Steve Riley's version of L.A. GUNS has inked a deal with Golden Robot Records. The band will enter the studio later this month to record a new album for a tentative spring 2020 release.
In other news, Riley's L.A. GUNS has signed with New Breed Management and the Bigg Time Entertainment Inc. booking agency.
The group said in a statement: "We are very grateful for this opportunity and we want to thank you all for your support throughout the years. Also we are looking forward to seeing you all on tour in 2020."
This version of L.A. GUNS made its live debut this past May at the M3 Rock Festival. The drummer is joined in the group by Orlando, Florida-based guitarist/vocalist Kurt Frohlich, bassist Kelly Nickels (a member of L.A. GUNS' "classic" incarnation) and guitarist Scott Griffin (who played bass for the band from 2007 until 2009, and then again from 2011 to 2014).
M3 was the first time ever that an L.A. GUNS performance did not feature singer Phil Lewis or guitarist Tracii Guns, who are currently playing together in their own version of the band.
A dozen years ago, Frohlich was recruited to front a second incarnation of FASTER PUSSYCAT by three of the group's original members, who were unhappy with both the musical direction of the band and singer Taime Downe's "drunk and erratic performances." At the time, bassist Eric Stacy said that the Frohlich-fronted FASTER PUSSYCAT would perform the band's songs "the way they were written and recorded."
Soon after a European tour in the spring of 2007, the second version of FASTER PUSSYCAT disbanded. The Downe-fronted version of the group continues to tour regularly to this day.
Frohlich has also played with Marky Ramone and a group called THE UNDERGROUND REBELS. He performs acoustically in the greater Orlando area on a regular basis.
Riley is the longest-tenured member of L.A. GUNS, a group he joined shortly before the release of their 1988 self-titled debut. (While he is pictured on the album, he did not actually perform on it.) Although the band has famously featured more than 50 members in its ranks through the years, with the exception of a two-year period in the early 1990s, Riley was the sole constant from 1987 until the end of 2016, when the group that he and Lewis managed to keep alive for nearly 15 years without founding guitarist Guns (who quit the band in 2002, on the eve of the release of their acclaimed album "Waking The Dead") dissolved. Since then, Lewis and Guns — who, after years of acrimony, buried the hatchet in 2016 — have forged ahead as L.A. GUNS while Riley focused on other projects.
The Guns-Lewis version of L.A. GUNS released a new album, "The Devil You Know", in March via Frontiers Music Srl.
UPDATE: We are so pleased to formally announce that we have signed with NEW BREED Management and BIGGTIME INC. is now...