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L.A. GUNS – vocalist Phil Lewis

August 8th, 2012

L.A Guns

L.A. GUNS

vocalist Phil Lewis

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICS BY MARKO SYRJALA

L.A. Guns are one of the true originals of the 80’s Sunset Strip’s hair metal scene. The band was formed in 1983 by guitarist Tracii Guns but it took several years and line-up changes before the classic line up of Guns, vocalist Phil Lewis, drummer Steve Riley, bassist Kelly Nickels and guitarist Mick Cripps was born. The albums: L.A. GUNS, COCKED AND LOADED and HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES were highly successful but the 90’s proved to be a difficult time for L.A. Guns. Riley left the band in 1992 and Lewis, Cripps and Nickels departures followed in 1995 after the unsuccessful VICIOUS CIRCLE album. Guns then continued to tour and record under L.A. Guns names whereas Lewis focused on other things like a solo album and various band projects including Filthy Lucre and Liberators. The classic line-up was put together again in 1999. The band released re-recorded versions of the first two L.A. Guns albums and a new studio album MAN ON THE MOON was released in 2001. WAKING THE DEAD followed in 2002 and although the album was a critical success, Tracii Guns decided to quit with the band and concentrate on his new band project titled Brides of Destruction. Despite all the difficulties, the band lost their record deal and a tour with Alice Cooper; they decided to carry on with a new guitar player Stacey Blades (ex –Roxx Gang). The new line-up released album TALES FROM THE STRIP in 2005. Since then the band has remained active and a touring act, they have released a pair of covers albums and a live album LOUD AND DANGEROUS. Tracii Guns in turn formed his own version of L.A. Guns and for years there were confusingly two bands touring under the same name. However, last July Tracii announced that he’s done with his version and will start a new project instead. L.A. Guns which now consists of Lewis, Riley, Blades and bassist Scotty Griffin released its new studio album HOLLYWOOD FOREVER on last June. The band returned in Finland for a four date tour in late July (their first time here since 1991). In Helsinki, we had the pleasure to sit down with Mr. Lewis and discuss about various topics including HOLLYWOOD FOREVER, L.A. Guns history, Lewis’s other projects and also about his current relationship with some of his old band mates… Read on!!

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L.A. Guns with support act Dirty Passion on European Tour 2011 at The Rock Copenhagen, Denmark

December 6th, 2011

 

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L.A Guns – headline

European Tour 2011


Dirty Passion – support act

The Rock

Copenhagen

Denmark

25/9 – 2011

 

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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L.A. GUNS – drummer Steve Riley (ex- W.A.S.P, Keel)

November 24th, 2011

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STEVE RILEY

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICS BY MARKO SYRJALA

L.A. Guns are best known as being one of the veterans of the Sunset Strip’s hair metal scene. The band formed in 1983 by guitarist Tracii Guns and after several line-up changes they found the right members and the classic line-up then consisted of Guns, vocalist Phil Lewis, drummer Steve Riley, bassist Kelly Nickels and guitarist Mick Cripps. Their late 80’s/early 90’s albums COCKED AND LOADED and HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES were highly successful. The 90’s proved to be a difficult time for L.A. Guns, as it was for many metal and hard rock bands. A great number of line-up changes and unsuccessful albums followed but the band finally got back on track with the 2001 album MAN ON THE MOON which once again included Guns, Riley, Cripps and Lewis back together. The next album WAKING THE DEAD followed in 2002 but although that album had many great reviews, and the band had some good tour offers, Tracii Guns decided to quit and concentrate on his brand new project Brides of Destruction which also included Nikki Sixx from Mötley Crue. The band lost their record deal and already booked tour but decided to carry on with a new guitar player. Stacey Blades (ex-Roxx Gang) stepped in and the album TALES FROM THE STRIP was released in 2005 and since then the band has been actively touring across the globe. The current version of L.A Guns includes: Lewis, Riley, Blades and the latest addition bassist Scotty Griffin.  The band arrived to Stockholm on late October and then we had an honor to sit down with Mr. Riley and hear the latest news and other interesting stuff as well… Read on!

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W.A.S.P -Blackie Lawless

November 22nd, 2009

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BLACKIE LAWLESS

Legendary U.S band W.A.S.P. would stir up quite a bit of controversy in their mid 80’s heyday thanks to their explicit lyrics and over-the-top stage show, which many deemed violent and sexist. That controversy would fade in time as the band tamed a bit and many more controversial acts came long, but not before putting the band on the map of the rock world and creating a ton of free publicity. The band released its self titled classic debut in 1984, and wouldn’t stop or even slow down despite some highly disruptive lineup changes and slowly fading album sales. The band has been relentless in their album releases, almost never letting up or even taking a bit of a breather. Their latest effort, 14’th studio album, BABYLON, arrived stores just a couple of months ago. Although this band has faced many ups and downs in its long career they now seem to do extremely well especially here in Scandinavia. In Finland alone, band now sold out four shows and performed altogether in a front of over 6000 WASP maniacs, that’s not so bad on these days isn’t it? In Helsinki we had a chance to sit down with the bands founder and mastermind Blackie Lawless and discuss many current topics including: the new album BABYLON, The Crimson Idol Anniversary –tour, the past, the future, the current global situation, politics and Blackies’ thoughts about retiring… Read on and learn!!

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA AND MATTI MARTIKAINEN

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WASP Live in FINLAND

October 11th, 2006

 

24.9 2006

Live at House of Culture, Helsinki FINLAND

 

Blackie Lawless formed WASP in the early eighties together with Randy Piper, Chris Holmes and Tony Richards. The band’s first EP “Animal “F*** Like A Beast” was released in 1983 and it was an instant success world wide. The band established a reputation as a ferocious live act, thanks to having naked beauties in a torture rack on stage and throwing raw meat into the audience during the show. The self titled debut album included such classics as “I Wanna Be Somebody”, “L.O.V.E Machine”, “Sleeping In The Fire” and “Hellion” which all are true heavy metal classics. In the following years the band released the albums “The Last Command”, “Inside The Electric Circus” and “Headless Children” before they went on hiatus around 1990. “The Crimson Idol” was released in 1993 with Blackie being the only original member. 1997 saw the release of “K.F.D” and a brief re-union with Chris Holmes. Since then WASP has released two live albums, five studio albums and has been almost constantly on tour. Although their record sales are far from the glory days, people still are interested to see them play live.Tonight’s show at House of Culture was sold out with the sales of 1500 tickets and on the current tour the band sold altogether almost 6000 tickets in Finland.

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ 

 

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