On Jan. 18, Lesli Sanders, of international touring band Prophets Of Addiction, will play his first solo acoustic show in Tacoma in more than a year. After taking that time off to help his mom care for his ailing father until his final days, Sanders is looking forward to returning to The Valley, the day after his mom’s 75thbirthday, with guitar in hand and a set of songs that continue to receive high praise from fans and critics alike.
A must have for any rock fan are Sanders’ solo acoustic CDs “Nothing but the Truth” (with guitarist Glenn “G.G.” Gilbert), along with “The Haunting Truth of My Self Portrait” and “My Eyes are Greener on the Other Side.” For his Jan. 18 gig, Sanders will pull from these and more.
About “My Eyes are Greener…,” rock journalist Neil Arnold wrote for Metal Forces: “The EP opens with the staggering brilliant acoustic strum for ‘Here for You,’ probably the simplest yet most magical track I have heard in a long, long time. And with that, the heart strings are truly tugged. Sanders conjures up the sort of primal feeling that only Donnie Vie (ex-Enuff Z’ Nuff) could match for sentimentality.”
Sanders has lived the rock-n-roll life for more than 30 years. Back when grunge was all the rage, Sanders didn’t fall into this trend but rather formed the glam band Talks Cheap. Moving to Hollywood, he became a denizen of the Sunset Strip scene and, among his musical achievements, he joined Pretty Boy Floyd as bassist and was the chief songwriter for the band’s “Size Really Does Matter” CD. Sanders other bands include City Girls’ Boys, Queeny Blast Pop, Tramp Alley, and he was also touring bassist for Marky Ramone (Ramones) and Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns).
As lead vocalist and bassist for the Prophets of Addiction, 2011’s “Babylon Boulevard” debut brought Sanders a whole new crop of fans.
The Valley is located at 1206 Puyallup Ave. Show is at 9 p.m.,
$10 donation suggested.