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Legendary Rockers L.A. Guns to Release “The Devil You Know” On March 29th, Unleash Video For “Stay Away”

Legendary Rockers L.A. Guns to Release “The Devil You Know” On March 29th, Unleash Video For “Stay Away”

Hot on the heels of the success of their last record, “The Missing Peace”, L.A. Guns is ready to attack again with the new album, “The Devil You Know”. The album is set for release March 29th via Frontiers Music Srl. Listen to the new single “Stay Away” below!

Sonically, “The Devil You Know” covers a lot of ground and incorporates influences from Black Sabbath to Led Zeppelin to Kyuss to The Hellacopters, all while distinctly sounding like L.A. Guns. The band is rejuvenated and inspired after relentless touring and are literally taking no prisoners.

Pre-order “The Devil You Know” on CD/LP/Digital here:

Signed LPs, Limited Edition Red Vinyl, Merch Bundles & More available from the band store HERE:

Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl available from Frontiers’ EU Shop HERE:

“After the success of ‘The Missing Peace’ a lot of people requested that the next record stay on track with the more metal side of the band’s music, which is my personal favorite side of the band,” says Tracii Guns. He continues, “I drew from my typical influences of NWOBHM [New Wave Of British Heavy Metal], while still not forgetting my earlier influences of the late ’60s and early ’70s . I wanted to lead with the track “Stay Away” because it’s a familiar L.A. Guns sound, but even a bit more metal. Something to get everyone’s palate wet.”

“Its loaded with attitude and most of it bad,” says vocalist Phil Lewis of the album’s lyrical content. You want a love song f*** off and listen to Journey. They say write about what you know, and lord knows we’ve all known some evil bitches and dudes that have gone out of their way to make life difficult for us. We say unanimously from the whole band f*** you, we’re going places you could only dream about. We know what it’s like to be put down, poked, ridiculed…but guess what, looks like we get the last laugh. This band has always been fueled by adrenaline and anger and this record is a glimpse inside the carnival of rage that dwells deep inside our collective souls. Not much sunshine and hold tight to your lollipop…this is gonna be a fast, loud, bumpy ride!”

L.A. GUNS are truly one of the great American hard rock bands of the last 30 years. Since their self-titled debut in 1988 to the widely praised 2017 comeback album “The Missing Peace”, L.A. GUNS, led by Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis have always delivered solid rock ‘n roll to their fans.

This current incarnation of the band has been touring non-stop and the cohesiveness of the unit, not to mention Phil’s stunning and unique vocals and Guns’ mind-bending guitar playing, are on full display here. A must hear and listen for all fans of the band, both new and old!

1. Rage
2. Stay Away
3. Loaded Bomb
4. The Devil You Know
5. Needle to the Bone
6. Going High
7. Gone Honey
8. Don’t Need to Win
9. Down That Hole
10. Another Season in Hell
11. Boom (Bonus Track – CD & Digital Only)

Philip Lewis – vocals
Tracii Guns – guitar
Johnny Martin – bass
Shane Fitzgibbon – drums
Ace Von Johnson – guitar

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L.A. GUNS To Release “Made in Milan” On March 23rd Via Frontiers Music Srl

L.A. GUNS To Release “Made in Milan” On March 23rd Via Frontiers Music Srl

After more than a decade apart, Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis reunited under the L.A. GUNS’ banner and in 2017, released arguably the most critically praised album of their catalog, “The Missing Peace”. Landing at #12 Top Record Label Independent Current Albums, #17 Top Current Rock Albums, and #47 Top Current Albums on the Billboard charts in the U.S., plus numerous international charts, clearly the most important critics, the fans, agreed with the consensus of how truly great their new studio album is.

With a new found energy and the enthusiasm of the then imminent release of “The Missing Peace”, L.A. Guns stormed onto the stage in Milan, IT for the 2017 edition of the Frontiers Rock Festival and took absolutely no prisoners, packing the set front to back with stone cold classics and soon to be classics.  This once in a lifetime performance was recorded and will be released on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray formats.  The album, which is aptly named “Made in Milan”, will be released March 23rd via Frontiers Music Srl.

Pre-order on CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, Vinyl & Digital HERE: http://radi.al/MadeInMilan

This current incarnation of the band has been touring non-stop and the cohesiveness of the unit, not to mention Phil’s stunning and unique vocals and Guns’ mind-bending guitar playing, are on full display here. A must hear and listen for all fans of the band, both new and old school!

Track Listing:

1. No Mercy
2. Electric Gypsy
3. Killing Machine
4. Bow Solo/Over The Edge
5. Sex Action
6. Speed
7. One More Reason
8. Kiss My Love Goodbye
9. Don’t Look At Me That Way
10. Malaria
11. Never Enough
12. Jelly Jam
13. The Ballad Of Jayne
14. Rip And Tear

1. No Mercy
2. Electric Gypsy
3. Killing Machine
4. Bow Solo/Over The Edge
5. The Bitch Is Back
6. Sex Action
7. Speed
8. One More Reason
9. Kiss My Love Goodbye
10. Don’t Look At Me That Way
11. Malaria
12. Never Enough
13. Jelly Jam
14. The Ballad Of Jayne
15. Rip And Tear

Phil Lewis – Vocals
Tracii Guns – Guitars
Johnny Martin – Bass
Michael Grant – Guitar
Shane Fitzgibbon – Drums

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L.A. Guns Release New Single “Christine” From Upcoming Album ‘The Missing Peace’

L.A. Guns Release New Single “Christine” From Upcoming Album ‘The Missing Peace’

Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis are back together as L.A. Guns with their first studio album in 15 years! “The Missing Peace” is set for release on October 13th via Frontiers Music Srl.Today the band released their new single “Christine,” which Tracii describes to Billboard Magazine as “The Perfect L.A. Guns style ballad.”  Check out the song HERE.

Listen to the track “Sticky Fingers” HERE.

Watch the video for the first single from the album “Speed”. HERE.

Order the album here http://radi.al/MissingPeace or at the links below:

Frontiers: http://www.frontiers.shop
Amazon: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceAmazon
iTunes: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceiTunes
Google Play: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceGooglePlay

Digital pre-orders come with an instant download of “Speed” “Sticky Fingers” and “Christine.”

Follow the band on Spotify: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceSpotify to be alerted when new singles from the album are released and to add “Speed,” “Sticky Fingers” and “Christine” to your favorite playlists.

As the revival of the classic ’80s hard rock and heavy metal scene continues unabated here in the 21st century, one reunion has been at the top of the wishlists of many a fan for a long time: the songwriting combination of Tracii Guns and Philip Lewis under the L.A. Guns banner. What once seemed like a distant memory with no hope of returning has now come around and fans are about to be rewarded for keeping their fingers crossed and their hopes up.

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L.A. Guns To Unleash “The Missing Peace” On October 13th Via Frontiers Music Srl

L.A. Guns To Unleash “The Missing Peace” On October 13th Via Frontiers Music Srl

As the revival of the classic ’80s hard rock and heavy metal scene continues unabated here in the 21st century, one reunion has been at the top of the wishlists of many a fan for a long time: the songwriting combination of Tracii Guns and Philip Lewis under the L.A. Guns banner. What once seemed like a distant memory with no hope of returning has now come around and fans are about to be rewarded for keeping their fingers crossed and their hopes up.

That’s right Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis are back together as L.A. Guns!Their new album “The Missing Peace” is set for release on October 13th via Frontiers Music Srl.  Today, the first video for the album’s debut single has been released.  Watch the video for “Speed”. which Tracii Guns describes as “A response to the extremely fast paced “I WANT IT NOW!” world we are living in,” HERE.  Hard rock aficionados should keep their ears opened for a nod to the great Deep Purple’s legendary track “Highway Star” in one of the verses.

Order the album here http://radi.al/MissingPeace or at the links below:

Frontiers: http://www.frontiers.shop
Amazon: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceAmazon
iTunes: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceiTunes
Google Play: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceGooglePlay

Digital pre-orders come with an instant download of “Speed”.

Follow the band on Spotify to be alerted when new singles from the album are released and to add “Speed” to your favorite playlists: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceSpotify

‘The Missing Peace’ is truly an album by definition. It’s a collection of music that I have been working on for about 12 years with various styles of rock music. From blues to classical influences, these are all hard-hitting songs. I am very proud of all of the contributions to this album by other members and writers. L.A. Guns fans are in for a treat,” says Tracii Guns.

L.A. Guns never looked like the pretty poster boys that so many of their peers did, but more the band that you would be terrified to bump into an alley as they would likely be carrying switchblades and ready for a fight. But despite having many a song to back up that image, they could also write powerful ballads (see the smash hit, “The Ballad Of Jayne” for Exhibit A of this argument) that showed there was some serious songwriting chops in the band. Said chops are fully on display on “The Missing Peace”, arguably one of the most vital and exciting releases in the band’s storied catalog.

The story of how we got from the band’s powerful early years to here has already been well documented, so no need to rehash it. What’s important to know and understand is that the driving force of all those classic L.A. Gunssongs, Tracii and Phil, are back and in a BIG way. Feeling inspired and excited like they did when they first started out, but with many years of wisdom and experience under their belts, “The Missing Peace” will surely please fans of the band’s classic albums (the self-titled debut, “Cocked And Loaded”, and “Hollywood Vampires”) as well as their widely heralded “comeback” albums (“Man In The Moon” and “Waking The Dead”). In fact, this album feels like the next logical step after the critically heralded “Waking The Dead” album and shows a band invigorated and ready to bash you over the head, as well as “wow” you with some epic, slower songs, proving you don’t always needs a semi-truck to run people over.

“The Missing Peace” Track Listing:
1. It’s All The Same To Me
2. Speed
3. A Drop Of Bleach
4. Sticky Fingers
5. Christine
6. Baby Gotta Fever
7. Kill It Or Die
8. Don’t Bring A Knife To A Gunfight
9. The Flood’s The Fault Of The Rain
10. The Devil Made Me Do It
11. The Missing Peace
12. Gave It All Away

Phil Lewis – Vocals
Tracii Guns – Guitars
Johnny Martin – Bass
Michael Grant – Guitar
Shane Fitzgibbon – Drums

7/21: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
7/23: Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
7/25: Joliet, IL @ The Forge
7/27: Hartford, CT @ Webster Hall
7/28: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Upstairs)
7/29: Garwood, NJ @ Crossroads
8/1: Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Iron Works
8/2: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
8/4: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s W/Jack Russell’s Great White and Junkyard
8/5: Warrendale, PA @ Jergel’s
8/6: Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory
8/8: Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s
8/9: Sioux Falls, SD @ Bigs Bar
8/11: Three Forks, MT @ Rockin The Rivers Music Festival
9/1: Litchfield, MN @ Meeker County Fair
9/2: Sioux City, IA @ Anthem @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
9/23: Lawnton, OK @ Comanche Nation Fair
9/30: Macul, Santiago, Chile @ Santiago Rock Festival
10/6: Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joe’s
10/7: Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
10/14: Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
10/27: Knoxville, TN @ The Open Chord
10/29: Pekin, IL @ Rock N Skull @ Avantis Dome
12/14: Houston, TX @ Proof Bar
12/31: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky W/Faster Pussycat

1/27: Anaheim, CA @ The Parish @ HOB Anaheim (Namm Event)
2/10: San Juan, Puerto Rico, @ Shannan’s W/Loudness
2/11-2/16: Miami, FL @ Monsters of Rock Cruise
2/16: Jacksonville, FL @ 80’s In the Park @ Lexington Hotel
2/17: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room

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Tales of A HardRock AllStar: Stacey Blades Discusses His Career And New Music!

Tales of A HardRock AllStar: Stacey Blades Discusses His Career And New Music!


Stacey Blades’ journey into the music industry began with much more humble beginnings than you may believe. Growing up surrounded by family members that were talented piano players, the Canadian born Blades seemed destined to become a talented piano player. That all changed one Christmas when his mother bought him a cheap acoustic guitar. From then on Blades’ life became the guitar. Influenced by the likes of Joe Perry, Jimmy Page, and Randy Rhoads, he eventually found himself replacing L.A. Guns’ legendary guitarist Tracii Guns. After spending a decade with the band, Blades found himself wanting to be more expressive with his guitar playing. This need to become a more progressive player eventually led to his departure from L.A. Guns last December. Never one to be complacent, Blades has emerged back into the limelight with involvement in the cell phone app Six String, as well as the rock software package Soundtrack Loops. If that isn’t enough Stacey Blades for you, then you will be happy to know he is also in the middle of developing new music with the highly talented Paul Christiana. Steve Johnson of Icon vs. Icon sat down with Blades to talk about his influences, his time with the legendary L.A. Guns, his new business ventures, and his new music with Paul Christiana.

Stacey Blades

Stacey Blades

As a musician that has had a lot of impact on countless musicians and others, I am curious how music first come into your life?

I was actually blessed from my musical family. I’m from a long line of piano players. My mother played, as well as my great uncle. He was like Liberace actually. He had the rings, and the flashy suits. He would come over every Sunday and sit on the piano for two hours. God, he was amazing. My sister had been paying for eight years in the royal conservatory. When I was nine my mom was like, “You’re taking piano lessons.” I was nine years old and I was like, “Ughhhhhh! I guess!” I’d go to lessons every week. I remember my first teacher. She had really creepy long thumbs. [laughs] Her place smelled like mothballs. I had this image burned into my brain. I would watch her do these scales and all I could focus on was these long creepy thumbs of hers and the smell of mothballs. So that was my first musical experience. [laughs] So I took lessons for two years, until I was eleven. My parents bought me a cheap acoustic guitar one year for Christmas. I remember picking it up and just wailing on that thing. It was cemented right at that moment.

Who are some of the musicians that influenced you?

I was fortunate because a lot of my friends had older brothers and sisters. This was in the seventies, which had all the great records. Zeppelin. Aerosmith. The Stones. The Cars. Cheap Trick. It was all of those great bands that I got sucked into. I took guitar lessons for about four or five years. I developed a really good ear as a kid taking piano. I would record music or listen to the radio with my guitar. I tried to learn songs and stuff like that. All of the seventies rock bands influenced me. Musically, as far as guitar players, it was definitely Joe Perry and Jimmy Page. The most influential guitar player to me was Randy Rhoads. When I heard those first two Ozzy albums, it just changed me. There was a connection to it that was almost chemical. He was definitely one of my biggest influences.

The music industry is an insanely hard path to follow. What initially drove you to make music your career?

It was the only thing I could really focus and concentrate on. I had a bit of a concentration disorder as a kid. That was the only thing that I seemed to really excel at. It was every kids dream. I was so focused on it. All of those nights standing in the mirror with my guitar. Being on stage with the screaming fans and the light blaring down on you. It’s funny what you project… I’m going to get deep here for a second… What you project into the universe and the universe will answer you in one way or another. I felt like I had a gift and I was meant to do this. My drive was really strong and it still is. I never really lost focus on what I wanted to do.

You were a member of LA Guns. What was it like to work alongside Phil and the other guys for so many years?

There was a good chemistry between us. The last year that kind of changed a little bit. I kind of starting burning out on that a little bit. That dynamic changed. You know, that happens with bands. Anytime you’ve been in a band for a decade or more, you’re going to have differences. You’re going to have different thoughts on where it should go. A lot of different stuff. It happens. That led to my departure, among other things. My guitar playing was going in a bit of a different direction. I kind of wanted to be a little more expressive and progressive with my playing. I think they wanted to go the opposite way and that started clashing a little bit.

Stacey Blades

Stacey Blades

What’s your most fond memory during your time with the band?

It’s crazy when I look back on the last twenty-two years. A lot of people know I was in a band called Roxx Gang, another late eighties metal band. Roxx Gang and LA Guns were two of my favorite late eighties rock bands and I was in both of them. Again, you go back to what you project into the universe. Joining the band… Replacing Tracii Guns was a big accomplishment for me. I was a big fan of the band. I think they are a fantastic band with a great catalog. We did some great records. ‘Tales From the Strip’ was fantastic. A lot of good shows and some great memories. I look back on that with some good memories and stuff like that. I’m really excited about what is going on with me now.

Since you left the band you’ve hooked up with Jason Donnelly and Soundtrack Loops. Tell us a little bit about that company and your involvement with that venture.

Jason was a friend of my neighbor’s and we got to talking. There’s this whole other world that exists that I really didn’t know much about. We started talking and he told me all of this stuff. I was like, “Wow! That sounds really cool!” He goes, “There’s not a lot of these rock software packages.” It was like this big huge lightbulb going off on the top of my head. I’m like, “There’s so much we can do with this.” We ended up tracking about twenty-two, two minute to a minute and forty second guitar pieces. We wanted to explore all of these different styles, as far as players. We went from Stevie Ray Vaughn, to William Setzer, to Van Halen, to George Lynch and Randy Rhoads. We also did some old Chicago delta blues, slide stuff. We did some really cool alternative tuning acoustic stuff, Jimmy Page type stuff. It was very rewarding for me musically, as a guitar player, to do these little pieces. What’s cool is when you can change the key. They have full rhythm patterns with drum and bass. You can change tempo and stuff like that. It’s a nice little software package with twenty-two of these pieces on it. It’s really cool. It went on the market a couple of weeks ago.

Were there any challenges to that type of work?

If you are going to do a said style of said player, you’ve got to be dead on. If you say, “This is Eric Johnson.” Which we did, or Ritchie Blackmore. There’s really no room for error. It was not so much a challenge, it was really exciting to spend the time to emulate that player’s sound, their style of freezing, and attack of certain scales. Just the whole kind of attitude of it. That was really kind of rewarding for me as a guitar player to showcase that as well. There was definitely a lot of work put into that, but we knocked them out really quick. It was an easy process. It was really cool. We’re going to do some more in the next couple of weeks to a month. It’s limitless. There are so many great guitar players over the course of the last thirty to forty years. There are so many different styles too. In the next batch we might do some Santana type stuff or some Nirvana and that grunge era. All the punk stuff. There are so many possibilities.


You also partnered with an app call Six String. How did you get involved with that and what’s the function of the app?

It a really cool app. You can network with hundreds of thousands of other guitar players. It allows you to make little posts of music you might be working on and gig information. You can share equipment and gear, or tips. It’s a guitar workshop so to speak. You can do three second posts with audio. They approached me about representing the company, which was very cool. Zakk Wylde is involved with it as well. They just started that app two or three months ago. It’s very well done.

You mentioned being to interact with other players. How has that interactive experience been for you?

You have to look at yourself like a sponge. I take that approach. I learn as much as I can. I’ve been playing the guitar for thirty-three years. People think I have seen it and done it all. You have to look at it like there is always so much more you can learn. I love discovering new players. There’s so much that you do learn and people think that you must know everything about everything because you’ve been playing so long. You’re constantly learning every day. There’s so much involvement with tone, and amps, and different guitars, and recording. It’s an incredible thing that is always changing.

You recently hooked back up with producer Andy Johns and are recording with Paul Christiana. How did you get involved with that project and how is that relationship working out?

Stacey Blades

Stacey Blades

I’m making some incredible music right now. Paul’s entertainment lawyer is a guy named Al Staehely, who was in the band Spirit in the early seventies. He’s known Andy for a very long time. Andy contacted me about six weeks ago or so and said, “I’ve got a session for you.” I started talking to Paul. Once we started recording and working on songs… This guy’s energy and his voice… He’s an incredible singer with so much soul in his voice. It’s kind of like a cross between Scott Weiland, Ian Astbury, and Morrison. It’s full of power. He’s a fantastic songwriter as well. The last batch of songs that we have been doing are just absolutely incredible. I’ve got to be in a band with this guy. It would be silly not to. These songs are just absolutely incredible. What’s exciting for me is that it’s different from anything I have ever done. I just did an interview earlier today and we were talking about it. I made a post on Facebook that said, “It’s the best songs that Stone Temple Pilots, Guns N’ Roses, and The Cult never wrote.” Really fantastic guitar tones and a different approach to songwriting with arrangements and vocal harmonies. We really spent a lot of time picking apart these new songs and taking a different approach. I’m totally on a creative high right now. It’s looking like it’s going to turn into a new band. Me and the original Bulletboys drummer played on the stuff. Great guy and great drummer. He brought a lot of great ideas to the songs and the arrangements. It’s really cool to be surrounded with that kind of creativity.

So you are actively involved with the songwriting alongside of Paul?

Oh yeah! Absolutely! Paul had a lot of finished ideas. The guy is like a ping pong ball. He’s constantly bouncing all over the place. You’ve have to kind of reel him in at times. There a song that we have. It’s an amazing song called This is My Rifle. He actually pulled a muscle during the first verse of him singing when we were laying down the lead vocal. That’s how much this guy was projecting. I was like, “That’s sweet!” [laughs] We were like, “I don’t think we’ve every heard of that! That’s a first!”

I mentioned Andy Johns and I know you’ve worked with him a lot in the past. What does a producer like Andy bring to the table?

Andy is all about sound. I kind of actually started co-producing with him a little on this project. There were a couple of days where Andy was a bit under the weather. I’ve been working with Andy for ten years and being around a producer like that you absorb how they approach things. How they see things from a different source while you’re tracking. Again, it’s like being that sponge. You try to absorb as much knowledge from the guy as you can. Let’s face it, he’s done over two hundred albums. The artists he produced alone… The guy’s a legend.

When can people get their hands on the music you’re putting together with Paul?

We’re just finishing mixes now. We’re going to shop the stuff. We’ve got a couple different entertainment lawyers. I do want to give people a little bit of a sneak peak. We’ll probably throw a couple of songs up on ReverbNation, to give a taste. I’m excited to see where this goes.

You are also involved with The HardRock Allstars. What lead to the formation of that band?

Stacey Blades

Stacey Blades

That Juan Croucier, the bass player from Ratt. He’s back in Ratt now. Jaime St. James and Pete Holmes from Black ‘N Blue. I ran into Juan at a party back in January. So we started talking. I’ve known Juan for quite a while. He called me and said, “I’ve got this thing I’d like you to be part of. We’re going to do songs from everybody’s retrospective band.” I said, “Ah, that could be a lot of fun.” It’s kind of a fun gig. It’s based around everybody’s schedule because Juan is back in Ratt and Jaime and Pete have Black ‘N Blue and another things they are doing. We do a gig every now and then. It’s really fun to play all of those old Ratt and Black ‘N Blue songs. So yeah, it’s very fun.

Do you guys have any shows coming up at all?

Yeah. We’re playing Second Wind in Santee, California, which is near San Diego. That’s our first show on the 20th. So we’re going to start rehearsing for that. I’m also doing some acoustic shows with Robert Mason. We’ve got some shows on the east coast starting at the end of April. I’ve been keeping very busy! [laughs]

Sounds like you’re damn busy!

Yeah! [laughs]

What do you attribute your longevity in the music industry to?

I kind of look at it like a shark. I keep swimming. If a shark stops swimming it will die. I’ve been at it for so long, to do something else seems out of phase for me right now. It’s a passion. I think you are born with that and skilled in it. It’s weird. This is the most I’ve been home in ten years. I’m enjoying it, but at the same time I’m getting that itch to get out on the road again. It’s just something I think that is inside of you. We all need a break every now and then. If you don’t get one you will end up in the nut house.

That goes for anything.

Of course.

Being in the industry as long as you have, are there still any surprises?

You’re constantly learning. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s the following statement. Work smarter, not harder. That’s one thing I’ve instilled in myself for this new year. Music is the most difunctional job in the world. There’s so many different people that you deal with. There’s promoter, and managers, and agents, and personalities of other band members. It’s really dysfunctional. It’s the same with a business. You’re constantly learning. Year after year you go, “I’m glad I learned that, or that happened, or I’ve gotten introduced to these people.” You’re always on your guard so to speak. There’s a lot of crooks out there. There’s a lot of shady people too. You always have to be one step ahead. It’s a constant learning experience.

You have had a lot of exciting moments in your career. Is there anything that you consider the defining moment of your career?

No man. I’ve obviously had a lot of things happen. Joining Roxx Gang. Replacing Tracii Guns in LA Guns. That was a huge accomplishment. I’ve had my autobiography published. I’ve played some amazing concerts. I’ve become friends with a lot of great musicians and very talented guys. There’s more in the future. I’m excited to see where my path is going. There are more exciting things to come. If you go, “I’ve had my fill,” you become linear. I’ve seen so many people become complacent. I want more. I want more success. I want to try this and that. I think that is what separates me from other artists. I’m constantly trying to become better and experience other things.

You have numerous years under your belt. Do you have any advice for someone that would like to get involved in the music industry?

Uh. That’s tough. Be prepared to sell your soul! [laughs] It’s a tough life. I’m not going to candy coat it. It’s not an easy thing to do. Any young musicians who want to do it, you have got to be prepared to sacrifice everything. You have to put everything else aside and focus on being the best player, songwriter, and performer. It’s unfortunate for new kids. It’s harder. Let’s face it, the music industry isn’t what it used to be. It has drastically changed in the last twenty-three years or so. Not to say that you can’t do what you want to do. It really comes down to how bad do you want it, and how passionate are you, and how much shit are you willing to eat to get where you want to go. You’ve got to eat a lot of shit. So, that’s my advice. [laughs]

That’s all I have for you. Is there anything else you want to add or let your fans know before I let you go?

I’m pretty active on the social end. I’ve got www.staceyblades.com. There’s my Facebook page www.facebook.com/Staceybladesmusicpage. My regular Facebook page www.facebook.com/Staceyblades.I’m also active on Twitter. That’s www.twitter.com/Stacey_Blades. So there’s the social media stuff, which unfortunately is a necessary evil. I keep up to date on a lot of things I am doing. I encourage the fans to stay in touch with me and watch for new and exciting things this year.

Well I’ll let you get back to your busy schedule. I’m sure you’ve got a hundred bands to play in. [laughs]

Actually I’ll be drinking some cold beer. It’s tough. [laughs]

We wish you all the best Stacey!

Thank you so much for talking to me Steve!

For an awesome read, check out Stacey Blades’ autobiography “Snake Eyes: Confessions of a Replacement Rockstar” – Click Here to buy it from Amazon.com!


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Stacey Blades Announces New Partnerships, Launches New Online Profiles

Stacey Blades Announces New Partnerships, Launches New Online Profiles

Stacey Blades

Stacey Blades

Since leaving L.A. Guns last December, guitarist Stacey Blades has been busy, partnering with music and tech companies, creating his own online community, and working on new music.

Stacey’s ten years with L.A. Guns cemented him as a must-watch guitar player, and his final record with the band, HOLLYWOOD FOREVER, earned him critical acclaim for his exceptional fretwork.  To that end, he was asked to work with Soundtrack Loops, a producer of loops, samples and synth patches for TV and film production.  Jason Donnelly, co-founder of the company, says, “”We’re tracking guitar riffs and solos in different keys, tempos, and genres. Stacey is extremely versatile. We just finished the first set and we’re psyched to announce them later this month.”

Stacey has also partnered with a great new app for the guitar community, SixString.  The app allows users to upload and showcase images, audio, video, and gig info while the community can applaud and comment on the posts.  “SixString is happy to be partnering with Stacey Blades to promote his new ventures via the app. As one of our first pro partners, along with Zakk Wylde, Pete Thorn and Gary Hoey, Stacey is interacting with fans of his guitar prowess and sharing content you won’t see on other fan pages.”  Grab the app for free and become a fan of Stacey at: www.sixstring.com.

In addition to becoming a go-to studio guitarist – he has reunited with legendary producer Andy Johns to record with a singer from New Orleans – and looking for some great new recording and live opportunities, Stacey will be playing live with Jaime St. James (Black ‘N Blue), Juan Croucier (RATT) and Pete Holmes (Black ‘N Blue) as The Hard Rock All Stars. “I’m looking forward to working with old friends and new, and now that I’m available to do that, I invite people to be in touch!” said Stacey.

In order to connect personally with the amazing fans that have supported him for some many years, Stacey has redesigned and relaunched his online profiles, and is inviting people to connect with him online to get all the news, and stay in touch.  His main website is www.staceyblades.com and the interactive Facebook fan page is facebook.com/staceybladesmusic

Stacey has been a rocking since childhood, but got his professional start with Roxx Gang in 1992. In eight years with the band, he recorded four albums, three videos, and one greatest hits album. He joined L.A. Guns in 2003, and for a decade, Stacey enmeshed himself in the band, becoming a greater addition with every album and every tour. From the amazing TALES FROM THE STRIP to 2012’s critically-acclaimed HOLLYWOOD FOREVER, Stacey showcased his well-honed brand of guitar playing and songwriting. With L.A. Guns, Stacey has shared the bill with Alice Cooper, the Scorpions, Dokken, Skid Row, and more. He’s been around the world, and on the bill of many prestigious music festivals including M3 (of which a live DVD of the show was released in January 2013.) In April of 2009, Stacey wrote and published a very revealing and often-humorous autobiography, “Snake Eyes–Confessions of a Replacement Rock Star.”The book received high marks from fans all over the world. In 2010, Stacey also released his first ever solo instrumental album, “Symphonic Slam.” It is a remarkable collection of rocked-out classical numbers by Strauss, Bach, Handel, Beethoven and more.

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Hollywood Forever: Steve Riley Discusses L.A. Guns’ Longevity And New Album!

Hollywood Forever: Steve Riley Discusses L.A. Guns’ Longevity And New Album!

L.A. Guns first exploded onto the scene in the early eighties and wasted no time carving their own niche into Los Angeles’ highly competitive music scene. Even to this day, the band’s name and musical legacy remain ingrained in the fabric of the Sunset Strip’s most notorious era. The members of this extraordinary band are living proof that some people listen to rock n’ roll and some have it coursing through their veins. Such is the case with legendary drummer Steve Riley. Through the years, Riley has provided the crushing backbeat to the band’s biggest hits and shows no signs of slowing down. As the band prepares to unleash one of it’s most ambitious studio albums to date, ‘Hollywood Forever,’ Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon sat down with the infamous drummer to discuss the new album, his thoughts on the band’s longevity, life on the road and much more!

The music you have been instrumental in creating over the years inspired many a talented musician. I was curious to learn how music first came into your life?

Steve Riley

I have been playing drums since I was 6 years old, so I have been playing drums for almost 50 years now! Ya know, I started playing drums even before I started playing rock ‘n’ roll. You can see I have been playing my whole life, since the early ‘60s. Some of my earliest memories are from the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five and all of them!

Who would you cite as the biggest influences on you as a drummer?

With drums, my biggest influences were guys like Buddy Rich, who is an incredible jazz drummer. In rock, biggest influences were all the guys from the ‘60s like Mitch Mitchell, Ginger Baker, Ringo Starr and Charlie Watts. They really were big influences on me.

Looking back on the early days of your career, did you think you would still be going strong all these years later?

You know what? I tell a lot of people when I started playing drums, I did it for enjoyment. Then I knew I could make a job out of it. I always wanted to be a working musician. Ya know, when I was young I was never really thinking, “I want to be a rock star!” All I ever wanted was to be able to play drums for a living. I am surprised because it is so hard to keep something going nowadays in music. I know so many good musicians who are out of work and I feel fortunate to still be doing it. I never thought I would able to do it this long and it looks like I will be doing it even longer! [laughs]

The landscape of the music industry changed so much during your career and your time with L.A. Guns. To what do you attribute your longevity, as well as the band’s, in this ever-changing industry?

I think it is because we keep writing and touring, ya know. I think a lot of bands stop doing that once they get a taste of the arenas and the big, big outdoor festivals. They seem to be really hesitant on going back to the place where it all started — the clubs, the larger clubs and the theaters. We never really hesitated when it came to that because we just like playing all of the time and I think that has helped us. We don’t just tour all the time, we also make sure we record. We just finished recording another new CD. We know it is a different climate when it comes to moving CDs in the marketplace and to get them heard but we are musicians and we really have to do it for our own soul. We have to keep writing music and keep fresh within ourselves. When we go out, we know we have to do a lot of the stuff that we did early in our careers and that’s OK, because we love doing it. We love recording as well and that is why try to put out a new CD every two or three years.

I was very excited to hear you were releasing a new album. What brought you all back together for this new album, “Hollywood Forever?”

L.A. Guns - 'Hollywood Forever'

Ya know, we are non-stop! We came off the road last year after a whole slew of dates which took us all over the United States, over to Australia, to Korea, over to Scandinavia and over to the UK. We did a ton of live dates last year and when we came off the road, we went right into a pre-production mode. We were really, really hot! We were playing great from playing live so much. It was the perfect thing for a band — going right from the road into the studio. Everyone was so fluid when playing and everyone was so tight! We went right into pre-production in late December. We worked right up until Christmas, then we took the holiday off and went right into the studio here in LA. We worked with Andy Johns again, who has produced our last four albums. He is the guy who has done all the Zeppelin stuff and The Stones. He just has a great track record! He is one of those old world masters! Like I said, this is our fourth album with him. We went right from the road, into the studio to make the album and now we are going to go right back out. We are off to Europe! We are non-stop, Jason! We just keep going! This is just what we do!

You guys are definitely dedicated! Has touring gotten any easier for you through the years or has it gotten more difficult? I mean, let’s face it, we aren’t gettin’ any younger! Is that something you still look forward to?

Yeah, we really do. We look forward to going out on the road and playing live but it hasn’t gotten any easier! In fact, it has gotten a little harder. You have to really get into a mode and really dig in. You can’t have any maintenance cases. I mean, you can’t have anyone complaining or saying, “Oh, I wish it was like this … ” We have all done the big bus tours, the plane tours and everything in between but now you really have to dig it. Now, we are flying into an area and doing three or four shows within a 200- or 300-mile radius and then we fly back to LA. We take a couple days off and then we are flying off to another area to do it again! That is how we are touring now, so it has gotten a lot more difficult but once you get into a mode and you workout to keep yourself healthy, you can do it. It’s easy.

What can fans expect sonically from “Hollywood Forever?”

We are with a label, Cleopatra Records, out here in LA. They are really, really behind the record and they have done a lot of work with the ‘80s bands out here. This is a little different because they know they are dealing with a band that tours a lot and will support the record. They are putting a big push behind it, which is great. But we also know the limitations behind it too. We aren’t hoping for too much. We are just hoping that fans will be able to get it easily at Best Buy or on the Internet, wherever Cleopatra Records sets it up, because all of the record stores are gone! We hope they see us out there. We have it on a big backdrop behind the band when we play live. We are gonna take it right to the people and the most you can hope is that you dent it a little bit. Ya know, we can’t hope for that big exposure because we are a classic rock band and you have to really go out there and work it. That is exactly what we are going to do! We did something different on this album. We did a rock song from an Argentinian rock band. We covered it — in Spanish! We are going to be sending that out to all of the Spanish language countries and we will tour over there too. It is kinda interesting and we are having some fun with it. I really think Cleopatra Records is going to get this out there and, with us out there, maybe we can make a little noise! That is all we are hoping for!

What can you tell us about your writing process for this album? Are you doing anything differently from past records?

L.A. Guns

It changed a little bit on this album but typically we go into pre-production, all four of us, and write the songs together. Some guys will bring in finished songs and but that is very rare. There are only three or four of those on the album, out of 14 or 15 songs. We all write together and there is a nice little system that we have of writing our music, giving it to Phil [Lewis] and letting him put a melody over it and some phrasing or lyrics. He brings it back in and we start tooling around with it. Then we bring it to Andy Johns and he finishes it a little bit and that’s it! It’s a nice, quick way to do it. We are recording old style too! When we go in, we aren’t spending months and months and months in the studio with a huge budget where you can sit back and take our time. We do it the old Sabbath way of doing it all in five or six weeks. It works out really well and there is a really great live feel on the album too. It’s very nice.

How did you come to choose “Hollywood Forever” for the title and what does it mean to you?

It is an interesting thing. Phil came up with that. He sorta comes up with all of the artistic sides of the band, where I handle more of the business side of things. He comes up with all of the ideas for the artwork, the naming of things and the titles. He came in and he said, “I really want to call the album ‘Hollywood Forever.’” It goes right across the board — L.A. Guns is Hollywood. This is where the band started and where we all live. We went through the entire ‘80s thing and we are still sticking around doing it! Hollywood and L.A. Guns go together man! If there is one Hollywood band, it has to be L.A. Guns!

Very true! It sounds like it would be safe to say you guys are in a pretty good place creatively and aren’t planning on calling it a day anytime soon!

Oh yeah, man! Like I said, going over the career and having played all these amazing places around the world, it has been terrific. We played nine European countries last year and we are doing eight more in the coming days. We will have covered all of Europe. We have a UK tour this year as well as the Scandinavian tour and there will be tons of U.S. dates, so we are in a very positive frame of mind. We are feeling good and the band sounds great! If someone is coming to see us live, they know they are going to get to hear their favorite songs. There are about nine songs that we have to do, starting from “Ballad of Jane” to “Rip and Tear” and on down the list! We have to do those songs live because the fans really want to hear them and we can pepper the rest of the set with some of our new stuff or add in a drum solo or a guitar solo or a jam. We are in a good frame of mind and it is exciting. We really hope everyone picks up “Hollywood Forever” because it is old school L.A. Guns and it is produced by one of the masters — it’s a really, really good package!

You have a lot of stuff going on for “Hollywood Forever.” I know you shot some videos as well.

Yeah, we did and we also shot an episode of “That Metal Show” with Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson for VH1 Classic. We have a whole thing on there where we talk about the band and everything that is going on with the band. It is probably going to air in late July. There aren’t a lot of outlets for the videos these days, so what we did is we went into this huge soundstage and shot videos. Two of them are from the album and then there is the Spanish song. That will be a whole package, the single and the Spanish song together, “Araña Negra.” That will be a package on its own but the other videos, they look and sound great. We are going to see what kind of outlets we can get them on. We didn’t spend a lot of money on them but they look live and fresh, really cool! Cleopatra Records is going to use their resources to get them on anywhere they can. Maybe we can get it on “Rockfest” on VH1 Classic or on “Palladia” on DirectTV. There aren’t a lot of outlets, like I said, but I know they are going to try to get them up where they can. And after a while, they will be posted up on YouTube so that everyone can see them!

You’ve seen the music industry change so much through the years. What advice would you give someone who wants to pursue a career in the music industry in this current climate?

Steve Riley of L.A. Guns

Ya know, Jason. I really feel for them because those big machines out there, the labels and the record stores have changed everything. Everything is more difficult. The one good thing for all of these new bands is the Internet. They can get their music out immediately! They can put their own songs up on iTunes and put their videos up on YouTube. Those are really great tools that we didn’t have back then. We had to rely on the record companies. To get signed to a major label right now is very difficult. I would say to a new band: Go to an independent record label. Don’t even try the majors because they are almost untouchable right now. The major labels are really limited right now too, as they are sticking with what they know and what is proven. You should visit some of these smaller labels and start out smaller to get something out there. It’s a whole changed scene today, the signing of bands, getting them on tours and what have you. It is something where you really have to dig in and really want it right now.

For as long as you have been doing it, it is really cool to see you guys out there still enjoying it and making it happen! I catch you guys live whenever I can and you definitely bring it! Thanks for that!

Thank you! I really appreciate it! Yeah, I kinda have a nice little thing going so far with my career. I started recording in the ‘70s, 1975 on Epic Records with a band out of Chicago. I got to tour in Steppenwolf, Keel, W.A.S.P. and now in L.A. Guns. I have been really fortunate but it wasn’t me sitting on my ass either! It was really me putting myself into the situations and not waiting for it to come to me. I had to make sure that I was there, in a situation to meet people. Even in between W.A.S.P. and L.A. Guns, I made sure I was at a rehearsal studio where you know you are going to bounce into people. I am really fortunate I have gotten to do so much! Phil and I will probably go into our 60s and late 70s doing L.A. Guns and touring! We are all for it and we are really digging it!

We covered a lot here, Steve. Anything else you want to add or tell your fans around the world?

I hope fans get a chance to come out and see L.A. Guns with Phil Lewis and Steve Riley! I said it before but the band sounds so good right now! You will definitely get to hear your favorite songs because we play a long set! I really want everyone to check out “Hollywood Forever” because it is something we are really proud of. It sounds great! I told ya, we have one of the best producers in the world and I think they will be really, really surprised by the old school L.A. Guns sound. It’s really, really crisp!

I am looking forward to it, Steve! And we can’t wait for people to get their hands on this record! Thanks for letting us help spread the word!

Thank you, Jason! Have a great day, man!

For all the latest news and tour dates for L.A. Guns, visit the official website at www.laguns.net!

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L.A. Guns Reveal Tracklisting And Set Release Date For ‘Hollywood Forever’

L.A. Guns Reveal Tracklisting And Set Release Date For ‘Hollywood Forever’


L.A. Guns

While finishing touches are being put on their summer-release studio album, HOLLYWOOD FOREVER, L.A. Guns spent a few days in Los Angeles shooting three videos to support the record, and are releasing “You Better Not Love Me” online next week.

With videographer Jack Foster behind the lens, the band shot indoor scenes at the legendary Circus Disco in Hollywood.  With an LED logo in the background, the band meshed theatrics with its expected rock energy on the big stage.  Later, additional scenes were shot in L.A.’s colorful Little Mexico and the landmark Hollywood Forever cemetery.  Videos for “Requiem (Hollywood Forever),” and “Aranga Nigre” were also shot.  Said Stacey Blades, “It was a blast hammin’ it up in a big venue and stage for the cameras.  We are so excited about the new album coming out and videos to boot. 2012 is the year of L.A.GUNS!”

Also announced this week is the final track list for HOLLYWOOD FOREVER.  The album, which is the fourth L.A. Guns record produced by Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Van Halen), will drop June 5.

Track List:

Hollywood Forever

You Better Not Love Me

Sweet Mystery

Eel Pie


Requiem (Hollywood Forever)

I Won’t Play

Vine St. Shimmy

Arana Negra (originally recorded by The Bicicletas)

Gonna Take You Down


Underneath The Sun

Venus Bomb

Dirty Black Night


Additionally, L.A. Guns is taping an exclusive interview with That Metal Show on March 17.  They’ll discuss moving above and beyond past conflicts and the exciting events of 2012, including the album and upcoming tour.  The episode will air May 19.

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Tracii Guns’ L.A. Guns To Record ‘Acoustic Gypsy Live’ In February 2011

Tracii Guns’ L.A. Guns To Record ‘Acoustic Gypsy Live’ In February 2011

L.A. Guns – the Tracii Guns version of L.A. Guns, that is – will record an acoustic live album at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, California, on February 19.

The album, to be called Acoustic Gypsy Live, will feature acoustic versions of the band’s hits as well as two new songs. Original L.A. Guns guitarist Mick Cripps will join the band on stage for some tracks.

Tracii Guns’ lineup of L.A. Guns features vocalist Jizzy Pearl (Love/Hate, RATT), who in addition to having a powerful hard rock voice is known for crucifying himself on the Hollywood sign in a promotional stunt. Pearl also sang on L.A. Guns’ 1999 album Shrinking Violet, following the breakup of Love/Hate earlier that year.

Another version of L.A. Guns, featuring original vocalist Phil Lewis, continues to tour, logging dozens of dates in 2010 and continuing into 2011.

Source: Gibson.com

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