During concerts, a musician's wild side emerges, such as when a guitarist destroys an amplifier or a singer eats a zebra. Observe untamed talent with this GrouponLive deal to see the L.A. Guns 25th-anniversary tour at Park City Live. For $10, you get one ticket for general-admission standing room on Thursday, October 25, at 9 p.m. (up to a $20.30 value, including all fees). Doors open at 8 p.m. Show-goers must be 21 or older.
“Everyone knows if you want to see L.A. Guns, you want to see the one fronted by Phil Lewis. It’s the real thing, baby!” said drummer Steve Riley to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Untangling the sprawling history of L.A. glam-rockers L.A. Guns is a daunting task. The short and long of it is this: Guitarist Tracii Guns started the first incarnation of the band in 1983, merged it with another band called Hollywood Roses to form Guns ‘N Roses, got along infamously with Axl Rose, then built the celebrated roster of L.A. Guns with singer Phil Lewis and former W.A.S.P. drummer Steve Riley. After ending the lengthy game of musical chairs, the solidified and now classic lineup of L.A. Guns broke out with its rowdy self-titled 1988 debut album and became the poster children for hair metal. Its sophomore album, Cocked and Loaded, landed it in gold-record territory as the band reveled in unapologetically sleazy subjects. After a few years of success and Sunset Strip shenanigans, Tracii left the group. Then he came back. And repeat. Finally, he walked away from his bandmates for good and started his own version of L.A. Guns, even though Lewis and Riley were still playing and recording as L.A. Guns, too. After many tug of wars, Tracii overdosed on hospitality juice and gave up the moniker. Now there is only one L.A. Guns, and they’re rocking out with their confirmed identities on their 25th-anniversary tour.
For this special show, hosted by the cheeky Nigel of the hair-metal tribute band Nigel and the Metal Dogs, L.A. Guns riddles fans with greatest hits and pole-dancing soundtracks from Hollywood Forever, the band's first studio album in seven years. As guitarist Stacy Blades sinks his fanged fingers into tasty riffs, Scotty Griffin’s bass lines slink down the catwalk and strike poses to Riley’s tequila-shot kickdrums. Phil Lewis’s raw voice chloroforms ears with whisky-soaked rags in hits such as “Rip ‘N Tear” and “Sex Action,” then caresses fans in the hit power ballads “The Ballad of Jayne” and “It’s Over Now.” Liberty Lush and “Salt Lake City’s drunken prom dates” Thunderfist open the show, paying homage to good-natured debauchery in sets of dirty-minded rock ‘n’ roll that peek up the skirts of Park City’s shimmering laser light system.
Park City Live
Underneath Park City Live’s shimmering laser light system, a slew of musical acts shine. The energetic venue is equally at home pulsating with dance music or hosting a stripped-down acoustic show, beckoning a diverse crowd of music aficionados to its dynamic confines. But the venue didn't begin life as a haven for audiophiles and their ears. The historic Summit County War Veterans Memorial Building, completed in 1940 following a fire, was originally home to an American Legion room, rifle range, gymnasium, and the Boy Scouts. But by 1984, the entertainment needs of the city had changed, and the building began providing recreation of the more artistic variety. Today, the space serves as the home for Park City Live, as well as O’Shucks Bar & Grill and Rock ‘N’ Reilly’s Irish Pub.