With an image and sound that evoke Alice Cooper slumming it up in a 3.2 beer joint, '80s rockers L.A. Guns have managed to project their tractor-pull cred and white-tank-top enthusiasm upon multiple generations of American rock lovers. Frontman Tracii Guns has shown a remarkable tolerance for the shade of greater monuments; his band has derived much of its fame from being a AAA farm team for big-league acts (three early members, Axl Rose included, went on to form Guns N' Roses). Forever a bridesmaid, L.A. Guns have supported big names like AC/DC and Def Leppard over the last two decades, earning them points among the rock nouveau who trade obscure metal morsels while congregating around the jukebox at Grumpy's Tavern. So pay close attention during their performance — that next Triple Rock Trivia championship question may be riding on it.
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