L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns was interviewed on the October 16 edition of the “Heavy Metal Mayhem” radio show with Mike “The Big Cheese”. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
Dilana Robichaux, who is best known for her participation on the CBS reality show “Rock Star: Supernova”, recently joined the Tracii Guns-led version of L.A. GUNS as the band’s new lead singer.
Fan-filmed video footage of the revamped group’s first live performance, which took place this past Friday, October 21 at Backstage Live in San Antonio, Texas, can be seen below.
Guns previously stated about Dilana‘s addition to L.A. GUNS, “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, bass] 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 the label, 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 [as soon as possible] and record some fresh rock ‘n’ roll, also [as soon as possible].”
Tracii started L.A. GUNS while still in high school in 1982. The original singer, Michael Jagosz, was replaced by Axl Rose. Signed to PolyGram in ’87, the band’s self-titled debut, with Phil Lewis replacing Rose, sold over a million copies, as did “Cocked and Loaded” (1989) and “Hollywood Vampires” (1991).
Tracii Guns‘ L.A. GUNS is not to be confused with the Phil Lewis-led version of the group, which is also continuing to record and perform under the L.A. GUNS moniker.