Tracii plays gentleman over LA Guns
Tracii Guns has retired his version of LA Guns in favour of his new band, League of Gentleman, so he can keep making music with a clear conscience.
Two lineups had been using the name on the circuit, with the guitarist’s outfit vying with a squad led by singer Phil Lewis.
But after deciding it was bad for fans, Guns says he’s moved on.
He tells The Musician’s Voice: “Being in LA Guns is just not worth the trouble, with two different versions running around.
“Neither band does the other band any good, and I think it’s disappointing for the fans ultimately. You’re dealing with people who have supported you and your music for over 20 years.
“I would like to be able to go into each gig with a clear conscience, put out records with a clear conscience and know that I’m doing my best, and I’m no trying to pull the wool over anybody’s eyes.”
And Guns wants to keep developing as a musician, which he feels would be more difficult using the old name.
“I think I’ve kind of done it to death,” he says, adding there’s not enough room to “grow, to move, and to exceed the fan base’s expectations.
“They really loved their old LA Guns and I get it it – but I’m older, and I continued to study music and recording and a lot of different things. We play a lot of LA Guns in our live set. People expect to hear those from me.”
But he might go back one day: “If there was ever an opportunity to do LA Guns for a higher reason, for a bigger reason, I would certainly do it,” he says. “But I’m kind of over it.”
Tracii Guns’ League of Gentlemen includes singer Scott Foster Harris, drummer Doni Gray and bassist Craig McCloskey. Lewis’ version of LA Guns released an album, Holywood Forever, earlier this year.