L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns recently spoke with Dawn Osborne of TotalRock about settling the band’s trademark lawsuit with former drummer Stephen Riley and their forthcoming new studio album, Checkered Past. Excerpts from the discussion appear below (as transcribed by

Guns stated,  “We just settled this lawsuit a couple of days ago. And I’ll let the press release explain how it’s gonna work from here on out. But nobody can just be L.A. Guns except me forever. And it worked out… I would have liked to have taken it further, but that motherf–ker has no money.”

“All this thing has been for 15 years is a complete negative waste of time and energy,” he continued. “But I ended up in a position where I could go after the guy. And it was the right thing to do. You can’t let people take advantage of you. And that’s kind of classic in my life. I’m really generous with people, and I wanna see everybody succeed. But if you take advantage of me, man… Sometimes I wish there were no laws. Because some people are so selfish.”

Discussing their forthcoming new studio album, Checkered Past, which is due in the fall of 2021, Guns explained, “It’s a f–king another monster record. I guess we’re old and we give a s–t about the records now. L.A. Guns fans will love it. It’s different than The Missing Peace and it’s different than The Devil You Know. Well, people got a taste from [the previously released single] Let You Down (Dana’s note: which can be heard here); that’s on that record.”

“We have what a core L.A. Guns fan would be really excited about, like these fast, hard-hitting inventive riffs — stuff like that — which is great,” he continued. “But L.A. Guns fans are gonna buy the record; they’re gonna ultimately hear those songs no matter what. But there’s some other things on that record, like Let You Down, which are — I hate to use an overused term — but they’re genuinely epic pieces of music. And they’re great songs — they’re not just epic musically; they’re great songs — more ’70s, I suppose.”

In most recent L.A. Guns news, the band have announced that they will release a new live album, Cocked & Loaded Live on July 9th. Read more details about this release, here, and to  pre-order, please go here.

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  • Dana on

    I just re-listened to Let You Down, and I must say, it seems as though their music has become far darker over the years, not only in sound, but subject matter.

    To each their own, but I much prefer the old Cocked and Loaded era of L.A. Guns.

    • Doug R. on

      I agree, there’s already way too much darkness in the world today, and personally, I’ve had more than enough of it. Sick and tired of dark and depressing music, there’s already way too much of that in the world today as well. This new song doesn’t sound like anything from the ’70s to me, not even close.

  • jeff weaver on

    Hi Dana. What about John Sykes Gates of Hell? That one is very very dark and I know how much of a Sykes fan you are.

    • Dana on

      Yes Jeff, you are right, I think I bombard you guys with my love for him-LOL

      As for the song, it definitely is not one of my favorites.

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