L.A. Guns featuring Steve Riley and Kelly Nickels have big plans for 2020
It has been rather silent in the last few months from the L.A. Guns version spearheaded by drummer Steve Riley and bassist Kelly Nickels and also featuring lead guitarist Scott Griffin and lead vocalist / rhythm guitarist Kurt Frohlich but it appears that the group has some big plans for 2020.
The following message was posted on the band’s Facebook page back on October 17, 2019:
“Hi everybody, just a quick post to tell you all that we have lots of good shit coming up for 2020 and will be posting more news soon…￼ once the ink dries…”
In addition, Frohlich posted the following message on his Facebook account earlier today:
“Great things happening with my band L.A. Guns for 2020. #steveriley #kellynickels #scottgriffin”
The group made its live debut back at the M3 Rock Festival on May 4, 2019 and received strong reviews including from Sleaze Roxx, which ranked the band’s performance at #5 overall out of the 21 bands / artists that performed at that festival.
Back in July 2019, Riley was interviewed by rock journalist Mitch Lafon on the Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon podcast at which time the former advised (as transcribed by Sleaze Roxx): “I got a call from TKO Agency and they’re an agency that have a lot, a lot of artists on it. A lot of people all over the place and they’re based in London and Nashville and L.A. and New York so they’re a really nice big operation. And they called and they wanted to know if we would want them to represent us. It came out of the blue — the call — and would be interested in being pitched on the Ratt dates. Ratt is booked all the way through the summer right into the early fall. And then after that, they are going on and on, meaning across the seas and all kinds of stuff abroad plus more US and North American stuff. So they asked whether we wanted to do that and I was totally taken aback. I was like, ‘Yeah. Wow!’ You know what I mean.
We would obviously want to do that because those are the types venues that we want to do, which is amphitheaters, theatres, casinos. Those type of things that are a little bit more together and they are a light ticket so that it’s not on our shoulders. Those are the types of shows we would love to do and I said ‘Yes’ and they said I would need to have them represent me too, represent L.A. Guns. And, uh, we’re with TKO now.”
Shortly after, Metal Sludge reached out to Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy about a potential Ratt and L.A. Guns (feat. Riley and Nickels) package to which the singer reportedly replied: “I know nothing about that, Tracii (Guns) & Phil (Lewis) are L.A. Guns.”
Ratt‘s announced tour dates via their Facebook page only go up to December 30, 2019.