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“Loud and Dangerous” by L.A. Guns

Artist: L.A. Guns
Title: “Loud And Dangerous”
Label: Shrapnel Records
Release Date: 9/19/2006
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 3/5

The L.A. Guns would be one of the lucky ones when it came to the “Hair Metal” scene of Hollywood in the 1980’s for here we are in 2006 and still able to enjoy a live release composed of songs that sound just as good today as they did when they were first created. Originally formed by Tracii Guns, the band referred to as the “Hollywood Vampires” always managed to have more than a handful of great tracks to dish out and perhaps this is the reason for their longevity on a scene that has changed very drastically since the band first appeared. Their newest live recording plays like an in your face “Best Of” collection and truly when the band does not have endless releases of this type it should focus on your best material rather than too much in the way of new songs that people might not be too aware of. It’s often best that they touch upon the new music rather than to concentrate on it exclusively. Over the years I have seen the band on numerous occasions and the thing that I always remember about them is the energy and electricity that they broadcast during a set. Lead singer Phil Lewis and drummer Steven Riley are the only ones that remain from the original group and are now joined by Adam Hamilton (bass) and Stacey Blades (guitar) but when it comes to sounding like the old days there is little doubt that the fire still exists as a result of the new member participation.
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Dokken @ Starland Ballroom (7/9/2004)

Logo - Dokken

Artist: Dokken
Venue: Starland Ballroom (Sayreville, NJ)
Opener: L.A. Guns
Label: Sanctuary Records
Date: 7/9/2004

I admit I was excited about this show for a couple of reasons. The first was the chance to see two great bands on the same bill; the second was the chance to be at Starland Ballroom once again. Combined with attending with some good buds, how could one go wrong with all these factors?

LA Guns hit the stage with a great set of some of their best numbers. Phil was in great vocal form and Guns Vet Steve Riley was as smooth as ever on the drums. No other originals remain and the band is instead joined by Roxx Gang’s Stacey Blaze and Adam Hamilton. Phil also took some time on the guitar. Phil was clearly enjoying himself as he kept prompting the NY/NJ audience to yell “fuck yeah”. He stressed how great it was to be on tour and to see everyone’s warm reception. Their set was too short if you ask me. While I enjoy drum solos, I feel Steve should not have done one and instead performed a few more tunes. I look forward to seeing a longer set from them in the future.
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