Melbourne has been treated to an outstanding week of Glam Rock powering through it’s streets. First Steel Panther but now it was LA Guns turn to solidify their position among the greats in Australian Music.
Opening the night were The Kids. Very much kids themselves they took their frantic play to the stage. Bringing back the teen angst of the 80s you could clearly see promise among these young artists. Drawing what seemed like inspiration from bands such as the Dead Kennedy’s they have developed a take no flack mentality. Unfortunately for these bouncy prodigies their performance tonight was a tad off the mark. With that mentality previously stated they took an overly aggressive approach towards the audience and it didn’t sit well leaving a majority of the audience on the back foot. A huge step up for The Kids, their futures seem bright if they can find the balance between anger and angst in their performance.
Following we saw the Glam Rock theme of the night take hold. Eightball Junkies enthralled the crowd with powerful vocals, great crowd engagement and amazing dance moves from all the members. Most impressively they played a song they had only written the week before. Playing it for the second time, unaware of how talented they are they smashed it out of the park showing the crowd what was only to come. Filling the room up with his voice, lead singer Will Vaughan performance far exceeded the bands small stature. Expect big things from these guys in the future.
Playing as main support Sisters Doll could’ve quite easily played a headline show for themselves to the same crowd and deserved the slot. Powerfully catchy tunes with their crowd winning harmonies left each member of the audience singing by the end of every song regardless if they knew the song or not. Synchronised dance moves and engagement throughout their entire set left the audience always wanting more chanting and cheering after each song. Superbly animated performances from each of the members. All of them working together successfully to leave us not knowing where to look but being fixated wherever our eyes landed. Their performance summed up by the request from the crowd to do not one but two encores. Remarkable night for the boys from Melbourne.
Finally the band we were all here to see. Only the second time LA Guns original members Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis were on stage together in Melbourne and boy the crowd was not left disappointed at all. Seasoned but still possessing all their talents each member of the band coming together to form a night to remember. Guns himself owning the stage and the ears of each member in the audience for every song. At one stage the entire band left the room leaving him to captivate and tease the audience to begging for more with cheering. His entrancing performance will not be forgotten any time soon.
Their mix of songs and set list between slow ballad and upbeat bounce always had the audience on their toes. Finishing their set with ‘The Ballad of Jayne’ the crowd could not contain themselves. The crowd was left embracing themselves as they Belted out each lyric as it echoed through Max Watts. The “one more song” chant radiating throughout the venue, as they encored with ‘Rip and Tear’. A phenomenal night from each of their members. Especially drummer Shane Fitzgibbon who backed each members, solo throughout the night, with heart filling beats. Nothing but grateful and humble that they were on stage. The band acknowledged and thanked the crowd.
Well and truly showed why they are among the legends of Glam Rock.
Devil Made Me Do It
Over The Edge
Bitch Is Back
One More Reason
Don’t Look At Me That Way
Ballad Of Jayne
Rip and Tear
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