Drummer Steve Riley’s version of L.A. Guns playing M3 Rock Festival with band alumni
The M3 Rock Festival has announced its 2019 line-up, which includes perennial favorite L.A. Guns.
While most assume that L.A. Guns will be the version led buy guitarist Tracii Guns and lead vocalist Phil Lewis, the duo’s version of the band is not playing the M3 Rock Festival this year as Guns tweeted the following messages today:
10:13 am – “Sorry to disappoint you
@M3RockFestival but @laguns is not attending .”
1:04 pm – “It’s not us for sure .”
“It’s what happens when people dupe the public for financial gain and can’t rely on their own merits . God bless them and may whoever is in that band enjoy playing my music :)”
Interestingly, Guns‘ version of L.A. Guns was initially scheduled to play the M3 Rock Festival in 2018 but subsequently dropped out with the following message posted by band management on April 13, 2018: “We regret to inform you that L.A. Guns will not be able to perform at the M3 Rock Festival this year. There have been rumors swirling, and they are simply not true. We love M3 and have performed 7 of the past 10 years. We would love to come back next year and perform at the M3 Rock Festival 2019.”
On the other hand, Riley, who controls the original L.A. Guns Facebook page with almost 330,000 followers, has posted the following message on that Facebook page a few hours ago:
“What’s up gypsies! I’ll be at M3 next year and I can’t wait to rock out with you all. I’ll be bringing alumni from LAG from over the years with a couple surprises. Really looking forward to seeing you guys! Tix go on sale on December 19. 🤟
Back in early December 2016, singer Phil Lewis surprisingly announced that he was leaving L.A. Guns, which was quickly followed by an announcement from Tracii Guns that Lewis was simply leaving drummer Steve Riley‘s version of L.A. Guns and joining forces with Guns instead in his version of the band. In October 2017, L.A. Guns featuring Guns and Lewis released the studio album The Missing Peace, which ended at #1 on the Sleaze Roxx Readers’ Top 20 Albums of 2017.
Lewis had stayed quiet after that announcement but has apparently decided to forge ahead with his version of L.A. Guns. One big question is who will be handling lead vocals for Riley‘s resurrected version of L.A. Guns.