L.A. Guns Replace Jizzy Pearl With Female Vocalist
September 29, 2011
The Tracii Guns version of L.A. Guns has wasted little time in finding a replacement for Jizzy Pearl who announced his departure from the band last week. Filling his shoes is former ‘Rock Star Supernova’ contestant Dilana Robichaux.
Tracii Guns told Metal Sludge, “Dilana is the new singer for L.A. Guns after an incredible amount of scrutiny and mixed opinions the final straw was her audition where she completely took control of the environment by injecting a type of soul into these old new songs that I have never heard before. The first tune we jammed on was the Otis Redding classic “These Arms Of Mine” and even a very skeptical Jeremy (Guns) looked up at me and mouthed Holy Shit to me and I had the same feeling. Then we ran through “One More Reason”, “Never Enough” and of course “The Ballad Of Jayne” and it was an awakening of just how professional and soulful of a Singer Dilana is. After getting responses from label Steve Vai, my agent and manager who are all really into a drastic positive change for L.A. Guns and myself, we all feel this is a ballsy and risky change that we all collectively feel good about. I expect there will be some changes in the live setlist and I hope we can get straight into writing mode ASAP and record some fresh Rock n Roll also ASAP. We hit the road starting in San Antonio Texas September 21st.”
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dilana left her homeland and moved to The Netherlands to pursue her musical career. Her 2000 debut album ‘Wonderfool’ scored five singles, four videos and a string of tours and festival gigs throughout the region. Eventually Dilana made her way to Los Angeles where she appeared on the 2006 reality TV show ‘Rock Star Supernova’. After 11 weeks Dilana was named runner-up to Lukas Rossi in the contest to find a vocalist for the supergroup featuring Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke. She would release her own album ‘InsideOut’ in 2009 which featured appearances by No Doubt drummer Adrian Young and Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars.
L.A. Guns, consisting of Tracii Guns (guitar), Jeremy Guns (bass) and Doni Gray (drums), released the live album ‘Acoustic Gypsy’ on September 27th through Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label. Less than a week before the album’s release Jizzy Pearl announced he was leaving the band by saying, “After an amazing two years in L.A. Guns I have decided to move on. This decision was not based on anger or animosity — I have nothing but respect for Tracii and the guys. They can and will carry on better than ever.”
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