Jack’s Patio Bar & Grill is celebrating the holiday season with a double-fisted flashback to the days when glam-metal ruled the Sunset Strip. Bret Michaels would be enough to inspire Headbangers Ball nostalgia, but the club is going the extra mile by welcoming L.A. Guns, or at least one competing version of L.A. Guns currently rampaging across the American club circuit.
L.A. Guns was neither the most popular nor the most adventurous band on the ’80s metal scene , but their revolving-door lineups (for which no scorecard yet invented could hope to keep pace) tell their own history of SoCal metal. The first version of Guns N’ Roses was essentially L.A. Guns, with Axl Rose on lead vocals, and seemingly every guitarist who ever donned a pair of spandex pants jammed with the band for at least a week or two.
Traci Guns, the band’s linchpin, is touring with a lineup that includes original singer Paul Black, but a stronger case could probably be made for the incarnation that features frontman Phil Lewis and drummer Steve Riley. Lewis joined the band on the cusp of stardom, and his voice (as well as Riley’s walloping backbeat) define the Guns’ Cocked & Loaded heyday.
The Lewis-Riley band is the one coming to San Antonio, and they can be expected to provide a generous buffet of vintage Guns raunch-rockers, such as “Sleazy Come Easy Go” and “Rip and Tear.”
L.A. Guns is scheduled to perform at Jack’s Patio Bar & Grill (2950 Thousand Oaks) on Thursday, December 14. Call 494-2309 for more info.