Never EnoughI have no idea what got me thinking the other night about Los Angeles “sleaze metal” band the L.A. Guns. Whatever it was, next thing you know I’m pulling out 20-year-old CDs and getting all misty-eyed and nostalgic.
The first time I saw L.A. Guns play live was in 1988 at a place called – if memory serves – the D’Anza Theater, in Riverside, Calif. It was literally a converted theater, with maybe 200-300 max capacity. I don’t think the place was even full. I know by the time the lights came up at the end it seemed like there were maybe 50 people left. I remember seeing the guys from the band at the Carl’s Jr. across the street earlier that day. Nothing like a cheeseburger before you go onstage.
During the course of the next decade, I saw the Guns two or three more times – once opening for AC/DC. The last time was in 2001, at a place called the 19th Hole, a dive bar in Houston that, despite its name, was at least two miles from the nearest golf course. The Guns were on a triumphant “reunion” tour and played a killer set of all their old hits. After, while the crowd milled around waiting for Faster Pussycat to take the stage, the members of L.A. Guns sat at a table signing autographs. As a longtime fan, I had to queue up. I went through the line, each band member scribbling his name on my 8x10 B&W glossy pic. At the end of the table was Tracii Guns himself. While he signed his name, I told him I’d been a fan for a long time and that I’d seen L.A. Guns play back in 1988.
He just kind of looked at me. “That’s a long time,” was the only thing he said.
Tracii Guns is so fuckin’ rock ‘n’ roll.
Sex Action.mp3 ~ from L.A. Guns
Rip and Tear.mp3 ~ from Cocked & Loaded
I Wanna Be Your Man.mp3 ~ from Cocked & Loaded
Over the Edge.mp3 ~ from Hollywood Vampires
Killing Machine.mp3 ~ from Vicious Circle
Man in the Moon.mp3 ~ from Man in the Moon
Crazy Bitch (Buckcherry cover).mp3 ~ from the "Crazy Bitch" single
My Michelle (Guns ‘n’ Roses cover).mp3 ~ from Rock Bottom
Rock Bottom (UFO Cover).mp3 ~ from Rock Bottom
Steam Rock Fever (Scorpions cover).mp3 ~ from Rock Bottom
Revolution.mp3 ~ from Here Come the Brides, Brides of Destruction [London LeGrand, Tracii Guns, John Corabi, Nikki Sixx, and Scot Coogan]