LA Guns Reloaded Tour 2017: 17 March 2017 – Bristol Bierkeller

It’s been nearly 15 years since we last saw Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis together and now they have reunited for another exciting chapter in the partnership that began in 1986, four years after Guns formed L.A Guns.

With the promise of new material later in the year, the reunion, and the announcement of the ‘Reloaded’ tour, these are exciting times for L.A Guns fans.

Support act for the UK leg of the tour were Dublin based hard rockers Stone Trigger and joining them for the Bristol date, were local boys Kikamora who are starting to make big noises in the industry.

The Partnership of Lewis & Guns has spawned many a classic rock song from “No Mercy”, “Electric Gypsy”, “Sex Action”, “Bitch Is Back”, “The Ballad of Jayne” and countless other fan favourites.

The evening kicked off with local Boys Kikamora with their usual hard riffs, blistering Solos and powerful vocals cleverly intertwined with sexy bit of Sax in the hands of Frankie Povey joining then for the last song.

Next up were Stone Trigger who formed in Dublin in 2009 and are described as Ireland’s most exuberant live band. These ‘Glam N Sleaze’ rockers lived up to their reputation and warmed up the crowed suitably with their unique brand of stadium rock anthems and a metal cover of The Backstreet Boys 1999 hit “Larger Than Life” nonetheless.

The time is upon us and L.A Guns hit the stage. The crowd went wild as they opened with ‘Over The Edge’. As you would expect, all the classic ‘Guns numbers were on show with “Sex Action”, “Bitch is Back”, “One More Reason”, “Malaria”, “Kiss My Love Goodbye”, “Electric Gypsy” and “The Ballad of Jayne” all making an appearance.

L.A Guns played with passion and the musicianship was faultless. With Phil Lewis prancing around and looking remarkably like Alice Cooper, you could clearly see that these boys were thoroughly enjoying themselves on that stage.

Despite the ups and down of L.A Guns over the years, the old magic is definitely still there and if this show was anything to go by, the impending album, described by Guns as the heaviest yet, will be something to behold.

Words and photos by Richard Bolwell

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