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L.A. GUNS Hits Sturgis 2017

Vintage Loving Riding Rockers--Speed, the word of the day

By DMAC - with Photos By Rogue

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Speed, the word of the day – Thursday, August 10th, 2017, Sturgis, SD.

You never know what’s gonna show up in Sturgis, or should I say who, is gonna roll on through the rally, especially on Thursday, August 10th, which was the “Sons of Speed” race held at the Pappy Hoel Campground Racetrack, across the field, from the Full Throttle Saloon. 

After parking Onxx and Dirty Girl, Rogue and I headed out to meet Chris Doyle, who was passing through Sturgis with the L.A. Guns Band, finishing up the last leg of their August tour – heading from Sioux Falls to Three Forks, MT. The boys had a day off, and where better else to spend it then in Sturgis – sure beats a truck stop!

Tucked away at the side of the main stage at the Full Throttle, sat a jet black RV, with a Whizzer (motorized bicycle) parked out by the door. We definitely knew this wasn’t an entry into the Sons of Speed race! But it did belong to Phil Lewis, lead vocalist from the LA Guns, who is definitely familiar with speed and horses (both, iron and power). 

Same goes for master shredder, guitarist Tracii Guns. These two haven’t played together in 15 years, and recently regrouped to breathe life back into L.A. Guns . They brought in Johnny Martin on Bass, Michael Grant on Guitar, and Shane Fitzgibbon on Drums to solidify their line-up. 

And rock on to a masterpiece they did, as their new album, “THE MISSING PEACE," hits the shelves on October 13, 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Tracii added that “this new album is High-energy adrenaline, preserving Classic Rock at it’s finest!“ The album has a very modern '70s vibe and they credit Deep Purple as an influence. Their first single, Speed, has been picked up by NASCAR and will be debuted at the Talladega Races in October. This song definitely kicks ass and takes it full throttle – check it out here:

“Speed” - (Official Music Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxzNSEyQfAw&feature=youtu.be

Throughout the years, Tracii and Phil both have foraged into the biker world and have taken part in Charity Rides and other events while on and off tour. They both have a preference for vintage, in both metal and iron. They have played at Bike Week in Daytona, Sturgis and other events around the country. Phil reminisced that when he first moved to LA, he only had motorcycles for 3 years. After he started generating revenue in the rock and roll world, he went out and bought a Sportster, and vivdly remembers riding it across the Golden Gate Bridge sometime in 1989. Phil, in his off time, likes to ride dirt bikes on the desert trails close to his home. The Whizzer is a happy “road alternative” for him when traveling – and he’s added on 400 miles on it since Memphis. It travels easy, and is quick and easy to repair – not the same as previous motorcycles that he brought on the road that got damaged by transport and band equipment/cases. 

Tracii, on the flip side, has a wish list started that includes a Ural Side car, so he can spend more time with his son, in the wind. Tracii recalled his ’76 FXE, one of his favorites, and an old Triumph TR-7 in his collection. 

Vintage is big to the band as well, and they have opted to release, “The Missing Peace," on Double Gate Vinyl! Yes, Vinyl. Seems this is a new trend with bands – bringing back the “old fashioned” album (that we all listened to back in the day)! 

L.A. Guns is well known for a variety of hard, classic rock varying between three minute “fast” songs and 10 minute instrumental odysseys. Their energy and vibe with the new songs and album get you right off the line, and, well, that damn speed – you know how it is……”.A little speed’ll make you want a little more!”

You can get more: “Speed” and “Sticky Fingers” are available now. 

Pre-order here: http://radi.al/MissingPeace
• Frontiers: http://www.frontiers.shop (LTD. Gatefold 2 Black Vinyl/180 Gram available)
• iTunes: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceiTunes
• Amazon: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceAmazon
• Google Play: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceGooglePlay
• Spotify: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceSpotify

L.A. Guns Official website: https://www.lagunsmusic.com

Phil Lewis – Vocals
Tracii Guns – Guitars
Johnny Martin – Bass
Michael Grant – Guitar
Shane Fitzgibbon – Drums


9/1: Litchfield, MN @ Meeker County Fair
9/2: Sioux City, IA @ Anthem @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
9/23: Lawnton, OK @ Comanche Nation Fair
9/30: Macul, Santiago, Chile @ Santiago Rock Festival
10/6: Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joe’s
10/7: Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
10/14: Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
10/27: Knoxville, TN @ The Open Chord
10/29: Pekin, IL @ Rock N Skull @ Avantis Dome
12/14: Houston, TX @ Proof Bar
12/31: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky W/Faster Pussycat
1/27: Anaheim, CA @ The Parish @ HOB Anaheim (Namm Event)
2/10: San Juan, Puerto Rico, @ Shannan’s W/Loudness
2/11-2/16: Miami, FL @ Monsters of Rock Cruise
2/16: Jacksonville, FL @ 80’s In the Park @ Lexington Hotel
2/17: Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room

For More Info Visit:

“Sticky Fingers” (Official Audio) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FN5HTSiOt4&feature=share

“The Missing Peace” Track Listing:
1. It’s All The Same To Me
2. Speed
3. A Drop Of Bleach
4. Sticky Fingers
5. Christine
6. Baby Gotta Fever
7. Kill It Or Die
8. Don’t Bring A Knife To A Gunfight
9. The Flood’s The Fault Of The Rain
10. The Devil Made Me Do It
11. The Missing Peace
12. Gave It All Away


From Tracii, Phil and the band: “Thanks for listening to our fucking music and thanks to all our fans!”

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Great Article & Article Page Design! Love L.A. Guns & Bikes!

Rocklin (Sacramento Area), CA
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Editor Response Thanks!


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Salt lake City, UT
Saturday, August 26, 2017

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