L.A. Guns – The Whisky a Go Go – 7/21/17

All B&W Pictures: Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

All Color Pictures: Sheri Hastings

Fan Experience: Teresa Schachtel

You know when you can’t move one square inch in the world famous Whisky A Go-Go that there is a very big band playing on the Sunset Strip. And behold… there was L.A. Guns.

With their die hard and tried-and-true fans, The Guns rocked the roof off the place. New material such as “The Flood’s The Fault of the Rain” and “Speed” were super amazing and you can tell that Phil Lewis really enjoyed performing these songs. Don’t worry, all your favorite nostalgic songs like “The Ballad of Jayne”, Rip N’ Tear“, and “Never Enough” were performed as well.
Their phenomenally talented guitar player, Michael Grant, showed his versatility in front of the mic as well on a couple of cover tunes, namely “Purple Rain” by Princewhich has almost become a signature of his, and “Faith” by George Michael. The crowd was moved and impressed with the emotion on display.
The musicianship is one thing that I must mention. Tracii Guns and his “dual” guitar solo toward the end of the set is truly one of the most magical things that I have ever heard and I dare say that few could rival.

Phil Lewis has still got his top notch, golden, rockstar scream and can really hold a long and strong note. With Johnny Martin and Michael Grant rocking out on bass and guitar respectively, and Shane Fitzgibbon on drums skillfully mastering the art of keeping the spine in line, the band gives off a sense of pride and complete cohesiveness. Then, they ultimately bring you to that place where you can still bang your head, swing your hair, and rock that jean vest with the patches on it…now that’s talent!

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