All I can
say is aaaaaaarrrrrghghghghhhh!! 12 years guys!!! Why so long?
The lights went down in the venue and the smoke machines come out to
play. On wanders TRACII GUNS except I didn't recognise him until he
started playing the guitar.
He just looked so different from those 12 or so years ago, no spiky long
hair, no leather jeans, the tattoo's where the same but with the smoke
machine engulfing them in clouds so it was a bit hard to make out the
tattoo's on his shoulder until the spot lights fell on him.
Steve Riley (the original) on the drums and new guy Muddy on bass. They
played a five minute intro and them on wanders the sex god of glam rock
n roll, Mr Phil Lewis. He had a huge cheeky grin on his face as the
crowd lifted and screamed his name.
This man must have a pact with the devil; he doesn't age and hasn't
really changed that much at all. Still wearing skintight black jeans and
black vest tops, still got the long black hair (minus the bandanna)
still sex on legs. Pretty Cool! (Cold shower for me!)
They played a multitude of songs from their collection (12, I think in
total) of albums of the past and present.
To our great enjoyment they played most of the songs from their
self-titled first album, a few from Cocked and Loaded and a hand full
from Hollywood Vampires. Including Kiss Love Goodbye, No Mercy, Sex
Action, Never Enough and newy Hypnotized, which Phil dedicated to all
the would be, wanna be vampires in the audience.
Then there was a handful from their latest album including Man on The
Moon, Good Thing and Beautiful to which the audience sang along
The patter from them was brilliant. Phil took great pleasure in telling
us all that he was proud to be British, especially after the recent
atrocities in the US with the terrorist attacks on the World Trade
Centre and the Pentagon.
He said "I'm not very good at this sort of thing but you guys are
great and I am so proud to be British, especially all the help and love
that has come from over here it is fantastic ……you know what I
mean". He then changed the subject to something different, as he
seemed to get rather emotional about it all.
Tracii Guns was amazing, he could still out play the majority of
guitarist to this day. He played some absolutely amazing guitar solos
(like in the middle of Long Time Dead) and to show what a good showman
he is, (or a clever bugger) he even played his guitar intro to One More
Reason with a violin bow.
The audience went wild when Phil came back on to stage and told us
"We are LA Guns and we are what you call, Old School" and they
went into a fantastic version of "No Mercy". Some of the crowd
were so enthused about all the singing and jumping up and down ever time
that Phil came near the front of the stage, that they decide to try and
… ahem, tackle his tackle.
The arms came searching up from the front like something from Queen's,
"Crazy little thing called Love" video and groped as much as
they could handle.
After an hour on stage they left telling us that if we wanted more we
would have to shout for it so we all obliged with chants of LA Guns to
the tune of Here We Go, just like footy fans!! And loads of feet
stomping which made the floor thunder under foot. God knows what the
people down stairs must have thought, was the ceiling going to tumble on
their heads like "Chicken Licken"!!!!
Five minutes later back on stage they come bouncing around and bowing to
the applause. We had a load more songs from the guys including, Over the
Edge and Electric Gypsy.
They played a mixed version of Crystal Eyes and Ballad of Jayne, which
started with the first verse and chorus of Crystal Eyes (dedicated to a
girl called Trinity - who is now fast asleep) and then into the whole of
Ballad of Jayne which was totally mesmerising, as we were all invited to
Phil introduced everyone to the band, including a ditty about Tracii
Guns and then it was the last song of what could only be described as a
fantastic night. The climax was a brilliantly elongated version of Rip n
Tear, which brought the house down and the night to a close. The guys
did the customary line of bows and then walked off into the darkness of
In whole the gig was something else - it totally knocked the socks off
and for the guys to be on stage for over an hour and a half was amazing.
They really entertained. The only down fall was the PA in the
University, as the bass amp or something kept cutting out and the smoke
machine was on overload, but apart from that, the band, the songs and
the atmosphere was fantastic.
God, PLEASE come back again soon, don't leave it another 12 years,
because after all you're a Long Time Dead.