Guns are an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1983. As of 2014, the lineup consists of Phil Lewis, Steve Riley, Kenny Kweens, 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, the group was reformed by Guns and singer Paul Black adding Mick Cripps, Black would soon be replaced by former Girl singer Phil Lewis while former Faster Pussycat bassist Kelly Nickels was added to the group. Later, Alexander would be replaced by former W. A. S. P, drummer Steve Riley with this being known as the classic lineup of L. A. Guns. They achieved moderate success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, the group went through lineup changes and failed to regain mainstream attention. The classic lineup of the group would reunite in 1999 and began recording new material, however, the group continued to change lineups and Guns eventually left to form the hard rock supergroup Brides of Destruction with Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe in 2002. Guns continued without Guns, bringing in guitarist Stacey Blades, however, following his decision to put Brides of Destruction on hiatus in 2006, the groups lineup consisted of former L. A. Guns members Black, Alexander as well as Jeremy Guns, with the group eventually changing their name to L. A. Guns, both groups continued to record and tour under the L. A. Guns moniker until 2012, when the Tracii Guns led version of the group disbanded, Guns has released ten studio albums – L. A. 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 bands debut EP, Collectors 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, 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, following the breakup of Hollywood Rose, in 1984, singer Rose rejoined L. A. Guns. However, Hollywood Rose reunited, briefly, with Rose, Stradlin, Weber, Guns drummer Gardner also joined the group. Weber, who left to move to New York City, was replaced by Tracii Guns. The group changed their name to Guns N Roses with the lineup composed of Axl Rose, Tracii Guns, Izzy Stradlin, Ole Beich, Beich was eventually replaced by Duff McKagan while Guns left the group, being replaced by Slash. McKagan went on to book shows taking place between Sacramento and Seattle, which was dubbed The Hell Tour, 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
Image: LA Guns 2015
Phil Lewis' L.A.Guns Cube 2010
Stacey Blades with L.A. Guns in 2008.
Former singer Marty Casey performing with L.A. Guns in 2008.