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GUNS, Rios, Bradford 18 June 2011
wouldn't have kept me from a happy jaunt across the Pennines to see one
of my favourite rock bands of all time - LA Guns - with the legendary
Tracii Guns at the helm.
As the story
rumbles on regarding both sides of the LA Guns situation (there are
currently two LA Guns bands doing the rounds the other one of which is
headed by Steve Riley and British frontman Phil Lewis), it was nice to
switch off from all of that and just let the music speak for itself.
a number of local bands and supported by a cool Californian outfit -
Venrez - LA Guns took to the stage and raised the roof right from the
And added to
that, Tracii has got renowned frontman and one time member of the
official LA Guns family, Jizzy Pearl back in to kick ass on the vocals -
could this get any better?
feel that no amount of time would have been enough to satisfy when
watching this group but they belted out as many tracks as they could,
such as 'Electric Gypsy' taken from the band's first ever album release
way back in 1988 and including a few hits from the 'Shrinking Violet'
record from Jizzy's time as the singer in the group back in 1999.
from that same album was just great and a perfect track for a live set
with a heavy, bluesy sound without the raw edge of some of the other
hits - these guys play it lots of different ways, no one trick ponies
classic stuff from 'Never Enough', it's a crowd pleaser, thank goodness
for songs like this and more of the same with 'Over the Edge' from the
massive 'Hollywood Vampires' album.
they can't do a show like this without 'The Ballad of Jayne' and another
early LA Guns hit 'One More Reason'. The extent of the back catalogue is
pretty damn big and most fans want to hear everything anyway - hey!
their best and I think they pulled it off pretty nicely. An encore of
the Love/Hate hit 'Black Out in the Red Room' and finishing with 'Sex
Action' and I think that was a good night's work for everyone concerned.
played it right on the money and the band look comfortable and happy
with each other right now. It all works really well and the dynamics
seem to be perfect.
There are no
gimmicks or egos with this group! It's intense, loud...and live. Now I
know the word 'legend' is used all too liberally these days but you
don't have to be knocking on heaven's door to have that title bestowed
So in this
case for those about to rock...step forward Mr Guns... we salute you!
Review by Judith Reeves
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