L.A. GUNS

Glam Metal / Hard Rock • United States
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L.A. Guns is an American glam metal, hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1983. As of 2013, the lineup consists of Phil Lewis (vocals), Michael Grant (guitar), Scott Griffin (bass) and Steve Riley (drums, percussion). The first incarnation of the group was formed, by Tracii Guns, in 1983 but disbanded in 1985 following its merger with fellow Los Angeles group Hollywood Rose, becoming the first lineup of Guns N' Roses. The same year, the group was reformed by Guns and singer Paul Black adding Mick Cripps and Nickey Alexander. Black would soon be replaced by former Girl singer Phil Lewis while former Faster Pussycat bassist Kelly Nickels was added to the group. Later, Alexander would be replaced by former W.A.S.P. drummer Steve Riley with this being known as the "classic lineup" of L.A. Guns. They achieved moderate chart success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, read more...
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L.A. GUNS Discography

L.A. GUNS albums / top albums

L.A. GUNS L.A. Guns album cover 4.25 | 13 ratings
L.A. Guns
Glam Metal 1988
L.A. GUNS Cocked & Loaded album cover 3.68 | 10 ratings
Cocked & Loaded
Glam Metal 1989
L.A. GUNS Hollywood Vampires album cover 3.62 | 8 ratings
Hollywood Vampires
Glam Metal 1991
L.A. GUNS Vicious Circle album cover 2.90 | 5 ratings
Vicious Circle
Hard Rock 1994
L.A. GUNS American Hardcore album cover 2.67 | 3 ratings
American Hardcore
Hard Rock 1996
L.A. GUNS Greatest Hits And Black Beauties album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Greatest Hits And Black Beauties
Glam Metal 1999
L.A. GUNS Shrinking Violet album cover 3.62 | 4 ratings
Shrinking Violet
Glam Metal 1999
L.A. GUNS Cocked & Re-Loaded album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Cocked & Re-Loaded
Hard Rock 2000
L.A. GUNS Man In The Moon album cover 3.67 | 5 ratings
Man In The Moon
Hard Rock 2001
L.A. GUNS Waking The Dead album cover 3.84 | 6 ratings
Waking The Dead
Hard Rock 2002
L.A. GUNS Rips The Covers Off album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Rips The Covers Off
Hard Rock 2004
L.A. GUNS Tales From The Strip album cover 3.17 | 3 ratings
Tales From The Strip
Glam Metal 2005
L.A. GUNS Covered In Guns album cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
Covered In Guns
Hard Rock 2010
L.A. GUNS Hollywood Forever album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Hollywood Forever
Hard Rock 2012
L.A. GUNS The Missing Peace album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Missing Peace
Hard Rock 2017
L.A. GUNS The Devil You Know album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Devil You Know
Hard Rock 2019

L.A. GUNS EPs & splits

L.A. GUNS Collector's Edition No. 1 album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Collector's Edition No. 1
Glam Metal 1985
L.A. GUNS Cuts album cover 2.67 | 3 ratings
Cuts
Glam Metal 1992
L.A. GUNS Wasted album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Wasted
Glam Metal 1998

L.A. GUNS live albums

L.A. GUNS Live! Vampires album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Live! Vampires
Glam Metal 1992
L.A. GUNS Live: A Nite On The Strip album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Live: A Nite On The Strip
Glam Metal 2000
L.A. GUNS Loud & Dangerous: Live From Hollywood album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Loud & Dangerous: Live From Hollywood
Glam Metal 2006
L.A. GUNS Acoustic Gypsy Live album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Acoustic Gypsy Live
Glam Metal 2011
L.A. GUNS Cocked and Loaded Live album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Cocked and Loaded Live
Hard Rock 2021

L.A. GUNS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

L.A. GUNS I Wanna Be Your Man album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
I Wanna Be Your Man
Glam Metal 1990
L.A. GUNS Holiday Foreplay album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Holiday Foreplay
Glam Metal 1991

L.A. GUNS re-issues & compilations

L.A. GUNS The Best Of L.A. Guns: Hollywood A Go Go album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of L.A. Guns: Hollywood A Go Go
Glam Metal 1996
L.A. GUNS Hollywood Rehearsal album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Hollywood Rehearsal
Glam Metal 1997
L.A. GUNS Black City Breakdown (1985-1986) album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Black City Breakdown (1985-1986)
Glam Metal 2000
L.A. GUNS Ultimate L.A. Guns album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ultimate L.A. Guns
Glam Metal 2002
L.A. GUNS Hollywood Raw: The Original Sessions album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Hollywood Raw: The Original Sessions
Glam Metal 2004
L.A. GUNS 20th Masters: The Best Of L. A. Guns album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
20th Masters: The Best Of L. A. Guns
Glam Metal 2005
L.A. GUNS Black List album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Black List
Glam Metal 2007
L.A. GUNS A Fistful of Guns - Anthology 1985-2012 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Fistful of Guns - Anthology 1985-2012
Glam Metal 2017

L.A. GUNS singles (12)

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Sex Action
Glam Metal 1988
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Rip And Tear
Glam Metal 1988
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Never Enough
Glam Metal 1989
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2.00 | 1 ratings
I Wanna Be Your Man
Glam Metal 1989
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2.00 | 1 ratings
The Ballad Of Jayne
Glam Metal 1990
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Kiss My Love Goodbye
Glam Metal 1991
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Some Lie 4 Love
Glam Metal 1991
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2.00 | 1 ratings
It's Over Now
Glam Metal 1991
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Over The Edge
Glam Metal 1991
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Face Down
Hard Rock 1993
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Killing Machine
Hard Rock 1994
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Long Time Dead
Hard Rock 1994

L.A. GUNS movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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One More Reason
Glam Metal 1989
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Love, Peace & Geese
Glam Metal 1991
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Hellraisers Ball
Glam Metal 2005
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The Hollywood Years: Live And Loaded
Glam Metal 2007

L.A. GUNS Reviews

L.A. GUNS Cocked and Loaded Live

Live album · 2021 · Hard Rock
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Kev Rowland
I do not have the energy to describe in detail what has happened to L.A. Guns over the years, but there is now only one band legally allowed to use the name without having another name attached to it, and that is the one which features Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis (who I will always think of as the singer from Girl, as I loved their debut album). In November 2020, during the recording of a new album, L.A. Guns wanted to get together and do one of the things they love most, which is play a show. The band announced a special gig at the Fremont Country Club in Las Vegas, NV that would celebrate the 31st anniversary of their beloved album, ‘Cocked and Loaded’, which they then played virtually in its entirety while also adding in “Speed” from their more recent album ‘The Missing Peace’.

Everyone knows Tracii merged his band with Hollywood Rose to create Guns ‘n’ Roses before leaving to form a new version of his own band, and there is no doubt that their second album, 1989’s ‘Cocked and Loaded’ is seen by many as their highlight with the single “The Ballad of Jayne” being one of the highlights. When it comes to sleazy glam then L.A. Guns have been at the forefront since their re-emergence in 1985, and while there have been different versions over the years, for me the true band is whichever one features Tracii and Phil Lewis (strange to think that at one time they were each fronting their own version of the band). There is something about the two of them together which creates tension and a great end result. Lewis has never been the best singer in the world, yet he is the consummate frontman, always knowing what the audience expect and giving it to them. For this show they were joined by Scot Coogan (drums, backing vocals), Ace Von Johnson (rhythm vocals, backing vocals) and Johnny Martin (bass, backing vocals) and together the quintet makes the place jump like it was 1989.

L.A. GUNS The Devil You Know

Album · 2019 · Hard Rock
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Kev Rowland
Given there have been a few different versions of this band treading the bands, and even now there are two in existence, it can be somewhat difficult to understand which one is the real deal. To me, and to many other fans it has to be said, whatever version contains guitarist Tracii Guns is the one that matters. And if that version also contains the one and only Philip Lewis, then that is the one to go for. Lewis and Guns have fallen out more than once during their long relationship, which stretches all the way back to 1987, but when they are together there is no doubting the chemistry. I first came across Lewis when I purchased Girl’s second single “Hollywood Tease” back in 1980. I was curious to see what a British band would do with the Kiss classic, and they made it their very own. After the success of their superb debut album ‘Sheer Greed’ I was somewhat surprised they imploded but given that Collen went on to Def Leppard and Lewis eventually to L.A Guns it was obviously a good training ground.

Whenever Lewis is at the microphone, he somehow embodies sleaze, and sneers through the vocals, and when he has Guns next to him then both of them hit pure form. There is no doubt that in the 30+ years since they first met, their finest moments have been when they are together. The rest of the line-up is Johnny Martin (bass), Scot Coogan (drums) and Ace Von Johnson (guitar), but none of them have been there for more than three years in a band whose history can be traced all the way back to 1983 (of course there was a small detour into some outfit called Guns ‘s’ Roses). This is the Lewis and Guns show, and they are showing now sign at all of slowing down. Lewis screams with power and swagger as if he is still in twenties pouting “Let me be rude, do you mind if I'm crude, I'll insult all of your friends” while Guns has turned it up, and shows whatever Lewis can do on his part of the stage he is going to do his very best to show who is the owner of the name.

L.A. Guns are back with a huge bang, and this album deserves very close attention indeed. It rocks, it rolls, and it belts it out. This is the real deal, the Eighties L.A. scene which brought us bands like Faster Pussycat, has been brought back to life in a relevant and fun manner. This album just makes me smile.

L.A. GUNS Waking The Dead

Album · 2002 · Hard Rock
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Stephen
2002 is surely a bad year to produce a glam album, I mean, who's going to buy that when nu-metal still rule the world, but thumbs up to Phil Lewis and the gang to deliver such a classy release in the midst of a horrible heavy metal year. 'Waking The Dead' shows L.A.GUNS try to revive their early days sound, but also attempt to adapt with the current climate, resulting in a 75% classic style and 25% modern touch.

Hits for me here are the opening song, 'Don't Look At Me That Way'; the melodic hard rock 'Revolution' and 'Lost In The City of Angels'; 'The Ballad' which is quite obvious, is the ballad of this album; the sleazy 'Hellraisers Ball'; and the fast-paced closer, 'Don't You Cry'. 'OK, Let's Roll' and 'Waking The Dead' are okay, the latter has almost-growly vocal which I believe they never tried before, and 'Frequency' could be the worst song here.

I know lots of fans dig this but I also know that many of the 80s generation missed this because they think by 1993, the game is over, but if you can find this, I strongly recommend you to buy it. It has that punchy riffs they used to have, Lewis scream crazily good here, and the songs are mostly enjoyable. A great criminally-underrated album!

L.A. GUNS L.A. Guns

Album · 1988 · Glam Metal
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Negoba
Good Trash Rock

After the phenomenal success of Appetite for Destruction, record companies were of course scrambling to fill the desire for more trashy glam rock. What better place to tap the well than Axl's former partner in crime Tracii Guns? L.A. Guns was already up and running by the time of Appetite, and their debut album was released within the year.

The result was a plain jane version of G'n'R sleaze. The songs had plenty of attitude, rocked hard enough, but also had absolutely nothing new to say. Unlike Appetite, which had seemed fresh and bold, L.A. Guns was just a raunchier kind of color by numbers rock. Given Tracii's role in the evolution of the sound itself, this judgment may have been unfair. But with the chronology and personel involved with the albums, it was what it was.

Bottom Line: Average GnR afterthought

L.A. GUNS L.A. Guns

Album · 1988 · Glam Metal
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Cat Casino
What a great album by a great band.This album is just awesome for anyone that's into hardcore L.A. rock from the early to late 80's.L.A.Guns is kind of like the heavier,more straightforward version of an early Guns N' Roses.No Mercy,Sex Action,Shoot For thrills,and Bitch Is Back are all highlights and also all instant classics.Just take a listen to tracii Guns' guitar wailing and Phil Lewis' instantly recognizable voice and you'll se why this album is a must have for your record collection.This band helped to put the sleaze in sleaze metal with this album.For any fans of sleaze and glam,this is a must have.

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