Tracii Guns – LA Guns out front of Gallin’s (2010)

Here’s Tracii photographed outside the Gallin’s MPS store in Windsor after our managing director Leah Gallin met him after his show at Back In The Day in Melbourne. He emailed Leah this photo with the caption: Hi Leah have a great day, I just robbed your store love Tracii x

Tracii Guns, is an American musician best known as the founder of glam metal group L.A. Guns, as well as the supergroups Brides of Destruction and Contraband. He was also a founding member of Guns N’ Roses, but left shortly afterwards and was replaced by guitarist Slash.

L.A. Guns was formed by Guns in 1983, initially with singer Mike Jagosz, bassist Ole Beich, and drummer Rob Gardner. After Jagosz was arrested in a bar fight, Bill Rose (later known as Axl Rose) joined the band as singer. Rose had previously fronted Hollywood Rose, backed by Izzy Stradlin and Chris Weber. Rose’s stint in the band was short-lived and Guns joined a newly reunited Hollywood Rose (alongside Rose, Stradlin, Gardner, and Steve Darrow).

Shortly afterwards, L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose merged bands to become Guns N’ Roses, with the lineup consisting of Guns, Rose, Stradlin, Gardner, and Beich. Guns, Beich, and Gardner would exit Guns N’ Roses just two months into the new band, with Guns leaving after an argument with Rose, claiming “It just wasn’t fun anymore.” Guns was replaced by Slash, while Gardner and Beich were replaced by Steven Adler and Duff McKagan respectively, forming the “classic lineup” of Guns N’ Roses.