Stacey Blades’ All-Star Tribute Let It Rawk Debuts In Las Vegas

Stacey Blades’ All-Star Tribute Let It Rawk Debuts In Las Vegas

January 23, 2014

Let It Rawk, an all-star tribute to the Sunset Strip glory days produced by former L.A. Guns guitarist Stacey Blades, made their debut on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Metal Mel, host of KOMP 92.3’s ’92 Minutes Of Hair’, was in attendance to give Sleaze Roxx the lowdown.

The Vegas strip is looking a lot like the Sunset strip these days as a new show, Let It Rawk, debuted Saturday night inside the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station. Billed as an ’80s revue, the show is more like a Rawkfest — complete with the guys who made the music.

At the helm was Black ‘N Blue and ex-Warrant vocalist Jaime St. James. Guitarist Oz Fox shed the black and yellow of Stryper for the night. A late addition, and great treat, was Cinderella’s Eric Brittingham on bass. Bashing the skins was Scot Coogan from Ace Frehley and Brides Of Destruction. And lastly was Stacey Blades, former L.A. Guns axman and the Let It Rawk creator and producer.

Blades had been on my ’92 Minutes Of Hair’ show a few times, yet I still knew very little of what to expect — it might just be the first time anyone in rock could be described as tight lipped. In fact, I didn’t even see the setlist until right before the show — what a few hidden gems! If you like Bon Jovi, Dokken, Ratt and W.A.S.P., then Let It Rawk is right up your alley — and even better, the songs were performed by the guys who were IN the bands.

As a huge Cinderella fan, watching Brittingham during “Nothin’ For Nothin'” and “Gypsy Road” took me back to that barely legal age of 17. Coogan proved he’s got as much talent behind the microphone as he does keeping the beat. And who doesn’t love dual guitars? Watching Blades and Fox shred not only did the era justice, but I think they were having just as much fun as we in the audience were. Not to mention the enigmatic frontman — the minute Jamie St. James came out in his big, what I call, ‘Chewbacca Rawk’ coat, I knew we were in for one hell of a night!

Let It Rawk is more than just a show, it’s a band. Starting in March, look for the boys to take this show on the road. If they come to your town, dust off those stoned washed jeans, whip out those Zippos and… Let It Raaaawk!

Let It Rawk setlist:
Let It Rock (Bon Jovi)
Into The Fire (Dokken)
Wanted Man (Ratt)
Blind In Texas (W.A.S.P.)
Two Time Woman (Stryper)
Nothin’ For Nothin’ (Cinderella)
Never Enough (L.A. Guns)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Warrant)
Gypsy Road (Cinderella)
Without Love (Black ‘N Blue)
Mr. Brownstone (Guns N’ Roses)
Wild Side (Motley Crue)
Round And Round (Ratt)
I Wanna Rock (Twisted Sister)

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