L.A. Guns

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L.A. Guns were first formed in 1983 by guitarist Tracii Guns. The first lineup included singer Michael Jagosz bassist Ole Beich and drummer Rob Gardner. This lineup recorded the band’s debut EP, Collector’s Edition No. 1, before Jagosz was replaced by Axl Rose. Originally released on vinyl, the record was produced and engineered by Blues/Rock guitarist Chuck Rosa and came out on Raz Records (an independent Hollywood based record label, named after the band’s manager, Raz Cue). The same material would later be released as a bonus disc with the compilation album Hollywood Raw in 2004. Rose would leave the group to front Rapidfire before going on to form Hollywood Rose, a group formed following the introduction of guitarists Izzy Stradlin and Chris Weber to each other by Guns.

Following the breakup of Hollywood Rose, in 1984, singer Rose rejoined L.A. Guns. However, Hollywood Rose reunited, briefly, with Rose, Stradlin, Weber and Steve Darrow returning while L.A. Guns drummer Gardner also joined the group. Weber, who left to move to New York City, was soon replaced by Tracii Guns. The group changed their name to Guns N’ Roses (combining the names of L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose) with the lineup composed of Axl Rose, Tracii Guns, Izzy Stradlin, Ole Beich and Rob Gardner.

Later, in 1985, Guns and singer Paul Black reformed L.A. Guns with Mick Cripps and Nickey Alexander. Robert Stoddard, former The Dogs D’Amour singer, briefly became guitarist for the group, co-writing the song “Nothing to Lose” that appeared on L.A. Guns debut album. Initially, the group were to be called Faster Pussycat (later the name of another band; several of that band’s members over the years were also in L.A. Guns) but soon re-adopted the L.A. Guns moniker. After writing material and playing shows, the group signed with PolyGram. Black was soon replaced by former Girl singer Phil Lewis while Kelly Nickels (formerly of Faster Pussycat) was added to the lineup… (from Wikipedia)
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hair band

Phil Lewis, lead vocals
Tracii Guns, lead guitar
Mick Cripps, rhythm guitar
Kelly Nickels, bass
Steve Riley, drums

hair albums

L.A. Guns (1988)
Cocked & Loaded (1989)
  The Ballad of Jayne #33
Hollywood Vampires (1991)
Cuts EP (1992)
Vicious Circle (1994)

post-hair albums

American Hardcore (1996)
Hollywood Rehearsal (1997)
Wasted EP (1998)
Shrinking Violet (1999)
Greatest Hits and Black Beauties (1999)
Live: A Night on the Strip (2000)
Black City Breakdown (1985–1986) (2000)
Cocked & Re-Loaded (2000)
Man in the Moon (2001)
Waking the Dead (2002)
Ultimate L.A. Guns (2002)
Rips the Covers Off (2004)
Hollywood Raw: The Original Sessions (2004)
Tales from the Strip (2005)
Loud and Dangerous: Live from Hollywood (2006)
Hellraiser’s Ball: Caught in the Act (2008)
Covered in Guns (2010)
Acoustic Gypsy Live (2011)
Hollywood Forever (2012)
The Missing Peace (2017)

live shows

Live in Tokyo 1988