L.A. Guns | Jared James Nichols – 2nd September 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Opening the proceedings tonight is the blues power hero Jared James Nichols who is swiftly becoming a very familiar face in these parts having played with Walter Trout, Glenn Hughes, BOC, and Stone Broken to name just a few over the last two years or so! He is greeted with a friendly welcome as he kicks into gear with Don’t Be Scared from the Black Magic album. It’s kind of an odd pairing tonight as Jared is opening for LA Guns who are more steeped in the history of the more dirty rock ‘n’ roll of the LA strip than the fingerpicking blues groove he excels in HOWEVER it doesn’t take long for the Newcastle crowd to warm to the trio absolutely tearing it up through this short sharp set!!

Jared introduces Tracii Guns to the stage where they kick out the Sabbath Classic N.I.B and it’s obvious to all that they are just having a ball! Honey Forgive Me & Can You Feel It are two other originals aired tonight and like every other time I have seen Jared they end on a riotous version of Mountain Mississippi Queen by which time the crowd are firmly on board and queuing to meet the band and buy merch as soon as they leave the stage!

I’m pretty certain L.A. Guns never got to play Newcastle with any lineup so to see them here tonight on such top form was an absolute treat! The PA cranking Ozzy’s Diary of A Madman as an intro got the mood going especially with added live riffs from Tracii Guns side stage and then out they came straight into The Devil Made Me Do It from The Missing Peace album! Phil Lewis’s vocal was absolutely spot on every song old and new but for me, the star of the show was Tracii Guns! I knew the history of the band (Girl, GnR, etc) and remember playing tracks like One More Reason and Sex Action (both given a great outing here tonight too) at the rock clubs I DJ’d at but I have to admit I’d never realised what a fantastic player Tracii is! Not just the riffs and solos or the visuals like the violin bow solo but the technique and tone was just awesome.

Rip & Tear and The Ballad Of Jayne were another couple of highlights. Along with covers of I Wanna Be Your Man and Red House before bringing Jared James Nichols back out to take part in what they call the Jelly Jam! The whole band just seem at ease with themselves playing old classics and new album cuts side by side much to the delight of the crowd who unlike a lot of bands of this ilk weren’t just there to see the hits Here’s hoping they don’t leave it as long for a second visit.

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