Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns rekindle memories of old school metal in Louisville with Wyld Ryde.
It’s gearing up to be one of the hottest weeks in the Commonwealth and the largest summer festival in Louisville, The Forecastle Festival, concluded a couple of days ago with record crowds, yet fans lined up all the way down the street and down the corner of 2nd Street outside of Louisville’s Bourbon Hall in anticipation of LA rockers, L.A. Gun’s performance.
L.A. Guns is touring in support of their newest album, The Devil You Know which was released at the end of March on Frontiers Music SRL and they have been touring extensively for most of the year. Along with Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis, the band’s current lineup features bassist Johnny Martin, guitarist Ace Von Johnson and drummer Scot Coogan who joined the band earlier this year. The band was tight and sharp all evening. During the set, Phil mentioned that although the band has gone through several lineup changes this band is something special.
L.A. Guns’ set was a delayed starting due to some last-minute technical difficulties which were eventually ironed out but it gave drummer Scot Coogan a few moments to come out from backstage, mingle with fans at the side of the stage and take a few pictures – a great sign for how the evening would ultimately go. With the issues now resolved L.A. Guns casually walked on to the Bourbon Hall stage, greeted by a nice ovation and immediately started their set with classic songs “Over the Edge,” “Show No Mercy,” and “Sex Action” with a contagious energy that immediately grabbed those in attendance.
The guys seemed to be thoroughly enjoying their time on stage as Phil engaged with members of the crowd on numerous occasions and the classic moments with Phil & Tracii together center stage belting out the chorus of many of the songs created several memorable moments of the show. Phil mentioned that the band was headed to Nashville to participate in the Summer NAMM convention where Tracii was going to play a little with Joe Bonamassa which everyone was excited to be a part of.
Expertly mixed into the set of classic and familiar L.A. Guns songs were a couple of new songs from The Devil You Know album including the title track and “Gone Honey”, a song Phil mentioned was his favorite from the album. More than halfway through the performance another gem came rolling off the stage, this time it was an abbreviated rendition of the underrated ballad “Crystal Eyes” from the Hollywood Vampires album.
As the evening wound down, L.A. Guns finished up a memorable evening in fine fashion with rocking performances of fan favorites “The Ballad of Jayne,” “Speed” and finally “Rip and Tear”. Tonight’s performance was exactly what the Louisville fans were looking for and was proof positive that this present band is something special.
Opening the evening were local Louisville rockers, Wyld Ryde. Taking influence from bands such as Mötley Crüe and Guns n’ Roses and fronted by the dynamic Chief on guitar/vocals along with Tommy’s blazing guitar work and the rock-solid combo of Mick & Nigel on bass and drums, Wyld Ryde is making sure good ole’ Rock N’ Roll lives on in a great way.
Wyld Ryde is supporting their debut EP City Streets by performing songs from the EP including “Pushin’,” “Fantasy,” “Something to Hide” and the title track “City Streets”. Wyld Ryde’s on-stage presence, interaction with fans and of course their brand of hard-driving sound had the whole venue rocking from the opening chords of their first song. Wyld Ryde wrapped up their all to short set with a fiery rendition of “Six Gun Shooter” proving to be the perfect complement to L.A. Guns this evening.