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MarqTorien

We’re this anomaly. We’re in the now, not just the past. We dropped this
massive new record and are receiving accolades from all over the world. It’s
unbelievable and very, very humbling. I wake up every morning and I’m like
,”Wow, I get to talk to you today, bro!” It’s humbling. We worked extremely
hard on Elefante. – Marq Torien

I’m a huge fan of classic hard rock/hair metal in all variations. I love that
Eddie Trunk and That Metal Show (who employ my drummer as their sound guy,
incidentally) support Doro and Kiss and Bulletboys, Krokus and Black
Veil…bands who really give a shit about their hard rock.

Bulletboys were always on the side of the more real 80’s bands like Motley,
Skid Row and Guns who were more focused on hitting the stage hard then the
more superficial aspects of that scene back then. Bulletboys never even really
wrote a ballad. Did you know Marq Torien was even on Motown? Put that one in
your pipe for a little bit. It was an experience Torien said was a huge honor and which shaped him to never take anything for granted.

New record Elefante is everything great and long lasting about this band. Do
you ever wonder why people still pay to see acts like Trixter, Skid Row or Def
Leppard after their “Heydey”? Well, I don’t wonder. Because they are still
great rock n roll bands. Whatever line up you like of Guns or Bulletboys or
Van Halen, those bands fuckin’ own what they do.

Read my chat with Torien below.

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L.A. Guns part ways with new guitarist, announce replacement

Posted by Metal Dude on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 3:55 PM (PST)

L.A. Guns‘ new guitarist Frankie Wilsey, who joined last month, is apparently not in the band anymore and has been replaced by Michael Grant of EndeverafteR. About the new lineup change, bassist Scotty Griffin writes:

“Is Michael our permanent guitarist? What happened to the last guitarist? Whose solo album is better, Paul’s or Ace’s? I can’t say… I’m just the bass player. But you heard it here first. Stay tuned.” In a separate post, he states, “Set up and ready to rock Illinois tonight! First show of the year, and first show with our newest member, Michael Grant of EndeverafteR on lead guitar!”

L.A. Guns’ last studio album, Hollywood Forever, was released last June on Cleopatra Records.

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L.A. Guns announce new guitarist

Posted by Metal Dude on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:12 PM (PST)

Long running L.A. hard rockers/heavy metallers L.A. Guns have the announced addition of guitarist Frankie Wilsey to replace longtime member Stacey Blades, who had been the band’s guitarist since 2004. They write:

“L.A. Guns are delighted to announce the new guitarist is our old friend Frankie Wilsey, who we first met back in 2007 when he was playing in Stephen Pearcy’s band, Arcade, on the Rock Never Stops tour. Frankie spent more time on our bus than his own, impressing us with hours of classic bootleg videos from the ’70s and ’80s. He was clearly a rock aficionado, truly a scholar and a gentleman. Frankie’s been playing guitar since 1977. He formed his first band, Head On, in San Francisco in ’81 and then went on to form the hometown Bay area champions Sea Hags in ’88. He moved to Los Angeles in the early ’90s, where he teamed up with Stephen Pearcy of Ratt and Fred Coury of Cinderella to form Arcade. In addition to lots of sessions in Los Angeles, Frankie recently toured with legendary singer John Waite and also had a residency in Las Vegas as Joe Perry in the definitive Aerosmith tribute band, Aeromyth. Frankie joins the band with Guns blazing, ready to tour the world and get involved in writing and recording new original material.”

Frankie also comments on joining the band, “I met Phil and Steve years ago, traveling down this road. Found out they’re blessed with classic rock style and a road warrior ethic that is rare in this weakling world of music. I have to say, I think this is a very good match up. Let’s hope the fans feel the same.”

L.A. Guns’ last studio album, Hollywood Forever, was released last June on Cleopatra Records.

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