L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat, The Whisky, January 1, 2016
The New Year certainly kicked off with a vengeance, thanks to the collaborative alignment of L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat at the world famous Whisky on the Sunset Strip. Upon arrival, one could see the Sold Out sign placed at the front of the venue, and the place was indeed jammed packed to the rafters. Some of the crowd was in town due to the final performances of Mötley Crüe while others were Los Angeles locals supporting their favorite bands at the iconic West Hollywood venue. After solid performances from Danse dE Sade from New York City, and up-and-coming local bands 210 To Lowell and Scarlet Vice, it was time for the main event to occur. Whether or not you could even move or breathe, an auditory party was about to commence, and the glory days of the hair metal Sunset Strip would return to ring in the first glorious day of 2016! Those who missed Cathouse Live at Irvine Meadows over the summer were treated to two of the very best bands who performed at that epic event.
Faster Pussycat emerged on the stage and quickly raged into the kind of rocking set that has made them so infamous all over the world. Featuring the charismatic Taime Downe and a wondrous solid lineup, one was instantly enveloped by the Power Of The Pussy, from the rapturous strains of House Of Pain and beyond. With the passing of the legendary Lemmy Kilmister still on the minds of many, Faster Pussycat paid tribute to the immoratal Motörhead front man with a stunning rendition of Killed By Death. Their cover of the Supersuckers classic Pretty Fucked Up was also epic in scope. Their own crowd favorites such as Shut Up And Fuck and Bathroom Wall had the audience singing along with fiendish glee. Such a kick ass performance to be sure from a band fiercely ready to take on 2016 and beyond! Be sure to catch Faster Pussycat with Bulletboys at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on February 6th and the Yost Theater in Santa Ana on February 12th! An orgasmic good time is guaranteed for all!
Just after the magical midnight hour, L.A. Guns took over the stage and proceeded to blast away the over capacity crowd with a ferocious set of tunes. Opening with the mighty No Mercy from their landmark Self-Titled debut album, L.A. Guns sent the room into the stratosphere. The current L.A. Guns lineup is tremendously solid, and what a fantastic reaction front man and founding member Phil Lewis received when he announced it was clearly time for the band to record a brand new collection of tunes! Lewis can still scorch the stage with his trademark vocals and ripping rhythm guitar action. Also on the L.A. Guns journey since the beginning is drummer Steve Riley, who can still tear the place apart with his tremendous skills amped up to ten. Kenny Kweens, best known for his tenure in Beautiful Creatures, supplied a devastating low end on bass. And then there’s the newest member Michael Grant, a massive talent on lead guitar, whose infectious personality and vibrant axe work definitely leaves a lasting impression! L.A. Guns would also pay tribute to their friend Lemmy, and the moment was absolutely poignant as Phil Lewis shared a few wonderful memories of Motörhead’s diabolical mastermind.
The staggering tunes kept on shining through, with songs such as Sex Action, Hellraiser’s Ball, and Gypsy Soul leaving a dazzling impact on the crowd. Members of Faster Pussycat even joined in on a few songs towards the end of the set. L.A. Guns concluded the show with the rollicking refrains of Rip and Tear from Cocked And Loaded, an explosive grand finale to a show that many will remember for a long time! Those craving additional sonic ammunition from L.A. Guns will not have to wait too long, as upcoming shows include appearances at NAMMJAM at The City National Grove in Anaheim on January 22nd and Fuzion in Huntington Beach on January 23rd!
(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)