L.A. Guns band members

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L.A. Guns in 2015. From left to right, bassist Kenny Kweens, singer Phil Lewis, drummer Steve Riley and guitarist Michael Grant.

L.A. Guns are an American rock band.[1] Formed in 1983, the group originally featured vocalist Mike Jagosz, guitarist Tracii Guns, bassist Ole Beich, and drummer Rob Gardner.[2] by guitarist Tracii Guns and drummer Rob Gardner.[2][3] In 1985, the band merged with Hollywood Rose (fronted by Axl Rose, who briefly replaced Jagosz as singer in L.A. Guns) to become Guns N' Roses, with Guns, Beich and Gardner joining the new band. All three where only in the group for a short period of time, however. Guns restarted L.A. Guns later in 1985 with a new lineup, consisting of himself, vocalist Paul Black, bassist Mick Cripps, rhythm guitarist Robert Stoddard, and drummer Nickey Alexander.[4] In 1987, Cripps switched to rhythm guitar with the addition of bassist Mattie B, while Black was replaced on vocals by Phil Lewis.[5] Soon afterwards, Mattie B was replaced by Kelly Nickels, and Steve Riley joined the band on drums, replacing Alexander. This lineup - Guns, Cripps, Lewis, Nickels, and Riley, became known as the "classic lineup", recorded three albums L.A. Guns, Cocked & Loaded, and Hollywood Vampires. Riley left the band in 1992, being replaced by Michael Gershima. L.A. Guns then released their fourth studio album Vicious Circle. Riley returned to the band in 1994 to reunite the classic lineup. Lewis left in 1995, he was replaced by Chris Van Dahl. Bassist Kelly Nickels would then leave the band in 1995, with rhythm guitarist Johnny Crypt switching to bass and the band continuing as a four piece. This lineup recorded the band's fifth album American Hardcore, released in 1996. In 1997, Van Dahl was repalced by Ralph Saenz, who sang on the EP Wasted. In 1998, Saenz was replaced by Joe Leste, although Leste's time in the band was short, being replaced within the year by Jizzy Pearl. Pearl remained the band's vocalist through 1999, singing on their sixth studio album Shrinking Violet. Crypt left the band and was replaced by Stefan Adika, who was then replaced by Chuck Garric.

In 1999, the band's classic lineup reunited, with Lewis, Cripps and Nickels rejoining the band. They released two re-recorded albums of classic material, Greatest Hits and Black Beauties and Cocked & Re-Loaded, as well as a live album Live: A Night on the Strip. The reunion was again short-lived, as Cripps and Nickels left the band again, with bassist Muddy and rhythm guitarist Brent Muscat taking their places in 2000. Cripps returned to the band again later in the year, replacing Muscat. This lineup recorded their seventh studio album, Man in the Moon. After the album was released, Cripps again left the band. The band continued as a four piece for a while, with Adam Hamilton replacing Muddy on bass in 2001. The lineup of Lewis, Guns, Hamilton and Riley released the band's eight studio album Waking the Dead in 2002. Keff Ratcliffe joined on rhythm guitar after the album was recorded. This lineup re-recorded songs for the compilation album Ultimate L.A. Guns.

Guns left in 2002 during the tour in support of Walking the Dead, he was replaced by Chris Holmes. During this time, the band was briefly known as "Phil Lewis's L.A. Guns".[6] Holmes time in the band was brief, he was replaced by Keri Kelli, while Ratcliff was replaced by the returning Brent Muscat. Muscat however left in late 2003, while Keli was replaced by Charlie Poulson. Stacey Blades replaced Poulson in 2004, finalizing the L.A. Guns lineup of Lewis, Riley, Hamilton and Blades for several years. They released the covers album Rips the Covers Off in 2004. Their ninth studio album Tales from the Strip arrived in 2005. Hamilton left the group in 2007, being replaced by Scott Griffin. Griffin himself left the band for two years in 2009, being replaced by Kenny Kweens before rejoining in 2011. This lineup recorded the band's 10th studio album Hollywood Forever, released in 2012. Later that year, Blades left the band and was replaced by Frank Wilsey.[7][8] Wilsey was replaced by Michael Grant in late 2013.[9] Kweens once again replaced Griffin in 2014.

In 2006, Tracii Guns formed the Tracii Guns band with former L.A. Guns members Paul Black and Nickey Alexander, alongside bassist Jeremy Guns.[10] Later that year, Guns (who owned the rights to the band's name) renamed his band to L.A. Guns, running concurrently with Phil Lewis’s version of the band.[11] Alexander was replaced by Chad Stewart in 2007.[12] Keyboardist Edan Serge Gillen was in the lineup in the 2006. In 2007, vocalist Marty Casey joined the band, Black parted ways with the group and Alec Bauer was added as the group's second guitarist.[13] Alexander left the band and was replaced by Chad Stewart. Former L.A. Guns vocalist Jizzy Pearl was brought in to replace Casey in 2009, and Bauer left the band.[14] Jeremy Guns and Steward left he band by 2011, being replaced by Danny Nordahl and Doni Gray. Pearl left the group around this time as well, being replaced by Dilana, the group's first female member.[15][16] Eric Grossman joined on bass in 2011 after Nordhal left, and Dilana was replaced by Tony West.[17] This lineup lasted a year before more changes: vocalist Scott Foster Harris, bassist Johnny Martin on bass and rhythm guitarist Steve Preach all joined the band in 2012, replacing those in the spots before. However, in July 2012, Tracii Guns broke up his version of the band.[18]

On May 31, 2016, it was announced that Lewis and Guns would perform together for the first time in 14 years under the name "L.A. Guns' Phil Lewis + Tracii Guns" .[19] By September, they were working on a new album under the L.A. Guns name. Lewis announced he was leaving the Phil Lewis version of L.A. Guns, effectively ending the lineup.[20] The new L.A. Guns lineup was vocalist Phil Lewis, lead guitarist Tracii Guns, rhythm guitarist Michael Grant, bassist Johnny Martin and drummer Shane Fitzgibbon. This lineup released the band's eleventh studio album The Missing Peace in 2017. Grant left in March 2018, being replaced by Johnny Monaco.[21][22] But in June, Monaco was replaced by Hamilton.[23][24][25]

L.A. Guns/Phil Lewis' L.A. Guns[edit]

Band members[edit]

Former members

Timeline[edit]

Lineups[edit]

1983–1984 1984 1984-1985 1985
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Ole Beich – bass guitar
  • Rob Gardner – drums
  • Axl Rose – lead vocals
  • Mike Jagosz – lead vocals
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Ole Beich – bass guitar
  • Rob Gardner – drums

Band merges with Hollywood Rose to become Guns N' Roses.

1985–1987 1987 1987 1987–1992
Classic lineup
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Nickey "Beat" Alexander – drums
  • Mick Cripps – rhythm guitar
  • Mattie B – bass guitar
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Nickey "Beat" Alexander – drums
  • Mick Cripps – rhythm guitar
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Kelly Nickels – bass guitar
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Mick Cripps – rhythm guitar
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Kelly Nickels – bass guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
1992–1994 1994–1995
Classic lineup reunion
1995 1995–1997
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Mick Cripps – rhythm guitar
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Kelly Nickels – bass guitar
  • Michael "Bones" Gershima – drums
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Mick Cripps – rhythm guitar
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Kelly Nickels – bass guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Kelly Nickels – bass guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Johnny Crypt – rhythm guitar
  • Chris Van Dahl – lead vocals
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Johnny Crypt – bass guitar
  • Chris Van Dahl – lead vocals
1997–1998 1998 1998–1999 1999
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Johnny Crypt – bass guitar
  • Ralph Saenz – lead vocals
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Johnny Crypt – bass guitar
  • Joe Leste – lead vocals
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Johnny Crypt – bass guitar
  • Jizzy Pearl – lead vocals
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Jizzy Pearl – lead vocals
  • Stefan Adika – bass guitar
1999 1999–2000
Classic lineup reunion
2000 2000–2001
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Jizzy Pearl – lead vocals
  • Chuck Garric – bass guitar
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Mick Cripps – rhythm guitar
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Kelly Nickels – bass guitar
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Muddy – bass guitar
  • Brent Muscat – rhythm guitar
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Muddy – bass guitar
  • Mick Cripps – rhythm guitar
2001 2001–2002 2002 2002
Phil Lewis's L.A. Guns
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Muddy – bass guitar
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Adam Hamilton – bass guitar
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Adam Hamilton – bass guitar
  • Keff Ratcliffe – rhythm guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Adam Hamilton – bass guitar
  • Keff Ratcliffe – rhythm guitar
  • Chris Holmes – lead guitar
2002–2003 2003 2003–2004 2004–2007
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Adam Hamilton – bass guitar
  • Keri Kelli – lead guitar, rhythm guitar
  • Brent Muscat – rhythm guitar, lead guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Adam Hamilton – bass guitar
  • Keri Kelli – lead guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Adam Hamilton – bass guitar
  • Charlie Poulson – lead guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Adam Hamilton – bass guitar
  • Stacey Blades – lead guitar
2007–2009 2009–2011 2011–2012 2012–2013
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Stacey Blades – lead guitar
  • Scott Griffin – bass guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Stacey Blades – lead guitar
  • Kenny Kweens – bass guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Stacey Blades – lead guitar
  • Scott Griffin – bass guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Scott Griffin – bass guitar
  • Frank Wilsey – lead guitar
2013–2014 2014–2016 2016-2018 2018
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Scott Griffin – bass guitar
  • Michael Grant – lead guitar
  • Steve Riley – drums
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Michael Grant – lead guitar
  • Kenny Kweens – bass guitar
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Michael Grant – lead & rhythm guitar
  • Johnny Martin – bass guitar
  • Shane Fitzgibbon – drums
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Johnny Martin – bass guitar
  • Shane Fitzgibbon – drums
  • Johnny Monaco – rhythm guitar
2018–present
  • Tracii Guns – lead guitar
  • Phil Lewis – lead vocals
  • Adam Hamilton – rhythm guitar
  • Johnny Martin – bass guitar
  • Shane Fitzgibbon – drums



Tracii Guns's L.A. Guns/The Tracii Guns League of Gentleman[edit]

Band members[edit]


Timeline[edit]

Lineups[edit]

2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010
  • Tracii Guns - lead guitar
  • Nickey "Beat" Alexander - drums
  • Paul Black - lead vocals
  • Jeremy Guns - bass guitar
  • Tracii Guns - lead guitar
  • Paul Black - lead vocals
  • Jeremy Guns - bass guitar
  • Chad Stewart - drums
  • Tracii Guns - lead guitar
  • Jeremy Guns - bass guitar
  • Chad Stewart - drums
  • Alec Bauer - rhythm guitar
  • Marty Casey - lead vocals
  • Tracii Guns - lead guitar
  • Jeremy Guns - bass guitar
  • Chad Stewart - drums
  • Jizzy Pearl - lead vocals
2010-2011 2011 2011 2011
  • Tracii Guns - lead guitar
  • Jizzy Pearl - lead vocals
  • Doni Gray - drums
  • Danny Nordahl - bass guitar
  • Tracii Guns - lead guitar
  • Jizzy Pearl - lead vocals
  • Doni Gray - drums
  • Jeremy Guns - bass
  • Tracii Guns - lead guitar
  • Doni Gray - drums
  • Jeremy Guns - bass
  • Dilana - lead vocals
  • Tracii Guns - lead guitar
  • Doni Gray - drums
  • Dilana - lead vocals
  • Eric Grossman - bass
2011-2012 2012 2012
  • Tracii Guns - lead guitar
  • Doni Gray - drums
  • Eric Grossman - bass
  • Tony West - lead vocals
  • Tracii Guns - lead guitar
  • Doni Gray - drums
  • Eric Grossman - bass
  • Scott Foster Harris- lead vocals
  • Tracii Guns - lead guitar
  • Doni Gray - drums
  • Scott Foster Harris - lead vocals
  • Johnny Martin - bass
  • Steve Preach - rhythm guitar, organ, piano

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