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L.A. Guns

Formed: 1983
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest L.A. Guns News

Below is our complete L.A. Guns news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Celebrating Excess

This week we are celebrating new videos that encompass excess. Drugs, girls, and lots of drinking are a good start for a celebration. The addition of leather, sex, and MURDER makes this a party. More...

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L.A. Guns Streaming "You Better Not Love Me"

L.A. Guns, which was covered in our Sunday Old School column some time back, has now released "Tango on Sunset Strip," an alternate version of the "Hollywood Forever" album with new artwork. Check out the track "You Better Not Love Me" from the release in the player below.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Porn Stache

This week classic bands with new videos, classic ex-band mates with new videos, and the classic look of the porn stache. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Video Marathon

This week a real treat with (lucky) seven new videos featuring girls with cranium accessories, vampires, F-bombs, and of course, sass.

Ten's video for their single “Gunrunning” is from their new anticipated studio album entitled 'Heresy And Creed.' I can dig the black and white and the groovy sound (dig and groovy in the same sentence – yes, I’m high right now), but not so sure about the Michael Jackson style marching jacket. Also, the awkward lean into the guitar player makes me feel weird down there…

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Dysfunction is my Business

Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses) is back with his new band named Adler and a new single titled “The One You Hated.” The band insists that the band is about a man/woman relationship and not what we all assume: heroin. Of course, I guess it could be about Axl Rose as well, or maybe the song is about Steven from the mindset of Celebrity Rehab’s Dr. Drew. Either way you look at it, Steven has an impressive memory catalog to pull inspiration from… More...

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Sunday Old School: L.A. Guns

If you lived in Southern California during 1983 to present day there is a very good chance you have played for a band named L.A. Guns. I demand a VH1 Classic documentary on this phenomenon. I already have the title: "Eight is Enough: The story of nine albums and eight lead singers.”

This is the story of L.A. Guns.

To start we need to get the administrative part out of the way. Instead of populating every other sentence with a line-up change, here we go.

We will refer to the “Classic Line Up” of L.A. Guns as Phil Lewis, Tracii Guns, Mick Cripps, Kelly Nickels, Steve Riley. The “Steve Riley L.A. Guns” a.k.a. L.A. Guns #1 as Phil Lewis, Stacey Blades, Scott Griffin, Steve Riley and the “Tracii Guns L.A. Guns” a.k.a. L.A. Guns #2 as Jizzy Pearl, Tracii Guns, Doni Gray, Jeremy Guns. Recently Jizzy Pearl has left Tracii’s version of L.A. Guns, being replaced by Dilana Robichaux. So now the story is “Nine Lives: Nine albums, nine lead singers”.

Need a comprehensive list of lead singers? Why not, here they are: Phil Lewis, Jizzy pearl, Paul Black, Axl Rose, Michael Jagosz, Chris Van Dahl, Ralph Saenz, Marty Casey.

And finally other members (non lead singers) that at one time were members of L.A. Guns: Nickey Alexander, Ole Beich, Rob Gardner, Robert Stoddard, Michael Gershima, Johnny Crypt, Brent Muscat, Muddy, Keff Ratcliffe, Adam Hamilton, Keri Kelli, Scott Griffin, Kenny Kweens, Chad Stewart, Alec Bauer, Danny Nordahl.

Push the paper to the side and let’s see if we can figure out how this band bio grew to the size of a phone book. More...

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Quiet Riot Cancels Australian Tour

Reunited heavy metal veterans Quiet Riot has announced that they have cancelled their previously announced tour of Australia and New Zealand, stating: "As a consequence of the promoter’s breach of contract the Metal Health Tour scheduled for April 2011 in Australia and new zealand has been cancelled." The tour was scheduled to kick off at the end of this month and the band were to bring fellow California rockers Warrant and L.A. Guns with them.

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Quiet Riot Announces Australian Tour

The recently reunited heavy metal veterans Quiet Riot have announced that they will be heading down under for a headlining tour of Australia, with one stop in New Zealand. Joining them on the trek will be L.A. Guns (fronted by Phil Lewis) and Warrant, who now feature former Lunch Mob vocalist Robert Mason behind the mic. You can check out a trailer for the tour below.

The tour dates are as follows:

April 29 - The Palace - Melbourne, Australia
April 30 - Anu Bar - Canberra, Australia
May 2 - The Powerstation - Auckland, New Zealand
May 5 - HQ Complex - Adelaide, Australia
May 6 - Metro City - Perth, Australia
May 7 - The Tivoli - Brisbane, Australia
May 8 - The Metro - Sydney, Australia

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The Rockstar Ramblings: American Idol and Glee

While out promoting for Amercian Idol, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) was quoted saying “American Idol is not rock n’ roll”, “American Idol will take Aerosmith up a few notches”, and that “Joe Perry is a loose cannon”. This was all in one interview! In related news, Tyler mentions he can’t find Joe Perry. He’s hiding Steven, waiting for all of this to go away. You can remove your head from Ryan Seacrest’s ass. He’s not in there… More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Power Ballads

Ever since Led Zeppelin released Stairway To Heaven, hard rock bands have showcased their sensitive spot through the power ballad. No genre exploited this format more than the eighties hair bands. A formula that started early: Release a heavy song, maybe two, and then release a ballad was a staple for the glam and spandex bands. This week we pay tribute to these songs. Despite a self imposed limit of one song per band, whittling down the list was a challenging. Let’s face it, no two top ten lists of this nature are ever the same. To assist, a sealed scorecard using lyrics, video presence, and longevity was used to determine the top ten power ballads. More...

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L.A. Guns Announces Australian tour

L.A. Guns, the group featuring former Guns N' Roses member Tracii Guns, have announced an Australian mini-tour set to take place this coming september. The shows will take place in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

L.A. Guns Australian dates:
September 2 – Step Inn - Brisbane, Australia
September 3 – The Forum - Sydney, Australia
September 4 – The Hifi - Melbourne, Australia

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Dr. Ozzy

Recent news of Ratt canceling their European tour due to Stephen Pearcy needing a hernia operation confirms what the lead singer has been hinting at for years, he really is doing the heavy lifting for this band…

SpikeTV aired their annual Guys Choice Awards this past week, awarding Ozzy Osbourne with the Literary Achievement award for his autobiography. In other rumored news, Ozzy will receive be receiving an honorary Medical Degree in Pharmaceuticals for his consistent stoned performance on The Osbournes… More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell IV

The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced some more additions to this years lineup. The biggest news is that British heavy metal staples Saxon will be returning to the event this year and that German power metal veterans Helloween will be joining them. Also added to the bill is New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band Blitzkrieg and Swedish glam metal band Fatal Smile. The event is scheduled to take place in Prestatyn, Wales at the Pontins resort from December 3rd-5th.

The lineup now features the following bands: More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Video Marathon

Thoughts while watching a video marathon and wondering whether Rob Halford decided to put tattoos on his skull before or after he shaved his head…

Production meeting prior to making the Dio video “Holy Diver”: Okay, so we need an abandoned church, an active steel mill, and a very large sword. Behind the Music: The Dio video props department…

In Guns N Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” Axl is getting off a bus with a very large suitcase. In Whitesnake’s “Is This Love” video Tawny Kitaen packs four pieces of lingerie into a large suitcase. Anyone interested to know the contents (or what for fictional purposes is supposed to be contained in their luggage)? I’m going to go with Hit Parader and Circus magazines for Axl and a pair of Bret Michaels (Poison) jeans for Kitaen. This mystery is right there with what is inside the briefcase from Pulp Fiction...While on the subject of “Jungle”, is Duff ever going to bring back the Bill Walton seventies style headband? I believe I speak for many when I say: I hope so… More...

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Hard Rock Hell Announces NWOBHM Stage

The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced that this year will feature a special NWOBHM stage which will feature performances from some of the most revered names from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. The bands confirmed for this stage include Jaguar, Tokyo Blade, Pagan Altar, Cloven Hoof, Bitches Sin, Spartan Warrior and Marseille, who will be opening up stage 2 on the saturday, to showcase material from their forthcoming new album, "Unfinished Business."

The festival takes in Prestatyn, Wales from the 3rd-5th of December and is already nearly sold out. Other bands confirmed for the festival include:

UFO
Skid Row
Uriah Heep
Michael Schenker Group
Blaze Bayley
Paul Di'anno
Diamond Head
Tank
Enuff Z'Nuff
Pretty Boy Floyd
L.A. Guns

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell IV

The organisers of Britains Hard Rock Hell IV festival has announced that two more legendary British bands in the form of UFO and Uriah Heep, will be performing at this years event. The festival will take place at Prestatyn in North Wales from December 3rd-5th at the Pontins holiday resort.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows:

Blaze Bayley
Diamond Head
Enuff Z'Nuff
L.A. Guns
Michael Schenker Group
Paul Di'anno
Pretty Boy Floyd
Skid Row
Tank
UFO
Uriah Heep

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First Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell IV

The organisers of the British festival Hard Rock Hell has announced the first batch of bands for this year's version of the event. The festival will take place at Pontins in Prestatyn, Wales and will feature performances from former Iron Maiden vocalists Paul Di'anno and Blaze Bayley, as well as New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Diamond Head and Tank. Also on the bill will be Pretty Boy Floyd, Skid Row, Michael Schenker Group, L.A. Guns and Enuff Z'nuff.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Bon Jovi Roulette

In an interview this week Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) leaked out that the band will play the album "Slippery When Wet" in its entirety during their next tour. He then went on to say that when they don’t play this album they will play "Lost Highway" or "The Circle" from start to finish. For those holding tickets to a Bon Jovi show, this is referred to as Bon Jovi Roulette… More...

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Ex-Guns N Roses Guitarist In Motorcycle Crash

Tracii Guns of the veteran hard rock band LA Guns has posted a short message online revealing that Gilby Clarke, the former guitarist of Guns N Roses, was involved in a motorcycle crash last sunday. The message reads as follows:

"Gilby got nailed on his motorcycle last night. His leg is broken in three places. It was a hit and run. I am gonna try to go see him tonight - he will be ok."

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Video Marathon Diary II

Thoughts while counting the number of spandex body suits worn in the David Lee Roth video “Yankee Rose”…

For those that refuse to place KISS into the hair band genre please take a look at exhibit A: The video for “Forever”: It’s as if both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley walked into wardrobe and asked for the Rikki Rocket…On the topic of bad hair, there is not a worse wig then the one worn by the principle in Motley Crue’s version of “Smoking In The Boys Room”… More...

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