale. 

Rip and Tear is taken from the group’s sophomore release Cocked & Loaded released in 1989, just nineteen months after the self titled debut hit the stores. Fifty five minutes of pure Hollywood sleaze at its finest. 


One More Reason

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.

Live Arena 2016.20

Well the weekend just gone was another bust for the proposed gigs I was considering going to. I have actual tickets for things for this upcoming week so after what seems like an eternity I should get to see some on stage action this week. 

Wednesday – Buckely, The Tivoli

I have no ticket for this, so I may or may not be in North Wales on Wednesday evening. LA Guns are doing a handful of UK shows over the week, but nothing closer to me than this that I can attend. Watch this space. 

Friday – London, The Black Heart

My rota week off starts Saturday, so pretty much straight from work I’m on a train down to London for an evening of mainly thrash metal. I think it’s the first time over here for the three international bands on the bill, but I’m not 100% if Solstice ever made it over first time around. My train gets me home at 1:30am, so glad I booked Saturday as a holiday. 

Saturday – Bromsgrove, Stoke Prior Sports Club

I managed to snag one of the last tickets for this three day event. I’m not overly fussed by the majority of the line up, bands I’ve seen loads or no interest in at all. My main draw is for German Teutonic thrashers Godslave playing just after 7pm. This is now their second UK show after they added a late show in London on the Friday. 

Saturday – Hanley, The Underground

As I should be away from there early enough I’m hoping to catch the EP launch by local band Fallen. Fingers crossed for no delays on the 67 mile drive back home. 

Sunday – Munich, Olympic Stadium

With a week to go this is still up in the air for me. A few friends are going over for the day to celebrate a birthday, but when I was originally asked I declined. Now one has dropped out, so there’s a ticket and a seat on a plane going to waste. How can I say no to Iron Maiden, Slayer and Anthrax all on the same day? Failing that I’ll be back in Bromsgrove.