It is a wicked night of old school metal in Louisville as L.A. Guns rock the Mercury Ballroom with Budderside.

It feels like Throwback Thursday at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville as L.A. Guns brings 80’s metal back to the forefront with a hard rocking performance.

Touring together after a 10-year absence, veteran lead singer Phil Lewis and founding member Tracii Guns prove a formidable force as 80’s metal stalwarts L.A. Guns demonstrate that good songs and a good performance stand the test of time.  

Without much fanfare, they take the stage to a crowd with horns in the air, launching into “No Mercy,” “Electric Gypsy” and “Killing Machine” in rapid fire succession.

Over the next 90 minutes L.A. Guns deliver a solid mix of headbanging hits including “Sex Action” (with a little snippet of “Paint it Black”), “One More Reason” and “Over The Edge” mixed in with â€œSpeed” from the new album which combines flavors of Deep Purple & Black Sabbath.

Tracii Guns starts the encore set with a blazing guitar solo with snippets of “Eruption”, “Cat Scratch Fever”, and “Hells Bells” worked in, further amping up the energy in the room.  Like a tornado, they close out the evening with “Never Enough,” “The Ballad of Jayne,” and a smoking rendition of “Rip and Tear” finishing out a fantastic set which leaves fans highly satisfied.   

Providing the main support for the evening, Los Angeles-based Budderside deliver a raw and entertaining set of straight rock and roll at its best.

Touring in support of their self-titled debut album, Budderside blaze through a high-energy set of classic rock and roll featuring several songs from the album, opening with “Open Relationship,” “Ska Bra” and “Genocide”.  Budderside, fronted by vocalist Patrick Stone, (Quiet Riot, Velvet Revolver and Adler’s Appetite) along with the demonstrative Michael “The Stoneman” Stone on bass, the fun loving Rich Sacco on drums (who never stopped smiling the entire show) and Johnny Santoro, (Still Standing, Rock Sugar) on guitar stray from the conventional rock to put their own twist on Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” drawing huge cheers. Budderside close out their rocking set with the first single from the album “Pain”, leaving the venue on a definite high. This is a band to watch.

Unfortunately, due to some unannounced scheduling changes local metal group Year of the Gun’s start time was moved up 30 minutes and several people missed a fun and lively set. 

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Event Date: 29-JUN-2017