Sunday Old School: Brides of Destruction
During 2002, the rock and roll landscape was bleak for eighties veterans. Given this, it makes perfect sense that if Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) and Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns) decided to put together a band the name should be Cockstar, the original name for their super group later renamed Brides of Destruction.
With Motley Crue and L.A. Guns on hiatus, Brides of Destruction was formed in Los Angeles. The original lineup included Sixx (bass), Guns (guitar), London LeGrand (vocals), Kris Kohls (drums), and Adam Hamilton (keyboards). Soon after initially forming, ex-Motley Crue replacement, John Corabi, replaced Hamilton. After demos (and the band briefly referred to as Motordog), Corabi and Kohls left the band, replaced by Scot Coogan.
In 2002 the album 'Here Come the Brides' was released, peaking at number 92 on the Billboard 200 chart. "Shut the Fuck Up" was the first single and was also the only video released by the band. It begins as an angry public service announcement that leads into heavy guitars. The glam is there, but the song shows off the harder punk/industrial side of this project. The preferred hair style of the members is something I call “Dangerous Spikey.” This is a pretty straight forward song and really is the perfect title for this tune. After releasing the single the band set off for a summer tour throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia.
After the tour Nikki Sixx left the band, returning to Motley Crue for a reunion tour. Tracii Guns continued on with the band, adding bassist Scott Sorry (Amen) and also Ginger (The Wildhearts); although Ginger departed shortly after. In 2005 Brides of Destruction recorded and released their second album, originally to be titled '13 Acres', instead settling on 'Runaway Brides.' The album featured, "Dimes in Heaven", a tribute to the then recently deceased Dimebag Darrell (Pantera, Damageplan). Prior to their European tour, Sorry departed and Jeremy Guns was added to the lineup. After the tour the band was put on hold.
Tracii went on to play briefly with Quiet Riot and then to start the L.A. Guns battle of the bands war with other original L.A. Guns members. LeGrand formed Souls of We with George Lynch (Dokken) and the side-project Rockstars on Mars. In 2008 LeGrand admitted he would like to see a reunion, but only if Sixx was involved. Sorry joined former band mate Ginger in a new lineup of The Wildhearts and then Sorry and the Sinatras in 2008. Coogan toured with Stephen Pearcy's Rat Bastards as well as performs in the Led Zeppelin and The Beatles cover band, Six Foot Nurse.
In a 2006 interview Tracii Guns stated that if the band had put out a second single and Sixx remained a member of the band, Brides of Destruction would have had a better chance. Guns may be right, may be wrong. The question I've always wondered is this: If your first single is titled "Shut the Fuck Up" why change your band name from Cockstar?
Shut the Fuck Up - Video
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