Hair metal band L.A. Guns is sounding off against former namesake member Tracii Guns (right), who has put together a touring band with former members of his old band that the current lineup feels is infringing on their territory and confusing fans.
The current lineup of L.A. Guns features Steve Riley, Phil Lewis, Adam Hamilton and Stacy Blades, none of whom are founding members from when the band started in the Hollywood clubs. Lewis, however, joined the band before they signed to Polygram and released their debut album, so most fans consider him an original member (he did sing all the hits, after all), while Riley replaced original drummer Nickey Alexander.
Founding guitarist Tracii Guns, who also started Guns ‘n’ Roses, the other band named after him, left L.A. Guns four years ago, but is now touring with Paul Black on vocals, and Alexander on drums, (plus bassist Jeremy Guns). Black was the frontman for the band when they were unsigned, before Lewis joined the band. Confused? Well, you ought to be.
The current lineup of the band is pissed that Tracii is out there on the road with past members an d feel many will be confused that his band is actually L.A. Guns, so they released the following statement:
"It has come to our attention that a former member of L.A. Guns with rights to use the name has put a tribute band together with some of the guys he played with before the band were signed to Polygram records in 1986. It is a band that never recorded a record together just played some local shows. Twenty years ago. So if you intend to book or attend a concert by this Guns you should know that a singer whose voice you have never heard on a single L.A. Guns record will be attempting to cover L.A. Guns classics with a drummer that hasn't played in a band since 1989. Unfortunately this situation has developed due to the fact that Tracii has burned every bridge that he has ever crossed and these are the only guys left that take him seriously. It should be apparent to anyone with the slightest understanding on how a band operates that certain people are indeed toxic, which is why Steve Riley, Phil Lewis, Adam Hamilton and Stacy Blades decided that the band had to continue after our former guitarist jumped ship two weeks before the release of a new record and world tour four years ago. Since then the band has gone on to prove that live and in the studio the loss has not hurt us a bit, in fact public and press option has made it clear that we are in fact much better off.
"We anticipate there might be some confusion in the coming months with both bands playing live shows so we want to make it clear that we do not endorse of have any control of this situation and expect our fan base to stand by us as we have always stood by them.
"So if you're a life long fan or someone that has recently discovered L.A. Guns and you want to hear all the hits from the first self titled record all the way to 'Tales From The Strip' played authentically with the real singer and drummer who have been playing together for sixteen years then be sure not to confuse the two groups.
"L.A. Guns is a band that thrives on the support of our fans. If any doubt this special relationship that only need to check out the message board on the official L.A. Guns web site, www.laguns.net, or any of our nine thousand friends over at MySpace.com to see that there is great enthusiasm for our work and we promise that this temporary annoyance will not affect our commitment to delivering the best live shows and records.
"So be warned that if you find yourself in an empty club with a band called the original L.A. Guns. It's not us."
Too friggin’ funny…
L.A. Guns Slam Former Members