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31
Jul

LA GUNS marks 30 Years with a Return to the Whisky A Go-Go

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LA Guns marks 30 Years with a Return to the Whisky A Go-Go
 
From Joe Dolan in LA:

The world famous Whisky A Go-Go played host to a night of local favorites with a headlining show by LA Guns, a band that got it's start on the very same stage 30 years ago. While the names have changed, as far as the performing line-up goes, the sound remains the same; and fans in attendance showed zero lack of support as the venue was filled to capacity by the time LA Guns took the stage.

Front man Phil Lewis was not a member of the 1983/84 line-up of the band when they first assembled the group and began their domination of the 80'sera Sunset Strip music scene. The band rotated members in and out at the time, blending parts with the group Hollywood Rose and eventually spawning two cornerstones in the MTV Headbanger's Ball generation '' LA Guns and Guns n' Roses. The result remains legendary in the influence of literally hundreds, if not thousands of bands that followed. By the time 1985 came around, however, the band had secured Lewis on vocals and his songwriting prowess and live performance history would meld with that of former band guitarist and founding member Tracii Guns to create a sound that would land the band a place in the rock and roll history books forever.

The current line-up of LA Guns includes singer Phil Lewis (Girl, Torme), guitarist Michael Grant (Endeverafter, Assassins), drummer Steve Riley (WASP, Steppenwolf) who has performed with the band as far back as 1987 and on bass guitar, Scotty Griffin (Hookers and Blow, The King Mixers.) The level of authority that each member provides from a history in recording and performing on the hard rock circuit played a key role in turning a night at the Whisky in to a show that concertgoers will talk about for some time to come.

When the curtain dropped and the lights came up, the band opened their set with four fan favorites. The opening song was Show No Mercy, a hard rocker that launched the band in to stardom as the first track of the self-titled debut by the band in 1988, eventually reaching gold status after the release of their follow up album titled Cocked & Loaded. Next came the 2nd track from the same album, Sex Action then two songs from the sophomore release ' Never Enough and I WWanna Be Your Man. Throughout the night, LA Guns ran the gamut of singles from their catalog, touching on the strongest songs fans have responded to throughout their history. From the back of the room to the stage, attendees raised their horns and sang along, one fan even getting personal with the band was able to remove a cuff style bracelet from her arm and put it on Lewis' wrist with gratitude, which he responded to with thanks from the stage, wearing it for the rest of the show.

The band is now on tour, independently, and has scheduled performances across the US that will showcase a series of talents that also come from the same era of the band's years in scoring radio airplay. Throughout August and September, LA Guns will share stages with artists including Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, Winger, The (London) Quireboys, Enuff Z'Nuff, Great White, Sebastian Bach (Skid Row,) Warrant, Queensryche and Trixter. A good look at the summer of 2014 begs one to ask ' 'What the hell year is this, wherre hard rock is the biggest thing taking the concert scene by storm?' Fans, it seems, are just grateful for the return of music that feeds their hungry hard rock hearts.

Keep up with the band and the upcoming tour dates by visiting the official website at www.laguns.net, or on the social network through Facebook and Twitter. All links are available on the band's website.

 

 

 
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Thu
24
Jul

STRYPER Continue To Spread Their Musical Message With New Live CD/DVD

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STRYPER Continue To Spread Their Musical Message With New Live CD/DVD
 
Live At The Whisky Slated for Release in September via Frontiers Records
 
 
Stryper is back with their latest release, a live CD/DVD combination called Live At The Whisky. The live recording will be available on September 19 in Europe and September 23 in North America, via Frontiers Records and is truly a must have for any fan!
 
The concert was recorded at a sold-out show last November at the famous Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. The 16-track collection documents the band’s first show in support of their latest critically acclaimed release, No More Hell To Pay. From the show opener “Legacy” to the final notes of show finale “Soldiers Under Command,” Live At The Whisky documents Stryper’s rich musical legacy that spans over 30 years.
 
The original lineup comprised of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitars), Robert Sweet (drums), Oz Fox (guitars) and Tim Gaines (bass) showcase the musicianship and songs that garnered the band a huge fan base in the mainstream world and the Christian market. Live At The Whisky was produced by Michael Sweet is available for pre-order at Amazon at http://geni.us/StryperWhiskyAMZ.
 
"We've always wanted to record a live album that captures the rawness of the band and this is it! We couldn't be more thrilled then to have captured this at the infamous Whisky, where it all began for us. After 30 years, we're still proud to do what we do and hopefully it shows. This is an intimate performance, the way it should be."
 
The DVD of Live At The Whisky also contains the music video for “No More Hell To Pay” and “Sympathy” from their latest album No More Hell To Pay. It also features an interview segment the band recorded for Nashville All Access.  A trailer for the DVD can be seen at http://youtu.be/uCB8lvXw5pk.
 
The track listing for Live At The Whisky is:
 
1) Legacy                                                                        09) The Rock That Makes Me Roll
2) Marching Into Battle                                                    10) No More Hell To Pay
3) You Know What To Do                                                11) Jesus Is Just Alright
4) Loud And Clear                                                           12) Always There For You
5) Reach Out                                                                   13) All For One
6) Calling On You                                                            14) The Way
7) Free                                                                             15) To Hell With The Devil
8) More Than A Man                                                        16) Soldiers Under Command
 
Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up, Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell With The Devil and In God We Trust. Stryper is also the first band to ever have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the Dove Award-winning and Grammy nominated band has sold upwards of 10 million records worldwide. 
 
 
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