Phil Lewis says work with Tracii Guns on new LA Guns album is going well and that fans will be “knocked out by it”



The two founding members of the band reunited last year for a handful of live shows, ending years of dispute over the outfit’s name, which at one point saw Lewis perform with his version of LA Guns and Guns the other.


And since their reconciliation, the pair have been working on new material together – and Lewis can’t wait for people to hear it.


He tells Westword: “It’s going really good. Tracii and I are getting along really well now. We’re both really focused on the same goals. We’re working on new songs.


“It sounds amazing – I’m not exaggerating. It’s so slick, and every song is so well-crafted. Big choruses. It’s really interesting, and I think people are going to be knocked out by it.


“We’re gonna release it on CD and digital, of course, but we’re gonna put it put on vinyl. We have enough to put it out on double vinyl gatefold.”


They’ve been playing under the LA Guns’ Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns banner, but Lewis hopes that will be shortened in the near future.


He explains: “It’s just to let people absolutely know without a shadow of a doubt exactly what they’re getting. Hopefully, after six months to a year, we can just go back to calling it LA Guns.


“Right now, it’s a big deal. We haven’t played together in 15 years. Time does fly – I’m 60. When I was 30, I thought I was so fucking old. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Six months later, I joined LA Guns.


“I’m not gonna let numbers dictate. You’re supposed to act a certain way at a certain time. I’ve been lucky health-wise, so I keep doing it.”


Lewis and Guns are working with drummer Shane Fitzgibbon, bassist Johnny Martin and guitarist Michael Grant.


The band hope to release the new album this summer.

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“Viva La Pole Show is going LIVE!


A live band pole dance experience featuring over 30 pole dancers from across the country performing to live music by Nine Inch Nails cover band Now I’m Nothing, Marilyn Manson cover band Misery Machine, and Korn cover band Freak on a Leash. Special international headliners to be announced!”












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Blondie Release Galactic Video for New Song ‘Fun’

Blondie have released a new music video for their track “Fun”. The song is the first single from their upcoming album Pollinator, which is scheduled for release May 5


Directed by Beyonce collaborator Dikyal Rimmasch, the clip lives up to the song’s title, featuring the band in a space ship, wandering another planet and animated footage of galactic travel contrasted with performance shots and images of people partying on the dance floor.


Guitarist Chris Stein said the interstellar theme was an effort to escape the stress and turmoil of modern day events. ‘Quoting Emma Goldman, ‘If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution.’ In these trying times we need some fun. We’re very serious about fun,” he told NME.


“The video was shot in two places,” he added. “The color stuff was all shot in LA without us and the black and white stuff was shot in New York. It’s got some good cameos–it’s got a pretty big cameo from Raja, who’s one of the Drag Race superstars, and little cameos from Grace McKagan, Duff McKagan’s daughter who has a band called The Pink Slips, and also Tony Maserati, who was a producer and mixer for us.”

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Frank DiMino:
February 19 – Ventura Theatre Ventura, CA
March 3 – The Token Lounge Westland, MI w/ ULI JON ROTH, GRAHAM BONNET
March 4 – Arcada Theatre St. Charles IL w/ ULI JON ROTH, GRAHAM BONNET

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The Jesus And Mary Chain Stream New Song ‘Always Sad’

The Jesus And Mary Chain have released a stream of their new track “Always Sad.” The song comes from the group’s forthcoming album “Damage and Joy”.


The new studio album, the group’s first in 18 years, is set to be released on March 24th. The new track follows the release of the song “Amputation,” late last year.


We were sent the following background details on the new record: Fronted by the Reid brothers Jim and William, The Jesus And Mary Chain first reformed to play the Coachella festival back in 2007. Despite regular touring – most notably a 2015 world tour which revisited their landmark album ‘Psychocandy’ – it took some time before they could agree on a plan to record a much-mooted seventh album.


Work on ‘Damage and Joy’ (a reference to the English translation of schadenfreude) began in September 2015, with producer Youth also contributing bass and diplomacy to proceedings during sessions in London, Dublin and Granada, Spain. Alan McGee first confirmed that a new JAMC album was on the way by telling Canada’s CBC Music: “They’ve made another album! It’s a big deal! It’s kinda enormous.”


The album commences with “Amputation,” in which waves of distorted guitar and Jim’s insouciant vocal delivery collide to create a hypnotic track which addresses his feelings of “being edited out of the whole music business… I felt like a rock ‘n’ roll amputation.”


Other highlights include a refined and re-energised new version of “All Things Must Pass” which previously featured in the TV show ‘Heroes’ and then on ‘Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain’; and the raw garage-rock of “Facing Up To The Facts” which offers the revealing lyric: “I hate my brother and he hates me / That’s the way it’s supposed to be”.


The album also features performances from the band’s touring drummer Brian Young as well as former Lush bassist Phil King. ‘Damage and Joy’ will be released on digital, CD, vinyl and Cassette formats, and pre-orders are currently open. All pre-orders receive an immediate download of “Amputation” and “Always Sad.”


1. Amputation
2. War On Peace
3. All Things Pass
4. Always Sad
5. Songs For A Secret
6. The Two Of Us
7. Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)
8. Mood Rider
9. Presedici (Et Chapaquiditch)
10. Get On Home
11. Facing Up To The Facts
12. Simian Split
13. Black And Blues
14. Can’t Stop The Rock

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