L.A. Guns was the forerunner of the LA sleaze scene. Like Guns N' Roses, LA Guns blended punk with dirty rock n roll and gave it a distinctly metal edge. With the third album they cultivated a "vampire" image as the wind went out of the sleaze scene's sails and eventually Guns was fired and the band split. A year later LA Guns reformed and continued with a variety of vocalists until Lewis returned in 1999. "Man in the Moon" and "Waking the Dead" saw LA Guns developing a heavier sound than ever and stand as possibly the band's best albums but Guns left the band almost before the second of those was released. The group still exists. Original bass player Ole Beich died of an apparent suicide in 1991.