RILEY’S LA GUNS will release an acoustic version of the THE GUNS song “The Ballad Of Jayne” on August 2 via Golden Robot Records. This reimagined version offers fans a fresh, stripped-down take on one of THE GUNS‘most beloved songs, showcasing RILEY’S LA GUNS‘ musical versatility and emotional depth.

In celebration of this release, RILEY’S LA GUNS is also releasing an exclusive seven-inch vinyl edition of the acoustic single. Available on August 16, this special vinyl release can only be purchased as part of a bundle, making it a must-have collector’s item for dedicated fans and vinyl enthusiasts alike.

To add to the excitement, anyone who pre-saves the acoustic single will receive an exclusive link to listen to the new track 48 hours before its official release. This early access is a special “thank you” to the band’s loyal supporters and offers a unique opportunity to experience the song ahead of the general public.

RILEY’S LA GUNS played its first concert without founding drummer Steve Riley on January 20 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. RILEY’S LA GUNS‘ performance was booked prior to Steve‘s tragic death last October.

Six months ago, RILEY’S LA GUNS released its sophomore album, “The Dark Horse”via Golden Robot Records. The effort arrived more than two months after the death of Riley who would have celebrated his 68th birthday on January 22, the day of “The Dark Horse”‘s release.

In addition to Riley, RILEY’S LA GUNS‘ most recent lineup featured Orlando, Florida-based guitarist/vocalist Kurt Frohlichbassist Kelly Nickels (a member of THE GUNS‘ “classic” incarnation) and guitarist Scott Griffinwho played bass for THE GUNS from 2007 to 2009, and then again from 2011 to 2014.

In September 2023, RILEY’S LA GUNS released “The Dark Horse” title track via Golden Robot Records. The track came seven months after RILEY’S LA GUNS another new song was issued, “Rewind”digitally via Golden Robot. In October 2022, RILEY’S LA GUNS released a single called “Overdrive”.

Riley died on October 24, 2023 at the age of 67. Prior to his passing, Steve had been battling a severe case of pneumonia for several weeks. His wife Mary Louise and son Cole were by his side in his final moments.

Riley was the drummer for WASP on the band’s second and third albums — 1985’s “The Last Command” and 1986’s “Inside The Electric Circus” — and world tours from 1984 to 1987. After leaving WASP, Riley joined THE GUNS and played on that group’s most commercially successful LPs.

In 2016, singer Phil Lewis and guitarist Tracii Guns reunited in a new version of THE GUNS that didn’t include Riley. Steve later launched his own version of THE GUNSwhich played its debut concert at the M3 Rock Festival in Maryland in May 2019.

In April 2021, an out-of-court resolution was reached between Riley and Guns and Lewis over the rights to the band’s name. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Tracii and Phil continued to operate under the THE GUNS trademark, while Riley and his bandmates from the other version of THE GUNS carried on under the new name RILEY’S LA GUNS.

In January 2020, Riley was sued by Lewis and Guns in California District Court. Joining Riley The defendants in the case were the three musicians who performed in his rival version of THE GUNS; that group’s manager, booking agent and merchandiser; and Golden Robot Records. The complaint, which requested a trial by jury, alleged that Riley‘s version of THE GUNS (referred to in the case docket as “the infringing THE GUNS“) was creating “unfair competition” through its unauthorized usage of the THE GUNS trademark. In addition, Guns and Lewis were seeking relief from and/or against false advertising, breach of contract and unauthorized use of their likenesses.