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  LA GUNS SHOW NO MERCY AS THEY SEND THE UNDERWORLD OVER THE EDGE
LA Guns/Stone Trigger/Burnt Out Wreck: The Underworld, Camden Town, London


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Words: Dave Bonney, Pictures: Ash Phoenix
10th November 2017

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LA Guns



To say LA Guns' history is a complicated affair is a bit of an understatement, and having witnessed various incarnations of the band over the years, from the very first album line-up to the recent Tracii Guns version and the Phil Lewis/Steve Riley's version, it's enough to put the most die-hard fan's head in a spin.

Add to that, the press statement late last year from Lewis, confirming that he was leaving the Riley version of the band, only to end up back with Tracii a few months later, and one could be forgiven for not knowing who might actually be on stage at the Underworld tonight.

It could be argued, if it's Guns and Lewis, then it's bona fide, but don't let that detract from the rest of this band, Michael Grant, Johnny Martin and Shane Fitzgibbon, who collectively have recently produced a very strong album in 'The Missing Peace', which is the reason we're here tonight.

Competing with strong line-ups at other London venues tonight, most notably Michael Schenker holding his Fest over at Shepherds Bush, and Fozzy/Hardcore Superstar having a right old tear up in Islington, and the very fact the band are playing here again in two days' time, I wasn't really expecting a full house, but come the end of the main support act, the place was rammed.

First band on tonight were Burnt Out Wreck, who feature former Heavy Pettin' drummer Gary Moat who has teleported himself from the back of the stage to the front, losing the drumsticks along the way and gaining a microphone, while transforming himself into a front man.

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Burnt Out Wreck

His voice, being a hybrid somewhere between Bon Scott and Brian Johnson, is perfect for their AC/DC inspired hard rock, in fact album title track 'Swallow' sounds more like AC/DC than AC/DC do, which is something I can live with, the obvious lyric innuendos being straight out of the Bon Scott book of poetry, bringing a wry smile to this deviant's face.

Burnt Out Wreck continued to boogie for another thirty minutes and were great fun, and I will definitely be checking them out again, soon hopefully.

Moat's involvement here is unfortunately keeping him out of the much anticipated Heavy Pettin' reunion later this month at the Winter Storm Festival up in Scotland, but if the band keep making the waves they currently are doing, he'll maybe consider he's done the right thing.

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Burnt Out Wreck

Next band up, Stone Trigger from Dublin are probably a little more in keeping with the Sunset Strip vibe of the headliners.

Buoyed by local hero Moyano El Buffalo depping on drums, their Guns N'Roses/Skid Row influenced party rock'n'roll was gleefully received by the LA Guns faithful who welcomed them like an old friend. Having played London many times in the past, they are no strangers to these parts.

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Stone Trigger

Frontman Tommy Rockit owns the stage with his Axl Rose mannerisms and movements and with songs as strong as new single 'Edge of Sanity', 'Rattle Your Bones' and 'Black Venom', off their new album 'G.H.O.S.T' these guys are making a leather clad fist of it.

They're sticking around with the headliners after the UK tour, heading over to Europe for eight more dates, expect to hear more from them next year.
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Stone Trigger


LA Guns hit the stage like a sniper from a hotel room, showing absolutely 'No Mercy' with the opener, going straight into 'Electric Gypsy'.

Lewis's looks and cocky swagger remain intact, which into his sixth decade and with the voice still in fine fettle, is an achievement notwithstanding the Hollywood scene, which brings us nicely to the next song, a raucous cover of the Girl classic 'Hollywood Tease'.

'Over The Edge' sees Tracii Guns now customary use of the violin bow, and with his use of the Theremin later in the show, it's not hard to figure out where Guns' major influence lies. No, he's not Jimmy Page, but when it comes to naming awards and top ten lists etc, his name is usually criminally overlooked which is baffling, as this guy is a guitar monster, make no mistake.

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LA Guns

The band then spice things up with 'Bitch is Back' and a bit of 'Sex Action' with its 'Paint it Black' ending, before a double whammy from the new album.

'The Floods The Fault Of The Rain' and the up tempo 'Speed' with its obvious line (excuse the pun) “A little speed will make you want a little more”. Both are great tracks but are the only new ones on offer tonight. Personally, I would have like to have heard some more off 'The Missing Peace' but with a back catalogue as strong as theirs, then I suppose it's fair enough.

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LA Guns

Crowd favourite 'One More Reason' blends into 'Kiss My Love Goodbye' and it's around this time that I stopped taking notes, which I suppose is the ultimate compliment to the band, forgetting to do so as I was just enjoying myself so much.

So from memory, here goes. I definitely heard some 'Purple Rain' and some 'Hells Bells', I thought I caught some 'Malaria', and there was 'Never Enough' 'Jelly Jam'!

The band round off the evening with the ballad of the 80s 'The Ballad of Jayne' which reached number 10 on the crowd participation meter, before ending the show with a brilliant guest appearance from Bernie Tormé on 'Rip and Tear'.

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LA Guns with Bernie Tormé

Tormé and Lewis produced two vastly underrated albums in the mid-eighties and judging by their constant grins, they both enjoyed being back on stage together.

So, a thoroughly enjoyable evening with a greatest hits set, what more could you want, except to do it all over again in two days time.

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MONSTERS OF ROCK IN FULL FLIGHT SURE TO BECOME FUTURE COLLECTOR'S ITEM

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Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.



 


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