L.A. GUNS – Made In Milan (2018)
It finally happened: after more than ten years of dispute and chit-chat, guitarist Tracii Guns and vocalist Phil Lewis reunited in 2016 under the L.A. GUNS banner again and released the band’s comeback album The Missing Peace. The energized L.A. GUNS then performed at the Frontiers Rock Festival last year and the show is now being released tomorrow by Frontiers Music under the title “Made In Milan“.
Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns have a definite ‘something special’ factor, and it’s sacrilege the two have been separated for so many years. Last year’s new studio album The Missing Peace was the best L.A. 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 L.A. Guns fans, this is 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 L.A. Guns records from the late 80s /early 90s, but throws in a handful of unexpected surprises, including some crazy solos and wel-done medleys.
The band was on fire that night, and it is impossible to resist these sharp and kick-ass live renditions of “Electric Gypsy”, “Killing Machine”, “Sex Action”, “Speed”, and “Malaria”.
Of course you also get “The Ballad Of Jayne” for a great slower moment to break up the set and make you wish people held up lighters still instead of cell phones. Tracii is positively a maniac on this, giving one of the best performances of the dude’s career.
The duo that defined L.A. Guns in their classic years is back again, with a strong performance over a very well select setlist. Tracii proves why he’s one of the go-to guys for guitar, and Lewis’ voice is as raspy as ever, giving these songs the soul and the energy that they require.
Harder than on record and with a rough attitude, the Americans are rocking like hell on these fourteen tracks. Everything fully live without a net as shown by one or two little flaws in “Kiss My Love Goodbye“, but this is a fantastic live release that will give the fans what they want.
A true, authentic, hot live recording.
01. No Mercy
02. Electric Gypsy
03. Killing Machine
04. Bow Solo / Over the Edge
05. The Bitch Is Back
06. Sex Action
08. One More Reason
09. Kiss My Love Goodbye
10. Don’t Look At Me That Way
12. Never Enough
13. Jelly Jam
14. The Ballad of Jayne
15. Rip and Tear
Phil Lewis – vocals
Tracii Guns – guitar
Michael Grant – guitar
Johnny Martin – bass
Shane Fitzgibbon – drums