• Mon. Apr 15th, 2024

LA Guns Made in Milan – Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis Reunite on the Live Stage!

Last year, big news in the rock and roll world was made when LA Guns finally reunited longtime vocalist Phil Lewis with classic guitarist Tracii Guns (who had been running his own version of the band for several years, but stopped doing so a few years back). The classic LA Guns duo teamed up with Michael Grant, Shane Fitzgibbon, and Johnny Martin, for one of the strongest band lineups in years. Made in Milan was recorded last year during the band’s world tour. If you’re here, you want the answer to the most important question of all – is this live album any good?

Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns have a definite chemistry, and it’s sacrilege and the two have been separated for so many years. Last year’s new studio album, The Missing Peace, was the best LA Guns album in years, and showed just how much music-making prowess these guys still have, be it in the studio or on the live stage. Made in Milan lives up to the hype; these live recordings kill it from start to finish. If you’re at all an LA Guns fans, this is going to be a must own.

 

 

Too many artists have dwindled over the years, but Lewis and Guns are one of those legendary duos that transcend time. The youthful, Sunset Strip atmosphere and energy have been infused into the band once more, and there is no denying that the twosome, along with the other players on the record, have a great chemistry. They make this a live concert for the ages. It’s not a boring nostalgia trip with two guys well past their prime; it’s the real deal.

The setlist mostly emphasizes the classic three LA Guns records from the late 80s/early 90s, but throws in a handful of unexpected surprises, including some crazy solos and unexpected medleys. There are even a handful of cuts from the band’s latest studio album. It’s a fantastic live release that will give the fans what they want.

The duo that defined LA Guns in their classic years is back again, with a strong performance in an exotic, worldly destination. Guns proves why he’s one of the go-to guys for guitar, and Lewis’ voice is as strong as ever, giving these songs the soul and the energy that they require. Fans are bound to nitpick the setlist a little, but I doubt anyone will be disappointed with the end result. A highly recommended release.

 

NOTE: This album was recorded prior to the group parting ways with second guitarist Michael Grant.

By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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