of The Musician's Voice
recently conducted an interview with former L.A. GUNS
and current TRACII GUNS' LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN
guitarist Tracii Guns
. You can now stream the entire chat using the audio player below.
When asked about the current status of his version of L.A. GUNS
, which has featured several different lead vocalists over the course of the last few years, Tracii
said, "I think I've kind of done it to death, I think the band has done itself to death. Without real room to grow and to move and to be able to exceed the fan base's expectations — they really love their old L.A. GUNS
, and I get it, but I'm older and I continue to study music and recording and a lot of different things. L.A. GUNS
is… It is what it is. It's L.A. GUNS
. If there ever was an opportunity to do L.A. GUNS
for a higher reason, for a bigger reason, I would certainly do it. But I'm kind of over it. I mean, listen, we play a lot of L.A. GUNS
songs in our [TRACII GUNS' LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN
's] live set — people expect to hear those from me — but being in L.A. GUNS
is just not worth the trouble, with two different versions of the band running around, and neither band does the other band any good, and I think it's disappointing for the fans, ultimately. You're dealing with people who have supported you and your music for, God, I don't know… over 20 years… at least over 20 years. I would like to be able to go into each gig with a clear conscience, put out records with a clear conscience and know that I'm doing my best and I'm not trying to pull the wool over anybody's eyes."
The Tracii Guns
version of L.A. GUNS
completed a European headlining tour in March.
The lineup for the trek was as follows: Tracii Guns
- GuitarScott Foster Harris
- VocalsEric Grossman
- BassDoni Gray
- DrumsL.A. GUNS
in December parted ways with Dilana Robichaux
a mere 71 days after announcing the former "Rock Star: Supernova"
reality-TV show contestant as its new singer.Tracii
started L.A. GUNS
while still in high school in 1982. The original singer, Michael Jagosz
, was replaced by Axl Rose
. Signed to PolyGram
in '87, the band's self-titled debut, with Phil Lewis
, sold over a million copies, as did "Cocked and Loaded"
(1989) and "Hollywood Vampires"
' L.A. GUNS
is not to be confused with the Phil Lewis
-led version of the group, which is continuing to record and perform under the L.A. GUNS
moniker.TRACII GUNS' LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN
is described as "a rock and roll band leaning heavy into 1970s British and American blues-based hard rock."