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L.A. Guns complete new album, Tracii Guns to start League of Gentleman and put his version of L.A. Guns to rest
L.A. Guns have completed recording their first album since 2005's 'Tales From The Strip', and will start the mixing process on Monday (Feb.27).
The album was produced by the great Andy Johns and will feature appearances by former band members Mick Cripps and Kelly Nickels. It includes fifteen new original songs and one track in Spanish. A 'big old school' video shoot is slated for next week in Hollywood for a couple of songs from the new record.
Phil Lewis, Steve Riley, Stacey Blades and Scotty Griffin announced the signing of their new record deal with Cleopatra Records in January. A CD and vinyl release, with bonus tracks available only on iTunes, is set for early summer. A nine-month World Tour following the release is also in the works. Singer Phil Lewis said: "We've been waiting a long time to get back in and record. Our last album, 'Tales From The Strip', was incredibly well-received and we're looking forward to putting out something even better! With today's uncertain musical landscape it's great to have a label like Cleopatra Records behind us. We've been friends with Brian Perera (Cleopatra Records founder and owner) for a long time, and are really looking forward to working together on this and many more projects with him in the future."
Here's a short video from the studio on the first day of recording at Stagg Studio in Los Angeles on February 6th:
Guitarist Tracii Guns is about to put his version of L.A. Guns to rest and concentrate on his new project Tracii Guns' League Of Gentlemen. The new band, consisting of Tracii Guns (guitars), Scott Foster Harris (vocals), Doni Gray (drums), Steve Preach (guitars, piano, organ) and Johnny Martin (bass).
Tracii Guns' version of L.A. Guns will come to an end after their upcoming European tour, beginning in March. Said Guns, "This European tour will be the last L.A. Guns tour for now and also it's a tour to break in my new band The Tracii Guns League Of Gentlemen. So, we will be doing a complete L.A. Guns set and possibly one new League Of Gentlemen song. After this tour it will be League Of Gentlemen for the rest of the year."
Phil Lewis is laughing somewhere! He was ultra critical of Tracii Guns three months ago when he chose Dilana Robichaux (ex-Rockstar Supernova contestant) as his vocalist, blasting Tracii and stating that his version of L.A. Guns was just a fucking joke (in so many words). Apparently he was right, as Tracii Guns and female vocalist Dilana have parted ways in under three months. Dilana also agrees with Phil.
While Dilana claimed that the current L.A. Guns tour dates would be cancelled, Tracii clarified by saying that Tony West from Blacklist Union would sing during the rest of the tour.
Dilana stated, "I never quit. Tracii walked out saying 'thank you, it was fun while it lasted'. This band is a fuck'n joke. I have a publisher for a book starting on Monday. I HATE that I have to give Tracii this credit, but oh well... I have ALL the notes written and some recorded about this very fucked up L.A. Guns tour! One day, you will understand."
Tracii Guns replied with, "Doni (Gray, drummer) and I are sitting here reflecting on what a magical time we had with Dilana singing. We were told by everyone that it was taking a huge chance musically. That's what it's all about right? Taking chances! It was truely the best L.A. Guns I ever heard on stage hands down. I'm glad I took the chance and I'm glad it's captured on video because now I can truely watch those videos and go WoW! Sometimes the greatest art comes from the madness and this was the case here."
"I know Dilana is ripping on every aspect of the situation and I know that's how she vents so I am ok with it," continues Guns. "I am glad alot of people got to see it live because I know it ruled. We are sad that it has to end so soon, but everything happens for a reason and we feel like we broke some ground just for arts sake and it felt great!"
Dilana replaced Jizzy Pearl as L.A. Guns vocalist in late Spetember. She will enter the studio in February to begin work on a solo album.
The Tracii Guns version of L.A. Guns has found a replacement in record time after the departure of Jizzy Pearl who announced he was leaving the band last week. Their new frontman is now a frontwoman, former Rock Star Supernova contestant Dilana Robichaux.
Tracii Guns told Metal Sludge, "Dilana is the new singer for L.A. Guns after an incredible amount of scrutiny and mixed opinions the final straw was her audition where she completely took control of the environment by injecting a type of soul into these old new songs that I have never heard before. The first tune we jammed on was the Otis Redding classic These Arms Of Mine and even a very skeptical Jeremy (Guns) looked up at me and mouthed Holy Shit to me and I had the same feeling. Then we ran through One More Reason, Never Enough and of course The Ballad Of Jayne and it was an awakening of just how professional and soulful of a singer Dilana is. After getting responses from label Steve Vai, my agent and manager who are all really into a drastic positive change for L.A. Guns and myself, we all feel this is a ballsy and risky change that we all collectively feel good about. I expect there will be some changes in the live setlist and I hope we can get straight into writing mode ASAP and record some fresh Rock n Roll also ASAP. We hit the road starting in San Antonio Texas September 21st."
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dilana left her homeland and moved to The Netherlands to pursue her musical career. Her 2000 debut album Wonderfool scored five singles, four videos and a string of tours and festival gigs throughout the region. Eventually Dilana made her way to Los Angeles where she appeared on the 2006 reality TV show Rock Star Supernova. After 11 weeks Dilana was named runner-up to Lukas Rossi in the contest to find a vocalist for the supergroup featuring Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, and Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke. She would release her own album InsideOut in 2009 which featured appearances by No Doubt drummer Adrian Young and Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars.
L.A. Guns, consisting of Tracii Guns (guitar), Jeremy Guns (bass) and Doni Gray (drums), released the live album Acoustic Gypsy on September 27th through Steve Vai's Favored Nations label. Less than a week before the album's release Jizzy Pearl announced he was leaving the band by saying, "After an amazing two years in L.A. Guns I have decided to move on. This decision was not based on anger or animosity -- I have nothing but respect for Tracii and the guys. They can and will carry on better than ever."