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L.A. Guns

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

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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: 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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Arch Enemy to Headline Uni Rock Festival

Arch Enemy has announced their first ever show in Turkey. The band will headline the UNI ROCK FESTIVAL, Istanbul, Turkey on July 17th, 2009. Tickets can be bought at www.biletix.com.

Other confirmed acts are: Amon Amarth, Paradise Lost, LA Guns and Rotting Christ.

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Twisted Sister To Headline Maryland M3 Rock Fest

Maryland's M3 Rock Festival will be taking place on Saturday May 30th at Columbia, Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavilion. Headling the event will be heavy metal legends Twisted Sister as well as boasting performances from Extreme, Ratt, Dokken and L.A. Guns amongst others. Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday.

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Rock Against Diabetes 2008 Rocks Vegas

"Rock Against Diabetes 2008" was held at Club Rox in Las Vegas, Nevada. The club was kind enough to provide R.A.D. with a venue for the two-day event. Many artists gave of themselves to support the cause, which will not be forgotten by all of us that struggle with diabetes on a daily basis.

I got the chance to talk with the event founder and organizer, Darrin Buchanan, and he explained how all of this came about. Two years ago, Darrin's foot died on him virtually over night. He underwent a number of tests and the result was diabetes and that part of his foot would need to be removed. Here is a 36 year old man with a wife and young daughter and he was facing the fight of his life. From that experience Rock Against Diabetes began. The first event was held is Canada and Darrin, in his wheelchair, was keeping the show flowing and the event was a success. A chain of events led to a second surgery to remove more of Darrin's leg from the knee down, and now Darrin would be walking again after 2 years with the help of a prosthetic leg. It was fantastic to see Darrin running around for two days along with his lovely wife Lindsey. They are my heroes! I am sure glad we are on the same team in this daily fight that we diabetics face each day. They give me strength and hope! More...

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Seven Antonopoulos Joins Rock Against Diabetes

Opiate For The Masses drummer Seven Antonopoulos has thrown his services into the hat to take part as one of the drummers in the amazing All Star Band that has been put together over the past few months by Guns N Roses guitarist Bumblefoot (Ron Thal). Seven was approached by the newest sponsors of Rock Against Diabetes - Las Vegas Dirtbag Apparel and Entertainment and was immediately up for the gig.

Seven AntonopoulosAntonopoulos will bring a savage assault on the drums, where a definite heavier edge will be brought to the All Star Band allowing for some very memorable moments to take place. Joining the All Star Band will be a myriad of exceptional muscians including Lez Warner (The Cult), Rafael Moreira (Pink, Paul Stanley, Magnetico), Nate Morton (Paul Stanley, Hannah Montana), Constantine Maroulis (American Idol), Francesco DiCosmo (Thin Lizzy) and more!

Dirtbag Music and Vegas Fuel are proud to announce KICKING K8 to the Rock Against Diabetes lineup as well as Illinois band DOGS DIVINE whom are currently on tour with LA Guns and Faster Pussycat.

The bands participating in the 2 day Rock Against Diabetes event are: Starving For Gravity, Kicking K8, Dogs Divine, Magnetico, Karneval (featuring Dario Lorina), Leatherwolf, L.A. Guns, Y&T, Bumblefoot of Guns N Roses and his All Star Band. The event will be hosted by Big Brother 8 winner the Notorious Evel Dick Donato and Penthouse Pet of the Year 2008, Erica Ellyson.

There will be tons of live auctions, raffles and giveaways, autograph sessions and more during the 2 days.

Tickets are still available at rockagainstdiabetes.org as well as at the door until they sell out.

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L.A. Guns New Frontman Marty Casey Injured On Tour

While performing Saturday night, August 9 at Goodfellas in Pottsville, PA, Marty Casey collided onstage with the head of Tracii Guns' guitar. Marty received a gash to the head and was taken for medical attention. After an hour and a half trip to the ER, Marty received 5 staples to the close the gash. Tracii accompanied Marty to the ER and sat waiting with him throughout the ordeal. There were also fans waiting at the hospital. Marty expressed his appreciation to Tracii and the fans for their concern. Marty sent his assurances that "the show will go on" and no dates will be missed. Photographer Tony Fiore was on hand at the Pottsville show and caught the shot, which you can view here. (Warning: not for anyone who is squeamish at the site of blood.)

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Rock Against Diabetes Announces New Venue

Due to the overwhelming response and growth of the August 23, 2008 Rock Against Diabetes show, the event organizers have decided that the only solution to handle the demand and offer the best experience for fans, was to move from the soundstage to a venue.

The Rox Club has donated their full facility for the Pre-party and the main show on August 23rd at no cost to help Rock Against Diabetes to further raise funds. Tickets for both shows can be purchased online only at rockagainstdiabetes.org.

Here is the latest itinerary for the main event and pre-show bash: More...

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Starving For Gravity to Open Rock Against Diabetes

The 3 month search to find the opening band for Rock Against Diabetes in Las Vegas August 23, 2008 has come to an end, with Orange County's alt-rock band Starving For Gravity coming out on top as the winners. The band was pared down from a massive list that originally submitted their bands to take part, to a Top 45 list that was further trimmed to a Top 10. The Top 10 was then opened to a public vote that saw nearly 8,000 votes from fans made, with a final decision being handed down from the judges participating in the decision process.

Although the band placed a close 2nd in fan voting, they garnered a great deal of praise and respect from the judges in their overall sound as well as commitment to working with their fans for support and promotion,

Starving For Gravity will open the Pre Show Bash on August 22nd at the Rox Club in Vegas, with host Evel Dick Donato being in attendance, and performaces by Magnetico featuring Rafael Moreira, Karneval featuring Las Vegas' own Dario Lorina (Jani Lane Band) and Bumblefoot (Guns N Roses guitarist Ron Thal) and his amazing All Star Band with players such as Paul Mirkovich (Cher), Lez Warner (The Cult), Jeff Berlin, Constantine Maroulis and many others. Tickets are still available for this show (here) and at the door if any tickets are remaining. See the website for direction and address as well as full lineup for the Pre Show Bash.

The band will then open the main Rock Against Diabetes event on August 23rd, featuring acts such as Y&T, LA Guns, Leatherwolf, Magnetico, Richie Kotzen and Bumblefoot and his All Star band. The venue for this event has been moved, as the amount of requests for fan to ba able to take part live grew much too large for Deep Rock Drive to handle at their facility. The new venue will be announced this week, with tickets going on sale immediately following the announcement.

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L.A. Guns Split With Singer Paul Black

Although no details have been given on the split, L.A. Guns have parted ways with lead singer Paul Black. There's been little word on Black's replacement, only that he wrote alot of songs on the bands forthcoming new album and has "blond" hair.

In response to the question whether or not the band will re-record the vocals on the new album, Tracii Guns said: "I have a singer up here that actually wrote most of the new songs. He was just supposed to help but, now he's gonna have to sing as well. At least I can now guarentee the record will sound amazing… FOR REAL!"

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Leatherwolf, Magnetico Confirmed For R.A.D.

Rock Against Diabetes, the first of it’s kind in delivering a HD interactive worldwide internet broadcast of a charity concert festival, has announced two more acts, Huntington Beach, CA thrashers LEATHERWOLF and L.A. power-trio MAGNETICO, to the roster. The current Rock Against Diabetes lineup of confirmed acts includes:

Bumblefoot and his all-star band
L.A. Guns
Cliff Morrison and The Lizard Sun Band

New Blade Guitars endorsee Steve Brand (Rock Against Diabetes Music Director) will also be taking part in the pre-show party gun-slinging for Thal. Tickets go on sale soon for the Club ROX pre-show event.

In other big news, you can now fully support this event, and become part of concert history by attending this one of a kind, fully interactive LIVE concert broadcast FREE. You'll get 8 hours of LIVE music, online-only auctions, interactivity with host Evel Dick Donato, the bands and a ton of other surprise guests, for free (and the opportunity to donate any amount, if any, that you wish). You can also invite your friends for free when you grab your ticket. The change of ticket price to free will happen before May25th. Tickets are currently available at DeepRockDrive.com.

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R.A.D. Announces 2008 Opening Band Contest

To celebrate the bringing of music to a global audience, in an online HD broadcast, Rock Against Diabetes has decided to find the opening on the music social networks of the internet. Myspace, Facebook, Garageband, PureVolume and the multitude of other musical communities will be invited to submit their music, and videos to Rock Against Diabetes to be judged, and pared down to a Top 10, which will be judged by a panel of musicians, promoters, television personalities and industry giants.

The winner of the contest, that begins May 20th, 2008 and concludes with a winner on July 26th, 2008 will receive the following:

1. A slot in the kickoff pre party in Las Vegas at Club ROX on Friday August 22nd, 2008 playing with KARNEVAL, featuring Dario Lorina, MAGNETICO, featuring Rafael Moreira, Bumblefoot of Guns N Roses , and MORE!!!!

2. The opening slot for the worldwide broadcast of Rock Against Diabetes 2008, with LA GUNS, CLIFF MORRISON (Son of Doors singer Jim Morrison), Y&T, LEATHERWOLF, BUMBLEFOOT AND HIS ALL STAR BAND, and a few other acts.

3. To promote your band before, during and after the broadcast on August 23rd 2008.

4. A musical prize package, including band gear, and other critical items to help a new band succeed.

5. The DVD-ready HD footage of their entire performance.

6. Full billing as an act on the show, and a share in all PR and media releases and advertising.

There will be many more things included to sweeten the pot as sponsors come on board.

Here's how it works:

Bands will add Rock Against Diabetes and Deep Rock Drive on Myspace, and Top Friend both. The bands will then email submissions@rockagainstdiabetes.org with the link to their Myspace profile and intent to participate. The bands will upload their tracks and videos to Myspace, and will be judged on ALL content that is on the Myspace to listen to and watch.

A list of ALL the participating bands and links will be put on www.rockagainstdiabetes.org. The panel of judges will trim the list down to the top 10 choices, with those 10 being added to a voting page on http://www. rockagainstdiabetes. org once the Top 10 are determined.

This page will be available by June 1st, 2008.

The confirmed judges to date include:

Ron Thal aka Bumblefoot - Guns N Roses guitarist.
Danny Socolof - Founder of Deep Rock Drive.
Marc Minarik - Designer and Co Founder Minarik Guitars.
John Ostronomy - Co-host from Talking Metal dot com.

The final judges will be announced when they commit to the contest.

There will be a voting system for ALL people to come and vote on the Top 10 bands. These people will all be given the opportunity at that time to get a free online ticket to watch Rock Against Diabetes 2008 live on Deep Rock Drive.

With the public voting accounting for 50% of the decision, and the judges making a decision based on that voting, a winner will be awarded on July 26th, and will share in all PR and media releases regarding this years events.

At this time, it is only open to bands in Continental North America, (unless out of country bands want to arrange for their own travel expenses) and Flights are NOT included until sponsorship is found to cover that expense. All prizes mentioned above and hotel/food will be provided for August 22nd and August 23rd. As more sponsors come on board, and prizes available, they will be announced.

Here are the rules for participation in this contest: More...

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Bumblefoot VIP R.A.D. Tickets Include Pre-Party

It has come to our attention that the previously mentioned Rock Against Diabetes VIP tickets also include

Only 50 sets of these tickets exist and only one set of these Bumblefoot special edition tickets are available. Ticket holders will be the only guests at the live event of Rock Against Diabetes 2008 from Las Vegas NV. All other guests will enjoy this unique experience in broadband HD from the comfort of their homes.

This pair of tickets will allow the ticket owner full access all day to the live event at Deep Rock Drive. Intimate access to Evel Dick Donato, our host and the acts performing including Bumblefoot and his All Star Band, Eric Martin, Rafael Moreira's Magnetico, Y&T, LA Guns, Cliff Morrison (son of the Doors' Jim Morrison) and the Lizard Sun Band and the many special guests that may pop in during the show. There will also be one of a kind swag being given away by Rock Against Diabetes, the bands, and Deep Rock Drive. A very cool limited edition t-shirt, perfect to have signed, autograph sessions from the bands, and a part of the recording of the entire event.

This pair of tickets is for the event only, and does not include travel or lodging in Las Vegas.

This special Bumblefoot edition of tickets includes:
The tickets, an autographed Bumblefoot T-shirt, A limited edition (only 3 in existance) Bumblefoot/Rock Against Diabetes Spectraflex guitar cord, an autographed set of Normal and Abnormal CD's and a few other cool items from Rock Against Diabetes. This ALSO offers the ONLY way to get a free pass into the Rock Against Diabetes PRE CONCERT KICKOFF party.

This show is on August 22nd, at Club ROX on the strip, sponsored by Budweiser, and will feature performances by DARIO LORINA'S (the young guitar prodigy of the Jani Lane Band) new band KARNEVAL, LA GUNS, RAFAEL MOREIRA's power trio MAGNETICO, and of course, BUMBLEFOOT and other guests that are going to get up and play for you. Drink tickets and food are part of the deal.

All proceeds go to funding this first of it's kind event and the initiatives set out by Rock Against Diabetes to help ease the suffering and pain of diabetics, through proper nutritional education and support.

You can bid on these tickets at RockAgainstDiabetes.org.

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Rock Against Diabetes Tickets Go On Sale May 1

Tickets for the Rock Against Diabetes go on sale May 1st. This is no ordinary event as only 180 people get to see the event in person, while the rest of the world can purchase tickets to watch it via the Internet broadcast. The money raised will go to the R.A.D. beneficiaries: BC Children's Hospital and the University Of Toronto - Faculty of Medicine, both of whom founder Darrin Buchanan found to be great support for diabetes. Buchanan recently lost his leg to Type II Diabetes and is on the path to fight the disease by educating all people for a worldwide solution.

In order to reach a larger audience, and put on a memorable show, it was decided to partner with Deep Rock Drive to beam this “first of its kind” musical and charity event to a worldwide audience in HD broadband Internet. Tickets will be available when you sign up for a free account at deeprockdrive.com. There will be a limited amount of VIP tickets to view the show live at the sound stages of Deep Rock Drive. Tickets will be $9.99 for the entire day of broadcast and each ticket buyer can invite 5 friends free to watch.

Auctions are being held on RockAgainstDiabetes.org. The proceeds of the auction will go 100% to funding the wicked online concert in Vegas August 23rd, and help R.A.D. with its initiative to create a fully interactive, worldwide online diabetic nutritional resource.

The concert line-up is still being dialed in. The Metal Main stage will be announced shortly - the Rock Stage has the following artists: Cliff Morrison & The Lizard Sun Band (son of Jim Morrison), Y&T, Eric Martin (Mr. Big), and LA Guns w/ Tracii Guns. More bands will be announced as they are finalized.

For more information about ROCK AGAINST DIABETES and their initiatives to fight diabetes please visit RockAgainstDiabetes.org and help support a worthy cause. You can purchase tickets to the online event here starting May 1. More...

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Rock Against Diabetes Lineup and Auction Shake-Ups

The Rock Against Diabetes's final lineup is still in the works. Contrary to what was previously reported and listed on the event's site, the bands currently confirmed for the event are Y&T, L.A. Guns, Eric Martin (ex-Mr. Big frontman) and Cliff Morrison (son of Jim Morrison) and the Lizard Sun Band. The event organizer is in talks with more bands, which will be announced as deals are finalized.

In related new, the auction for a date with Evel Dick and Janelle has been shut down by ebay. The auction (to benefit Rock Against Diabetes charities) has been relisted on the Rock Against Diabetes site at this location. The other 300 items to be auctioned for this years RAD auction will also be found on the Rock Against Diabetes site here.

The Rock Against Diabetes fundraising even is set to take place in Las Vegas at the Deep Rock Drive venue on August 23rd, 2008.

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Metal Underground Sponsors Rock Against Diabetes

Metalunderground.com has been announced as a sponsor for the Rock Against Diabetes event, taking place in Las Vegas at the Deep Rock Drive venue on August 23rd, 2008. The event will be hosted by L.A. music promoter/Club Manager and the infamous and notorious winner of Big Brother 8, "Evel" Dick Donato. The fundraising concert's line-up currently consists of Y&T, LA Guns, Faster Pussycat, Cliff Morrison and The Lizard Sun Band, Eric Martin (of Mr. Big fame), and Bang Tango, with the possibility of more bands to be added. Proceeds from the event and related auctions will go to raise awareness of diabetes, educate diabetics on mitigating the effects of the disease with proper nutrition, and to help fund a facility in Abbotsford, BC, where this technology will be put to the test by using the information provided to actually prepare and deliver the food to diabetics in the area that are new to the disease, or incapable to prepare or afford the necessary foods.

While the bands on Rock Against Diabetes may not be the favorites to the majority of our readership, they represent some well-known names from the 80s metal scene. Moreover, the event represents a good cause, and I'm proud to be involved with spreading the word about the Rock Against Diabetes benefit concert. Diabetes affects millions of people and even if not directly affected, nearly everyone knows someone who has been affected directly or indirectly by diabetes. Several of the staff on Metalunderground.com have been affected to various degrees.

Ellie Timms, a freelance photographer and journalist who will be covering the event for Metalunderground.com, is a diabetic herself and has been deeply affected by the disease. Discussing the importance of the event, Ellie commented: "Being a diabetic and coming from a family of diabetics, I know the harsh reality of how diabetes can and will slowly kill you if you're not given the proper education and treatment. Rock Against Diabetes is fighting for world-wide awareness that education, nutrition, exercise and research can forever change and give quality of life to diabetics. WE DO NOT HAVE TO DIE!"

So help us spread the word about this event and make it as big a success as it can be!

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"Evel" Dick Donato To Host Rock Against Diabetes

The 2008 Rock Against Diabetes event will now be hosted by L.A. music promoter/Club Manager and the infamous and notorious winner of Big Brother 8, "Evel" Dick Donato. Dick brings a massive viewership of his own fans, in the targeted 20-55 range, which is important to the event's mission.

Event organizer Darrin Buchanan comments: "Dick will bring an amazing quality that the show was lacking. A soul, charm, charisma and true entertainment that will make the show all the better event for all that sign on to watch."

Additionally, Eric Martin (of Mr. Big fame) has been added to the bill for the second year in a row.

In other Rock Against Diabetes new, event organizer Darrin Buchanan, Dave Meniketti of Y&T, and Tracii Guns will be featured on the Red and Jerry show on April 15th, starting at 7:00pm EST. The show will be recorded and broadcast on www.rockinmetalrevival.com.

The second anual Rock Against Diabetes event will be held in Las Vegas, at the Deep Rock Drive venue on August 23rd, 2008, featuring Y&T, LA Guns, Faster Pussycat, Cliff Morrison and The Lizard Sun Band and Bang Tango.

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Second Annual Rock Against Diabetes Announced

The second annual Rock Against Diabetes charity benefit will move from a live Vancouver venue to the sound stages of online music experience innovator Deep Rock Drive. The event will be held in Las Vegas, at the Deep Rock Drive venue on August 23rd, 2008, featuring Y&T, LA Guns, Faster Pussycat, Cliff Morrison and The Lizard Sun Band and Bang Tango. Rock against Diabetes was created in early 2007 by music writer/charity organizer and newly diagnosed diabetes sufferer/new diabetic amputee Darrin Buchanan, with the initial live event taking place on June 23rd, 2007 in Vancouver BC, starring Eric Martin of Mr. Big.

Darrin saw two very important things after his diagnosis and subsequent below-knee amputation: The need to get the word out to people, so they knew the dangers of the disease, and the need to do so in a way that was entertaining and above all cost effective for all. The goals of this annual event are to help the BC Children's Hospital Endocrinology department, to ease the pain and care of children with diabetes, and help the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in the ground-breaking diabetes research they have done in the past few years. Darrin's own initiative, self funded to this point, is to deliver an online resource to all pre-, new, and long-time diabetics that will take the mystery and confusion of eating the right foods. 88% of diabetic complications can be avoided with a proper safe diet. Further funding is needed to actually launch this program, and get the consultation from nutritionists and Endocrinologists to keep the program accurate and safe. The further vision is to start in his home city of Abbotsford, a food servoce facility to prepare these foods for diabetics in the community that are unable to cook them, or afford the proper foods.

Darrin met Danny Socolof of Deep Rock Drive in late 2007, and after a short time both saw the potential that an online worldwide broadcast could have on this very special event. Some amazing continued sponsorship from companies such as Minarik Guitars, Atari Canada and The CW TV Network and My LVTV made perfect sense to deliver this event to many people as possible, free for many to watch. An agreement was made and Deep Rock Drive offered their many services to Rock Against Diabetes for the 2008 show. People are urged to visit www.deeprockdrive.com to get a full understanding of what is to be offered from this one-of-a-kind experience.

To kick this event off in 2008, the Rock and Entertainment auctions will kick off in mid-April, with many items yet to be added, and the release of the only 100 tickets available to the live show - to see all of the bands and share in some in-house only action - will slowly become available in special auctions from the bands performing and Rock Against Diabetes. Be sure to check the Myspace page, as well as Rock Against Diabetes page for more information and add Rock Against Diabetes as a friend on Myspace, and show your support.

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Skid Row Announce 2008 Tour Dates

SKID ROW has scheduled the following dates:

Jan. 04 - House of Blues - Hollywood, CA *
Jan. 05 - Galaxy Theater - Santa Ana, CA *
Jan. 06 - Saddle Rack - Fremont, CA **
Jan. 09 - Club Vegas - Salt Lake City, UT
Jan. 10 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
Jan. 11 - Sunset Station - Henderson, NV
Jan. 12 - Angels Roadhouse - Yucaipa, CA
Jan. 24 - Vince Neil's Motley Cruise - Miami, FL
Feb. 23 - Riverside Convention Center - Victoria, TX


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