L.A. Guns was initially formed in Los Angeles, in 1983, by a guitarist named Tracii Guns.
The original vocalist for the band was Axl Rose. In 1985, L.A.
Guns merged with a band called Hollywood Rose, to form the band Guns and Roses.
It wasn't long before tensions caused a split. Traci Guns
re-formed L.A. Guns and of course you know the Guns and Roses story.
L.A. Guns released
self-titled album in 1988,
which charted at 50 on the Billboard Top 200. Many of you will
remember the song "Electric Gypsy" from this album. L.A. Guns met
with greater commercial success with the 1989 platinum release,
Cocked and Loaded,
an album that included the hit song "The
Ballad of Jayne." This album charted at 38 on the
Billboard Top 200. During their heyday, Phil Lewis was the
vocalist for the band. Post 1980's, L.A. Guns has had an
interesting history. After a few reunions, Tracii Guns left the
band in 2002. The drummer of the band, Steve Riley, held a 50%
legal stake in the name "L.A. Guns", thus two versions of the band
emerged. The Steve Riley/Phil Lewis version, and the Tracii Guns
version with original members Nickey Alexander (original drummer) and
Paul Black (original vocalist). At the time of this writing, the
L.A. Guns Discography was as follows:1988: L.A. Guns
1989: Cocked & Loaded
1991: Hollywood Vampires
1994: Vicious Circle
1996: American Hardcore
1998: Wasted EP
1999: Shrinking violet
2001: Man in the Moon
2002: Waking the Dead
2011: Acoustic Gypsy Live