Kurt Frohlich does not think that fans have to choose which L.A. Guns version to support
New L.A. Guns (feat. Steve Riley and Kelly Nickels) frontman Kurt Frohlich was recently interviewed by the Monkey Business Podcast and asked whether he agreed with Phil Lewis, the frontman for the other version of L.A. Guns which also features guitarist Tracii Guns, that if people are fans of the other version of the band, than he does not need them (see related article from Metal Sludge).
Frohlich replied (as transcribed by Sleaze Roxx): “I look at it from a fan standpoint. That’s what I am, first and foremost, you know. I am a fan of L.A. Guns. I think, I think Tracii and Phil are great. Phil is singing better than ever in my opinion and you know, if they, if they came to town to do a show, I’d be like, “Yeah. I want to see them. I want to hear the songs.” You know, I love the songs and I think. I don’t think you have to choose on or the either in my opinion but…”
You can listen to the interview with Kurt Frohlich via the Monkey Business Podcast‘s website.
Frohlich along with drummer Steve Riley, bassist Kelly Nickels and guitarist Scott Griffin played the M3 Rock Festival about two weeks ago under the name of L.A. Guns. It was the first time that a L.A. Guns version was performing without Lewis or Guns in the line-up.
Sleaze Roxx ranked L.A. Guns‘ (feat. Riley and Nickels) performance at the M3 Rock Festival this year at #5 overall out of 21 bands and stated in one of its two concert reviews of the band’s set: “So here it is – the $50 million question — could Kelly Nickels and Steve Riley pull it off? With this being the second version of L.A. Guns currently out playing live, many were skeptical. I myself could not wait. I knew that these two members of the band’s classic line-up would be ready. These are professional musicians remember. “C’mon Tyson? Really? We’ve seen the live footage. Singer Kurt Frohlich isn’t original vocalist Phil Lewis!” “Okay, fair enough, but this isn’t L.A. Guns with Phil Lewis. This is L.A. Guns with Kurt Frohlich on vocals! He’s amazing in his own right and makes it very believable!” “But Tyson, the other version is better!” “Are they though?” From what I saw on that stage, there was a certain energy that really brought out the best in this version of L.A. Guns. That energy and attitude was what made me love L.A. Guns back in the day. My personal feeling is that bassist Kelly Nickels is one of the original members of the band that brings a lot that energy and attitude to the stage.”
L.A. Guns (feat. Steve Riley and Kelly Nickels) performing “No Mercy” live at the M3 Rock Festival on May 4, 2019:
Last Song, LA Guns (Steve Riley Version with Kelly Nickels -Bass, Kurt Frohlich – Vocals, Scott Griffin – Guitar), M3 Festival, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland; May 4th, 2019; Debut Performance by this Lineup/Version