L.A. Guns came to The Vogue on February 28th, and blew away the audience with a mix of classic songs and newer ones that kept their audience enthralled and entertained throughout the night.
The band wrapped up their Missing Peace world tour with a final stop at the Vogue and put a stamp on their reputation as one of the best live acts of the ‘80s metal genre.
For those that may need a little backstory, L.A. Guns released their first album in 1988, after lead guitarist Tracii Guns left the original Guns N Roses band that he helped found along with Axl Rose. If you make the connection, he was the original GUNS in Guns N Roses. The classic line up of the band features the singer Phil Lewis who reunited with Tracii Guns in 2016.
Tracii Guns took a long hiatus from the group in 2002, while Lewis continued on without him. The new L.A. Guns consists of Lewis on vocals. Tracii Guns on lead guitar. Michael Grant on rhythm guitar. Bassist Johnny Martin, and Shane Fitzgibbon on drums.
The self titled first album L.A. Guns, and their follow up Cocked and Loaded, are fantastic albums and anyone who is a fan of ‘80s metal should definitely go and check them out. Also, if you’re looking for a current release from the band, their newest album The Missing Peace just released last year, and has gotten rave reviews from fans and critics alike.
The show itself was really entertaining as the setlist comprised of the most well known songs from their first couple albums such as Electric Gypsy, No Mercy, Never Enough, The Ballad of Jayne and Rip and Tear. They also featured newer songs such as “The Devil Made Me Do It”, which opened the set. Also the track “Speed” from their newest release featured a great solo from Tracii Guns in the middle.
Tracii and the rest of the group played a really tight show, and the whole group played flawlessly throughout the night. Lewis and Guns interacted with each other trading smiles back and forth throughout the night, and you could tell that they genuinely seemed to love playing with each other again.
The best moments of the night though, were watching Tracii Guns. He was the guy that everyone came to see, and he unfortunately doesn’t get the credit he deserves as one of the best guitar players of the ‘80s metal genre.
One guitar player that has quite a cult following, and also played guitar in Guns N Roses is also coming to The Vogue. Buckethead will make an appearance at the venue come April 27. Buckethead played on the latest Guns N Roses release, Chinese Democracy. Tickets are priced at 25 dollars and can be purchased at The Vogue’s online website.