All L.A. Guns’ Barrels Were Blazing at the Beacon

L.A. Guns at the Beacon Theatre on July 26, 2022. Photo Credit: © Dave Pearson 2022

Hopewell, VA – When my day started on July 26, 2022, outside temperatures were high and my energy was low. I needed something to pump the life back into me. On that day, an evening of L.A. Guns  was my only hope to receive the vital fix at the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, VA. They delivered in a blaze of glory with all barrels blazing!

Opening for L.A. Guns was a local band called Dividing Face, fronted by Garrett Lamb (vocals) with Sonny Mao (guitar), George Odom (drums), and Dan Geddie (bass) blowing the crowd away with about 45 minutes of kick ass local rock talent. 

Dividing Face at the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, VA on 7/26/2022. Photo credit: Dave Pearson

As the intermission between sets came to an end, some instrumental Ozzy emanated from the speakers. In the wings of the stage, I caught a glimpse of the band in a pre-show huddle which set the tone for the tightness of what was to come. 

L.A. Guns, with Tracii Guns (guitar), Phil Lewis (vocals), Shawn Duncan (drums), Johnny Martin (bass) and Ace Von Johnson (guitar), took the stage firing from all barrels and delivering a “Cannonball” salvo, from their Checkered Past album, to the cheering crowd.  

Phil Lewis of L.A. Guns at the Beacon Theatre on 7/26/2022. Photo credit: Dave Pearson

From new to classic, we were then treated “Electric Gypsy” from their 1988 debut album, L.A. Guns. 2 songs in and I was already exhausted by the band’s  energy. We were all ready to be taken “Over the Edge“. 

Having a little fun with the crowd, they asked, “How many alcoholics? (cheers) How many perverts? (more cheers) This song is about us!”, after taking off his jacket, the band and Phil delivered a bit of “Sex Action“. The night was full of action, as the next number was their very first single, “One More Reason“. They joked that even though they were running around in the video getting shot up, “We made it!” We all loved it!

L.A. Guns at the Beacon Theatre on 7/26/2022. Photo credit: Dave Pearson

After a some Motherfu$#ing “Speed” they told us to “Kiss My Love Goodbye“. We were not ready to do so, as there was plenty of music to still be played. Phil stepped aside to ‘powder his nose’ (only for 3 minutes) and we were treated to some Shawn, Johnny, and Ace (singing) blowing us away with a punk piece for the ladies.

Rounding out the night they delivered more high energy “Never Enough” (click the link to see the newly remastered version), “No Mercy” and finished with favorites, “The Ballad of Jayne” going right into “Rip and Tear“. The Beacon audience went nuts. And with that, a wave, and a “Thank you Hopewell” it was over. 

What a refreshing and energizing evening! Looking back, perhaps I was in a bit of rock and roll withdrawal and need a fix. L.A. Guns delivered in a shell shocking manner. 

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L.A. Guns Setlist

Electric Gypsy
Over the Edge
Gone Honey
Sex Action 
It’s Over Now
I Wanna Be Your Man
One More Reason
Kiss My Love Goodbye
A punk piece for the ladies (Ace vocals)
Hells Bells/Never Enough
No Mercy
The Ballad of Jayne
Rip and Tear

Show Date: July 26, 2022

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Dave Pearson is based out of Richmond, VA by way of Hayward, WI. He has long had a passion for music. Growing up in rural Wisconsin, he rocked out to the likes of Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, and The Lettermen. Then, one Saturday night, being the rebel he was born to be, he caught an Alice Cooper interview (it may have been on The Midnight Special) and saw him perform, “Welcome to My Nightmare”. Dave was hooked on Rock and Roll (and many other genres as well). Dave has enjoyed (amateur) photography to some degree most of his adult life. Recently Dave started to apply his event photography skills in various music settings with success. He finds that photographing a performance gives him a much greater appreciation for the artist.