“Requiem (Hollywood Forever)”, the new video from L.A. GUNS, can be seen below. The song comes off L.A. GUNS‘ new album, “Hollywood Forever”, which was released on June 5, 2012 via Cleopatra Records. The CD was recorded with legendary producer, and old friend, Andy Johns, who has previously worked with LED ZEPPELIN, THE ROLLING STONES, CINDERELLA and VAN HALEN, and who collaborated with L.A. GUNS on their last three albums.
L.A. GUNS spent a few days in Los Angeles shooting three videos to support the record. Videos for “Araña Negra” and “You Better Not Love Me” were also filmed. Videographer Jack Foster was behind the lens for the shoot 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 filmed in L.A.’s colorful Little Mexico and the landmark Hollywood Forever cemetery.
“Hollywood Forever” track listing:
01. Hollywood Forever
02. You Better Not Love Me
03. Sweet Mystery
04. Eel Pie
06. Requiem (Hollywood Forever)
07. I Won’t Play
08. Vine St. Shimmy
09. Araña Negra (originally recorded by THE BICICLETAS)
10. Gonna Take You Down
12. Underneath The Sun
13. Venus Bomb
14. Dirty Black Night
L.A. GUNS in December announced the addition of guitarist Frankie Wilsey to the group’s ranks.
Commented the band: “We first met [Frankie] back in 2007 when he was playing in Stephen Pearcy‘s band, ARCADE, on the Rock Never Stops tour. Frankie spent more time on our bus than his own, impressing us with hours of classic bootleg videos from the ’70s and ’80s. He was clearly a rock aficionado, truly a scholar and a gentleman.
“Frankie‘s been playing guitar since 1977. He formed his first band, HEAD ON, in San Francisco in ’81 and then went on to form the hometown Bay Area champions SEA HAGS in ’88. He moved to Los Angeles in the early ’90s, where he teamed up with Stephen Pearcy of RATT and Fred Coury of CINDERELLA to form ARCADE. In addition to lots of sessions in Los Angeles, Frankie recently toured with legendary singer John Waite and also had a residency in Las Vegas as Joe Perry in the definitive AEROSMITH tribute band AEROMYTH.
“Frankie joins [L.A. GUNS] with guns blazing, ready to tour the world and get involved in writing and recording new original material.”
Says Frankie: “I met Phil [Lewis, vocals] and Steve [Riley, drums] years ago, traveling down this road. Found out they’re blessed with classic-rock style and a road-warrior ethic that is rare in this weakling world of music.
“I have to say I think this is a very good matchup. Let’s hope the fans feel the same.”
Due to “extenuating circumstances and musical differences,” guitarist Stacey Blades announced his departure from L.A. GUNS in early December.
Blades played on four L.A. GUNS albums: “Rips The Covers Off” (2004), “Tales Trom The Strip” (2005), “Loud And Dangerous: Live From Hollywood” (2006) and “Hollywood Forever” (2012). He also authored a book, “Confessions Of A Replacement Rockstar”, which was published in 2009.