L.A. GUNS / JARED JAMES NICHOLS / STONE TRIGGER - Rebellion, Manchester - 06.09.18

ANNE ESTELLA

PHOTO CREDITS: SHANNON LANDERS

 

Fresh from their appearance at HRH Sleaze, Hollywood Rock legends L.A. Guns arrive at Rebellion Manchester, ready to tear up the stage with partners in crime, Jared James Nichols and Stone Trigger.

 

STONE TRIGGER isn’t a band I’m familiar with and as the theme to The Terminator ominously begins, I’m wondering just what this foursome has in store for us. This is the third time the band have toured with L.A. Guns and when they start to play, I’m utterly convinced that they are also natives of Los Angeles, but soon discover that they actually hail from Dublin! Singer Tommy Rockit belongs on the Sunset Strip in the ‘80s... One of the many tattoos on his arms is a skull self-portrait in the style of G’n’R’s Appetite For Destruction album cover, so you could say that he quite literally wears his musical influences on his sleeve. “Manchester UK, how are you doing? We are Stone Trigger and we are the children of the night!” yells Tommy, before launching into opening song, ‘Children Of The Night’.

 

‘Black Venom’ is next and Tommy hoists the mic stand up into the air as he excitedly moves around the stage - the cable attached to the mic getting caught on various objects as it struggles to keep up with him. I almost forget there are other members in the band as the frontman is extremely charismatic and everybody’s attention is focused solely on him. He reminds me a little of Zed from the Police Academy films, albeit a less insane version - a quirky, mischievous, fun-loving, hell-raiser of a character who can really screech!

 

Tommy announces that at every show, guitarist Andii Andrews is allowed to choose one of his favourite songs to play and tonight it’s going to be the turn of the Backstreet Boys! So, we’re treated to a rocked-up rendition of ‘Larger Than Life’, which sounds a hell of a lot better than the original to me (and could almost pass as a Bon Jovi track), although it’s hard to gauge the reaction of the crowd, who look a little perplexed. The set includes the 2013 track ‘Rattle Your Bones’ and ends with last year’s single ‘Edge Of Insanity’. Fans of the ‘80s LA Glam Rock and Hair Metal scene really ought to check these guys out quicker than you can say “Whisky a Go Go”!

 

Setlist:

Terminator Intro

Children Of the Night

Black Venom

Gotta Get It On

Rattle Your Bones

Show Your Hands

Larger Than Life

Edge Of Insanity

 

Stone Trigger are:

Tommy Rockit - Lead Vocals
Andii Andrews - Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals
Peter Jordan - Bass & Backing Vocals
Moyano El Buffalo - Drums & Backing Vocals

 

Links

https://www.facebook.com/StoneTrigger/



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JARED JAMES NICHOLS is the only artist on tonight’s bill that I’ve seen before – earlier this year when he played with Stone Broken and The Bad Flowers. He is a phenomenal Wisconsin-born, LA-based Blues Rock Guitarist Singer/Songwriter whose growing reputation precedes him. The band’s three hirsute musicians, who include Gregg Cash on Bass and Dennis Holm on Drums, perform so well together that there are moments when it feels like magic is happening in front of our very eyes and ears. Those moments occur often, especially when JJN, who doesn’t use a plectrum, plays intricate solos, making it look sickeningly easy. There are other times when JJN and Gregg face one another to play and the chemistry is so perfect, you wish you could bottle it.

 

As it turns out, it’s Gregg’s birthday and Tracii Guns is invited up onto the stage to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him, after which Tracii and JJN engage in a stupendous jam culminating in an awesome cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘N.I.B.’, which receives huge cheers and applause as JJN jokingly comments “Now, was that a warm-up or what?!” Dennis Holm’s strong, dynamic drumming is just as good as I remember and the sheer talent on display is staggering. JJN puts his heart and soul into every performance and is a bona fide virtuoso who will no doubt be headlining the next time I see him play.

 

Jared James Nichols – Guitar & Vocals

Gregg Cash - Bass
Dennis Holm - Drums

 

Links

https://www.facebook.com/Jaredjamesnichols/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzbfeZRfm79klg5WCSlUWXw?app=desktop

 

 

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It’s a long time since L.A. GUNS’s inception in 1983, but founding member Tracii Guns is back on the road and returns to our shores with a new lineup, ready to play to a full club. British Vocalist Phil Lewis is at the helm and he rips into opening song ‘No Mercy’ with conviction. Meanwhile, Tracii whips out a violin bow, which he then uses to play the guitar - I’d heard that he does this and had been waiting to see it for myself! Phil shouts “The only thing missing now is a little bit of sex!”, introducing the rather delicious ‘Sex Action’.

 

The crowd is encouraged to scream “Fuck yeah” which quickly progresses into “Go fast” as an intro to ‘Speed’ and songs such as ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ and ‘Malaria’ are also clearly going down well with the head-nodding, fist-pumping audience. There are numerous stellar guitar solos courtesy of Mr Guns – the gig could probably be renamed ‘The Tracii Guns Show’, although the other band members are all putting in a cohesive performance and there are some really nice sections where Tracii and Phil sing together.

 

“All killer, no filler, right? That’s what it said in the memo!” remarks Phil, who has the crowd joining in and lapping it up. Reciprocating Tracii’s previous good deed, JJN returns to the stage and another awesome jam ensues. “Now it’s time for you to sing Manchester!” And Manchester is most definitely in the mood for singing when the ever-popular ‘The Ballad Of Jayne’ begins. “Manchester, we need to do this more often! Have you had enough or do you want some more?!” We all know the answer to that and the energy is cranked up a notch as memorable finale ‘Rip And Tear’ threatens to bring the house down!

 

The set is brought to a close as Phil introduces his bandmates. On bass is “The missing Ramone!” (Johnny Martin really does look like he could be) and Adam Hamilton is on guitar. “He’s young, he’s affordable and he’s pretty adequate” is how drummer Shane Fitzgibbon is described, and “Over to my left, my right hand man, my husband if you will – Tracii fucking Guns!” The generous 90 minute set ends fifteen minutes early but the fans are leaving with big smiles on their faces and can be found posing for photos with Phil by the tour bus outside. One thing I’ll take away from tonight is that we could all do with a little bit more sleaze in our lives…

 

Setlist:

No Mercy

Electric Gypsy

Bow Solo – Over The Edge

Sex Action

I Wanna Be Your Man

Flood

Speed

One More Reason

Malaria

Never Enough

Jelly Jam

Crystal Eyes

The Ballad Of Jayne

Rip And Tear

 

L.A. Guns are:

Phil Lewis - Vocals
Tracii Guns – Lead Guitar
Johnny Martin - Bass
Shane Fitzgibbon - Drums
Adam Hamilton – Rhythm Guitar

 

Links

https://www.lagunsmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/L.A.GunsOfficial/

 

 

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