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Interview with L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns

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Tracii Guns is best-known for his role as guitarist and founding member of the Hollywood-based rock group L.A. Guns, which became one of the leading lights of the Sunset Strip scene in the 1980s with its self-titled debut album.


Guns was also a founding member of Guns N' Roses, which he formed with Axl Rose in 1985. Guns left that group to return to L.A. Guns in 1987, just before the group signed with Polygram. Its debut went platinum, as did 1989's Cocked and Loaded and Hollywood Vampires in 1991.The group has soldiered on in various permutations virtually ever since, with Guns also taking several musical side trips with Brides of Destruction, Contraband, and even brief stints in Poison and Quiet Riot.


In September L.A. Guns released a new album entitled Acoustic Gypsy Live, a collection of past hits, new material and two covers all re-arranged in acoustic versions that are very different from L.A. Guns' usual bluesy hard rock and metal.

Tracii Guns spoke to Long Live Rock about the new album, the process of re-arranging older songs in a new way, bad reality television, Warrant singer Jani Lane, why Axl Rose isn't really that weird and much more.