STEVE RILEY (L.A. GUNS, EX-W.A.S.P, EX-KEEL): “When We Found [Our Tour Dates Were Postponed]… We Said Let’s Release A Single Every Two Months… Give The Fans Something To Look Forward To”

L.A. Guns Steve Riley Version

Shots Fired on the Sunset Strip

Steve Riley and Kelly Nickels’ version of L.A. Guns recently released their album Renegades [review]. The album is a return to that mid ’80s gritty Hard Rock sound of the Sunset Strip. Drummer Steve Riley started full-time with the group with the release of their 1989 landmark album Cocked & Loaded. Since then, Riley has been the only consistent member of the group. Members have come and gone and returned throughout the decades and now the band is split into two camps, with Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns heading up the other L.A. Guns with two albums through Frontiers Records. I had the chance to speak with Steve Riley about the new album, his past work with W.A.S.P. and Keel, and whether anything can be done to bring the two L.A. Guns’ back together.

L.A. Guns is:

Steve Riley – Drums
Kelly Nickels – Bass
Scott Griffin – Guitar
Kurt Frohlich – Vocals

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L.A. GUNS - Renegades cover


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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