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House of Blues; Las Vegas; 11/29/02

Reviewed by Richard Fenkel

There is no doubt that the House of Blues is one of the best concert venues in Las Vegas. This is a fact and it goes undisputed! It is also no surprise that LA Guns and Great White picked the HOB Las Vegas as their venue of choice to perform for the Vegas faithful.

Vegas rock fans love their L.A. Guns. In fact, the Guns consider Vegas a second home. Every time they stop and invade Sin City, fans go crazy. They are one of the hard rock groups who just put on a high energy show every time. Yes, every time!!!

In addition to the group's overall raw energy, Phil Lewis is one charismatic frontman. He is the lead throat who consistently sounds great. His voice was loud and clear. Also Phil's interaction with the fans did not go unnoticed. His stage presence puts him at the top the hard rock game. Phil is one cool rock star! English Charm with rock attitude!!!!

Besides Phil, L.A. Guns looked a little different. Unfortunately, the talented Tracii Guns did not show. I do not know why! But Phil was backed by Brent Muscat, a veteran guitar player who has played with Faster Pussycat and guitarist Keri Kelli who has played with Ratt. These guys were kick ass. They exhibit all the attitude and looks but more importantly have the talent to make the L.A. Guns music sound bombastic. 

Even though the stage was filled with talent, the show was too short. The guys played for about 35 to 40 minutes. It was a short set, but one of the best sets I have witnessed in a long time. Because of the short performances, the guys played as many tunes as possible throwing in a few favorites such as "Kiss My Love Good-bye," "One More Reason," and "Ballad of Jane" which was the final song for the evening. A classic ballad track that put fans in a singing trance. Every one on the floor was singing along with Phil Lewis.

All those songs are great, however, the new album, "Waking the Dead," is a throwback to old school L.A. Guns. This album rocks. Songs such as "Waking The Dead" and "Revolution" are kick ass. This album is a must buy. 

Great White also invaded the House of Blues with a mission to rock the Las Vegas fans. As did L.A. Guns, Great White delivered. Jack Russell and company were awesome. This was one double bill that gives rock music a good name. 

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