Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis, better known as the L.A Guns spent almost a decade apart, but reunited in 2017 and released, ‘The Missing Piece’, arguably one of their most critically acclaimed releases. Tomorrow, their latest album, ‘Made In Milan’ is a live album, recorded at last years Frontiers Festival in Milan, and is an exhilarating ride.
There’s something about a live show that gets everybody going, you’ll be hard pressed not to be enjoying yourself while standing in a crowded arena. ‘Made In Milan’ comes with a DVD of the full show that this album was recorded at, but we’re just going to focus on the music. Before the first song starts, No Mercy in this instance, you can hear the excited crowd starting to get rowdy in preparation for the LA Guns to take the stage. The energy that comes from a live crowd is always electric, and this one is no exception.
There is not just energy from the crowd, oh no, there is buckets of energy exuding from both Guns and Lewis, as well as the live band including Shane Fitzgibbon, and Johnny Martin. You can tell just from listening to how the five work together, how much they’d be playing off of each other on stage in real time. In track two, Electric Gypsy, there is a roaring chorus of ‘heys’ during the song and you can hear the loud voices of the crowd, singing those heys along in solidarity. Another thing impressive about a live show, how hundreds of voices sound like one when singing together.
‘Made In Milan’ is a mix of older classics, such as No Mercy, Sex Action and The Ballad Of Jayne, and soon to be hits like “Speed’ of their latest record ‘The Missing Peace’. However, it didn’t seem to matter if they were playing old, or new songs, the crowd were still energetic and excited, and so were the band.
This album is absolutely everything that you expect from rock’n’roll that was born in the 80s – loud, high energy, loud, and in your face. There’s a little bit of everything, and whether you’re a classic rock fan, or more of a new school rock fan, you’re bound to enjoy this album. It’s got chugging guitars, hard hitting drums, sick bass lines, and impressive vocals in both a lyrical and performance way.
The whole album isn’t made up of completely in your face rock’n’roll, you’ve also got a few of those gorgeous ballad-type songs that the 80’s were famous for. Poison had ‘Every Rose Has It’s Thorn’, Warrant had ‘Heaven’ and L.A Guns had ‘The Ballad Of Jayne’. The Ballad Of Jayne is about that special someone in your life, and as was the case with most 80’s ballads, this someone special was a woman. A woman named Jayne. Phil Lewis lets the crowd take over in most of this song on the album, and even though you can’t see it, you can expect that everyone at the show had their lighters up (or in more likelihood, their phone torches) for this one.
I could quite happily sit here and give you a track by track breakdown on this album, but because it’s a live one, I think it’s much better if you sit down, turn the volume up loud, and just enjoy it for yourself. If you want to start somewhere random on this album, I’d definitely recommend track five, Sex Action, because it’s a thing of absolute beauty.
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