L.A. Guns are an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1983. As of 2016, the lineup consists of Phil Lewis (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Steve Riley (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Kenny Kweens (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Michael Grant (lead guitar, backing vocals). The first incarnation of the group was formed by Tracii Guns in 1983 and merged with fellow Los Angeles group Hollywood Rose to form Guns N' Roses in 1984. In 1985. former Girl singer Phil Lewis and former W.A.S.P. drummer Steve Riley joined to complete the classic lineup of L.A. Guns.
LA Guns formation and Guns N' Roses links Hollywood Rose & Guns N' Roses. L.A. Guns were originally formed by guitarist Tracii Guns in 1983. The first lineup included singer Michael Jagosz before he was replaced by Axl Rose. 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 Tracii 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, 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.Beich was eventually replaced by Duff McKagan while Guns left the group (after a falling out with Rose]), being replaced by Slash. During this time, Gardner quit the group and was replaced by Steven Adler with this line-up becoming known as the classic lineup of Guns N' Roses
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On May 31, 2016, it was announced that Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns would perform together for the first time in 14 years under the name L.A. Guns' Phil Lewis + Tracii Guns for a handful of shows, including three shows in South America in July, Hair Nation Rock Fest in Irvine on September 17 and Rock N Skull Fest in Joliet, Illinois on October 27.
In September 2016, LA Weekly reported that Lewis and Guns plan to record a new album together under the L.A. Guns name for Frontiers Records, The album will be supported by a world tour, which will kick off with two shows at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood in March 2017. the band will hit the UK in March 2017 for special O2 Academy dates along with a selection of other key venues