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L.A. Guns/Enuff Z'Nuff Live in Milan

By Tokemaster General, Contributor
Sunday, May 4, 2003 @ 9:28 AM


L.A. Guns & Enuff Z'Nuff Live

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REVIEW BY: Quireboy

It was Saturday, and we all know how that is a rocking night, and what better way to prove it than a Enuff Z'Nuff/L.A.Guns gig?

The show was held at the glorious "Indian Saloon," a small club (200-250 people capacity) that in the last few years helped the hard rock scene in Italy grow a lot (together with "Transylvania" clubs). When I arrived it seemed immediately clear to me that the club was TOO TOO small! In fact, the venue was EXTREMELY packed. After the arrival of Pretty Boy Floyd last month (another packed show), Milan was ready to another hard rock event: is something changing? I don't know, but I enjoyed the show!

I was never a big Enuff Z'Nuff fan, I think they're probably among the best MUSICIANS of the '80s rock bands, but I find them a little bit boring after 4 or 5 songs. However, Donnie and Chip came out and the people seemed to really like them. Though with a "Noel Gallagher-like" look, I found Donnie in great shape. They performed some new and old material, ending with a tremendous (in the right way!) David Bowie cover. All in all, a satisfying show.

But the heat of the night was L.A. Guns, and all I have to say is: energy! For those who have slept during the last months, their new line-up is:

Phil Lewis vocals
Keri Kelli - (amazing) guitar
Brent Muscat - guitar
Adam Hamilton - bass
Steve Riley - (pounding) drums

I admit I was a little skeptical for Tracii's departure -- hey, he was the man in that band! But I immediately had to change my idea: this is one of the most energetic shows I've ever seen! The band was one thing and, believe me, Keri Kelli is a blast on stage! I also heard from many parts that Phil's vocals were often bad on tour: well, not that night! He was the master of the stage and his final scream on "Don't Look at Me That Way" really impressed everyone.

They performed old and new stuff and, to my much surprise, every song had the same, incredible response from the crowd. The guys themselves were clearly surprised by how everyone screamed every single word of each song!

Highlights of the show were surely a cut (sigh!) version of "Crystal Eyes," during which Phil was forced to stop singing by the overwhelming scream of the crowd, who continued the entire song alone(!!!), "Beautiful" from Man in the Moon, which has finally become a classic (with the crowd screaming again), "Sex Action" and "Hellraiser's Ball."

Well, finally, what I can say is: don't lose the opportunity to see this band live, it's a powerful experience. I think L.A. Guns should look at Italy more and more for the following years...

God bless Keri Kelli!



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