L.A. Guns reveal details of new album Checkered Past, share hard-rocking new single, Knock Me Down

Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns
(Image credit: Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images)

Los Angeles outfit L.A. Guns have offered new details on their forthcoming album, Checkered Past, sharing a brand-new single, Knock Me Down.

A mid-tempo hard-rocker driven throughout by crunchy electric guitars – and with a classic rock-style solo at the 2:49 mark courtesy of lead guitarist and Guns N' Roses founding member Tracii Guns – Knock Me Down is, as the band explain, a mere snapshot of the album as a whole.

Arriving November 12 via Frontiers Music Srl, the LP is divided up into “sets” or “suites," where a musical style is explored across several songs before moving onto the next. Check out Knock Me Down below.

The forthcoming album is L.A. Guns' third since the 2016 reunion of the band's core members Tracii Guns and frontman Phil Lewis. It follows 2017's The Missing Peace and 2019's The Devil You Know.

Knock Me Down is the second single from the LP, following the moody, down-tempo Let You Down, which was released last year. Check out the album's tracklisting below.

  1. Cannonball
  2. Bad Luck Charm
  3. Living Right Now
  4. Get Along
  5. If It's Over Now
  6. Better Than You
  7. Knock Me Down
  8. Dog
  9. Let You Down
  10. That Ain't Why
  11. Physical Itch

Checkered Past is available to preorder now (opens in new tab).

Back in April, Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis reached a legal settlement with Steve Riley – who fronts another version of L.A. Guns – over the rights to the name. Under the agreement, Guns and Lewis will continue using the L.A. Guns moniker, while Riley's band will now perform under the name Riley's L.A. Guns.

L.A. Guns – Checkered Past

(Image credit: L.A. Guns)

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar (opens in new tab).