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Get Ready for the Re-Re-Merger of L.A. Guns

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In case you haven’t kept up with the glorious soap opera that has been L.A. Guns’ career, here’s the shortest possible version I can give you without sacrificing any of the hilarity of what has transpired:

  • Guitarist Tracii Guns quits Guns N’ Roses before they’re signed, is replaced by some dude named Slash.
  • Guns N’ Roses go on to become the biggest thing since indoor plumbing.
  • Tracii Guns weeps into his cereal.
  • Tracii Guns resurrects pre-Guns N’ Roses band L.A. Guns.
  • L.A. Guns are signed during the period in the 80s when A&R guys were handing out record contracts outside of Gazzarri’s. Despite playing above-average hair metal, group is only ever moderately successful.
  • Tracii Guns weeps into his cereal.
  • Vocalist Phil Lewis and most of the rest of the band leave after the grunge boom of the early 90s.
  • Tracii Guns weeps into his cereal.
  • Tracii Guns keeps the band going with a series of replacement members.
  • Lewis and something resembling the band’s original line-up reunite and release Man in the Moon, which is actually pretty decent for what it is.
  • No one cares.
  • Tracii Guns weeps into his cereal.
  • Tracii Guns quits L.A. Guns to join Nikki Sixx’s new band, Brides of Destruction.
  • Lewis continues L.A. Guns with drummer Steve Riley and a new guitarist named — I shit you not — Stacey Blades, as well as Adam something or other, a bassist who looks like a skunk.
  • Nikki Sixx leaves Brides of Destruction when their album fails to sell 1/1,000,000,000th as many copies as any one Mötley Crüe album.
  • Tracii Guns weeps into his cereal.
  • Tracii Guns forms a new version of L.A. Guns, separate from the Lewis/Riley version, which he claims is actually the original L.A. Guns because it has the singer who was in the band before they were ever signed.
  • Two versions of L.A. Guns release albums, tour, etc. Confusion ensues.
  • Tracii Guns version of L.A. Guns goes through a trillion line-up changes, breaks up. (Side note: kinda weird that I accidentally sort-of predicted Dilana doing a stint with the band.)
  • Tracii Guns weeps into his cereal.
  • Stacey Blades quits Lewis/Riley version of L.A. Guns, is replaced by new guitarist Casee Nunchucks.
  • Tracii Guns forms horribly-named new band, The Tracii Guns League of Gentlemen, and releases horribly-named debut album, The First Record, which  is actually pretty decent for what it is.
  • No one cares.
  • Tracii Guns weeps into his cereal.

Which just about brings us up to date!

So: Blabbermouth reports that Guns and Lewis shared the stage last night for the first time since whenever as part of a Sin City Sinners show, resulting in the below photograph of Tracii Guns looking really happy and Phil Lewis looking really drunk:

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Although both men have, naturally, sworn on a stack of unsold copies of Cocked & Re-Loaded that they’ll never work together again, I don’t think anyone in his right mind would bet against a reunion at this point. Which I actually think is great news! I would be totally chuffed to get blitzed out of my brain and one be on of ten-to-fifteen people at a L.A. Guns reunion show at whatever bar is willing to host such an event, especially if it keeps Tracii’s tears out of his breakfast. Maybe they’ll even take requests!!!

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