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Dilana Joins LA Guns

Remember when I recently posted that Jizzy Pearl was out of (Tracii's) LA Guns? Well, now the band has a new singer... and it is Dilana Robichaux. In case you don't know, Dilana was the runner-up on the reality show Rock Star: Supernova.

I think this might be a ballsy move on Tracii's part because having a female singer will seriously set the band apart from the other touring version. Will the songs sound the same? No, of course not. But I wish the band luck. I guess my only question is this: why not just create a new band name, write some new songs and do LA Guns stuff live, too? Discuss.

Here's Dilana and Tracii performing together:

Reader Comments (21)

That's really the core issue. It's clearly not LA Guns. Slash does not call his solo band Velvet Revolver, or GnR, or even Snakepit, yet everyone knows he'll play songs from those albums. Tracii surely is allowed to do the same thing, without giving his band a name that plain does not apply.
October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
I concur.

p.s. It may very well be that Guns doesn't want to give up the name because he feels like it's more rightfully his, since it's kinda like his name on the door. However, he's got talent to burn and should not concern himself with the other L.A. Guns using his name. Tracii -- just let it go and set out to do something new as Al and Christian have said here.
October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Plus, sorry, I just couldn't keep my mouth shut here (surprise, surprise). As much as I think Lewis' voice can be a bit weak and off key at times, his voice is still very distinct and thus, he possesses the distinct L.A. Guns sound. Too bad these two characters just can't sort it out.

Meanwhile, as much as I want to like this chick, her voice is pretty generic and a little to nasally at times. It's a mistake to go with her simply because, no matter how much "ballsier" her voice may be compared to Phil's, it still isn't up to the job.
October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Because (1) he owns 50% of the name, so it is his right to use it, (2) because the name has established good will and makes it easier for Tracii to get gigs booked (which is how he pays his bills, and (3) the LA Guns name still sells tickets (for both versions). He can simply create new music under the name peoe know and that he helped establish. I would go see his version in a second if they were in town.
October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian C.
I really like Dilana's voice,and I thought she got robbed not winning the whole Supernova thing.(Her versions of "Time after Time" and "She talks To Angels" are awesome IMO. Listen to them on my Ipod regularly)

But I don't give this more than a year at most. On a side note, is it just me or is Dilana starting to sport a "Vince Neil belly"....LOL
October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary
I think i have made my opinion on Tracii's version very clear, he left the bad for BOD and has since then butchered the great LA GUNS name (in my opinion) by bringing out singer, after singer, after singer...while the real LA Guns has kept going. I will only go see Phil and Steve's version, the real version of LA Guns becuase when i see LA Guns, i want to hear songs that actually sound like the LA Guns that i grew up loving, and Tracii's version has never delivered that whether it was Paul Black,Marty Casey, Jizzy Pearl, or Dilana...its does not sound like LA GUNS. And lets not forget, Phil and Steves version also includes Stacey Blades on guitar who is awesome as well as Scotty Griffen on bass. A great band that IS LA GUNS. As others have said, Tracii should just rename his band and stop the joke of cover band he has going now. But i know he wont.
October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
Nah, KixRules. Though Phil's version SOUNDS like L.A. Guns, it ain't any more REAL for two reasons ~~ Tracii and Tracii. One Tracii, cuz it's more his band cuz it's got his name on it. And Two Tracii, cuz Tracii blows Blades out of the water, actually making him seem lifeless and flat.

Dude, I saw L.A. Guns even before they had a deal when they were playin' The Country Club out in L.A. I had no idea who they were and was out there on business and lookin' for something to do and saw a listing for their gig in L.A. Rocker weekly so I decided to check 'em out.

This is before one record came out. Here was the impression I was left with -- Stunning lead guitarist and weak, mediocre singer.

Since that time I saw the original line-up 5 times and once with Blades.

So, like I said before, neither is real deal anymore. I kinda liked Phil's version when I saw 'em cuz of Kenny Kweens on bass. What a showman.

Given the choice, however, if both versions were playin' right down the street from each other where I live, I would still drive the extra mile to see Tracii's version rather than Phil's simply because Tracii is more interesting to watch AND listen to than anyone in Lewis' outfit...

...Even if that means I have to ignore the new singer while I'm right up front, point blank on Tracii's side where I've always been everytime I seen 'em!
October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Metalboy we will agree to disagree, and i would say 75% of 80's rock fans would agree with me and rather see Phil and Steves version...the real version that Tracii LEFT for BOD over any crap band that Tracii is throwing together with his son on bass and a chick singer now! I know Tracii is an amazing guitarist but come on man, for me its all about sounding like LA Guns and Phil's version does and Tracii's version...well not so much anymore!
October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
Yeah, I got ya KixRules. Wish theez boyz could get it back together. THAT would solve our disagreement! Hahaha!!!

p.s. Hey, are you going to Saxon in Baltimore next Saturday? I really wanna get up there for that since ya gotta wonder if those boyz will ever make it back over here. Stryper and Schenker are headed to Charm City, too! Damn sometimes I wish I still lived there!
October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Wow this has the oppertunity to be amazing, I just hope it's not an amazing trainwreck. I am a big fan of Tracii;s version of LA Guns and a fan of Dilana's as well.

Sidenote - Just this past Summer the Phil Lewis version of LA Guns came to Lapeer Michigan to play a show and I was very excited because I hadn;t seen Phil since the split. They were terrible, aweful, horrible, I cannot come up with enough bad things to say. Each individual of the band was a mess and Phil told a racist joke on stage. I was CRUSHED! I have seen Tracii's version of LA Guns several times with two or three differant singers and while they were not perfect, they were good and entertaining. Tracii is a great guitarist. Just my two cents.

Back on subject I hope this new thing with Dilana goes real well!
October 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterreptileblvd
^^^^ Tracii is that you????? lol
October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
IN MY OPINION, this is a sad joke. This is the final nail in the coffin of the LA Guns b-team.
October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Kenny, I'm still fascinated why you call Tracii's L.A. Guns the "B" Team, when, in fact it's Tracii Gun's NAME on the door and HIS L.A. Guns signature guitar sound on display with that line-up.

To me, it's just as important, if not, more so, to hear his virtuoso guitar playing in an L.A. Guns experience than it is to hear Lewis' voice and a by-the-numbers hired gun (no pun intended) guitar player.

In the end, as I said earlier, without these guys playin' together in one L.A. Guns means they are both playin' on the "B-Teams".

p.s. Now if I could just get you to comment on Al's latest post about the fantastic band, FLAME, like everyone keeps doing here about GUNS.
October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
The sad fact is that, when it comes to these 80's rock bands, the singer is the deal breaker. Look what happened to Crue without Vince "even though I LOVED that record". Look at the debacle that is Skid Row without Sebastian. Warrant sucks now, even though Robert mason is damn good. Ratt without Pearcy = fail. The list goes on and on. The singer is what matters. Thats why bands like Bang Tango, Bulletboys, Pretty Boy Floyd, ETC can tour with JUST one guy, and it HAS to be the singer.
October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
And seriously, in that video shes obviously staggering, stammering, and drunk. And she looks pregnant. PATHETIC.
October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
I think you are right, generally, Kenny O. But there are a few cases where switching singers, though it may have cost them in other ways, has been pretty successful, at least artistically.

Case in point, I give you your very own recommendation to me a couple of years ago that I am still just head over heels for -- Yep, you guessed it -- Danger Danger, "Cockroach". I LOVE both versions of the album -- Both the Ted Foley version and the Paul Laine version.

I still, to this day, cannot decide which one I like better. True, Poley is Danger Danger, but the version with Paul Laine was just slightly b*llsier sounding which served some of the material better than Poley.

Then we have Van Halen and Van Hagar, but your theory bears out here, even though they still sustained commercial success, Van Hagar just wasn't as Rock and Roll as it was with Roth's Hair Metal Progenitor Incarnation and instead, it all became more of an AOR Melodic Rock kind of an affair.

Then there's AC/DC. How do you choose which version is better? The Bon Scott original version, which I like a little better than the more straight ahead Brian Johnson version. Still, gems like the song "Ballbreaker", one of my faves with Brian Johnson are hard to imagine with anyone else singing it and unfortunately, is a comparison we'll never be able to truly make, for obvious reasons.

However, we do agree on one thing... I don't like this new singer. But his guitar work still dazzles. I just go to watch him run circles around so many out there including Blades, sorry.

Really wish these guys could get back together. Is it really gonna hit their wallets that hard? They actually might wind up makin' more cuz they can probably charge more as I believe they would be more in demand because of (a) the resurgence of Glam Metal and (b) the splash of them playing together again.

One interesting thing may be an unintended result of having two versions out there at once. They get twice the PR. Gotta wonder if that helps sales of the back catalogue on iTunes or some kind of bump somewhere (no, I didn't mean those kinds, though it more than likely helps those, too, hahaha!!!).

p.s. Kenny O! Ever heard Flame? Check 'em out on Al's latest post. I'm tellin' ya, their first album, "Blaze", is right up your alley!
October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I will agree that the Paul Laine 'cockroach' was far superior to Poley's.
October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Here is my take. I like Phil's version better. One reason is I like Phil as a person. He's just a nice guy and he seems to just like doing what he's doing. Tracii on the other hand seems like an opportunist and a gambler and so far every gamble he's took sucks. GnR to LA Guns obvious fail. LA Guns American Hardcore cd, Brides Of Destruction. Now I've never met Tracii before we were on the same bill and LA Guns did watch our entire set. Phil even commented on stage to some of my stage antics and years later he, Steve and myself laughed at some of the stuff that happened on that tour. Tracii just didn't seem interested in talking to me and that's fine everyone has a bad day. So, I have no personal opinion on Tracii. Business wise he seems to make some seriously bad decisions. I think Dilana is just a bad choice all around. She's no more legit than Marty Casey and her stage presence is non existent. One less footstep and she could be a statue. Her voice is mediocre at best and she drinks while performing which means a serious tour would do some serious damage to her vocal chords ( ie she'll be Vince Neil or Joe Elliot in no time ) Tracii also just replaced his son in the new version of LA Guns. Which means he's either not even loyal to his own son or his son wanted the %uck out. Either way it doesn't look good. I'll be the first one to stand up for a musician. I would never talk anyone out of going to see either version of LA Guns or buying or not buying their cd's. I just think Tracii is grasping at straws again and it doesn't look good from a business point of view. I'm amazed Tracii never tried to get back with Axl Rose when Buckethead left. It may have been a legitimate move for both GnR and Tracii. These are just my opinions and I wish both bands the best of everything. As I wish no one in this business failure but I'll point it out if I see it.

BTW I like Ted Poley as a friend and the lead singer of Danger Danger. I love Cockroach and I like Paul Laine's version but every other cd that Paul was on sucked. Dawn, For The Hard Way and The Great Gildersleeves all were sub par songs in comparison to anything else Danger Danger had done with Ted. Hey once again these are my opinions and I bought the cd's so the joke was on me.
October 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlonghairedrocker
Awesome me glimpse behind-the-scenes, Long Haired Rocker. I agree with ya on two points regarding L.A. Guns -- Phil IS a nice guy. I met him backstage at M3 a couple of years back on the VIP deck. This was no "meet and greet" scenario -- the entire band hung out for like an hour mingling with the crowd. Phil was cordial, funny and engaged in my conversation with him despite in a hilarious scene where he had to talk over two chicks who were having a catfight over him. And the dude even complimented me on my impromptu back-up vocals from the audience. Meanwhile, I'm just some schlubbo with a VIP pass. Gotta say he shows a lotta class.

AND Tracii seems like a tortured soul with too much talent and not much in the common sense department. I'm with ya on him joining G'n'R but I guess those were cards Axl and Traccii aren't playing. I wonder if it ever even occurs to those two to get back together.

Here's a solution for a band who's members don't get along and have two versions out on the road. Just set up on opposite sides of the stage and perform simultaneously. In the case of L.A. Guns, Tracii and Phil would take the lead guitar and lead vocal position, respectively.

In all seriousness, I do hope G'n'R re-unite on stage at R'RHOF. Here's hop in'.

p.s. Long Haired Rocker. I more than appreciate your candor and insight, as well as respect your desire for anonymity. Would you, however, consider revealing the name of your band? I saw the original line-up of L.A. Guns 5 times back in the day and just wonderin' if I saw yer band on the same bill. This is much about wanting to trigger my memory banks as much as it is wonderin' if I own any of your music. Please consider this. It's an honor to have your presence among us and I mean that with utmost sincerity. I'm sure all of the BBGer's appreciate your comments and back stage perspective and might be curious to know more about your band as part of our cause to shed more and more light on great Glam Metal of the day! Thanks!
October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
And have you ever heard Flame, "Blaze"? Can't seem to get anyone to bite on this. p.s. Thanx, Kenny O, hahaha!!! Where IS the LOVE?!
October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

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