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PHIL LEWIS Explains L.A. GUNS’ Latest Drummer Change

L.A. GUNS singer Phil Lewis has commented on the addition of drummer Shawn Duncan to the group’s ranks.

Earlier this month, Duncan joined L.A. GUNS because the substitute for Shane Fitzgibbon, who had performed with the band from 2016 to 2019 and once more from 2021 till his newest departure.

After Metallic Sludge‘s Stevie Rachelle shared a hyperlink on Fb to an article about L.A. GUNS‘ newest drummer swap, Lewis took to the feedback part to clarify Fitzgibon‘s exit from the group. He wrote: “Scotty Coogan is unfold fairly skinny with numerous touring feedback this summer season and Shane Fitzgibon who was going to do the tour simply discovered his spouse is pregnant and needs to remain near her so Tracii [Guns, L.A. GUNS guitarist] invited Shawn Duncan down for a blow and it is sounded nice proper out the gate.

“Bands of our style and measurement should be fluid with members, after all we hate to see anybody go however the actuality is we won’t afford to pay members after we’re not working so clearly the decks gonna shuffle.

“Me and T are tight as two previous women Johnny Martin [bass] is superb and fact is I joined his band once I agreed to the reunion and extremely thankfully we nonetheless have Ace Von Johnson [guitar] within the fold.

“Rehearsals sounded nice and had been absolutely cocked and loaded for the Summer time tour”.

Duncan has recorded with and/or appeared on stage with quite a few notable arduous rock musicians through the years, together with Dizzy Reed (GUNS N’ ROSES),Jack Russell and Mark Kendall (GREAT WHITE),Gilby Clarke (GUNS N’ ROSES),Frank Hannon (TESLA) and Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT).

Final November, Coogan, a veteran session drummer who has additionally performed with Ace Frehley, LYNCH MOB and Lita Ford, accused Lewis of “conjuring up” a purpose for his exit from the group. Particularly, he denied Lewis‘s assertion that Coogan stop L.A. GUNS as a result of he “did not have a studio” the place he may lay down the drum tracks for the band’s newest album, “Checkered Previous”, leading to L.A. GUNS‘ resolution to enlist longtime engineer Adam Hamilton to play on the file as an alternative.

As for the actual purpose he left L.A. GUNS, Coogan mentioned: “To be sincere, the explanation I made that call is as a result of I’ve moved on. I take pleasure in enjoying with Tiffany and Stephen Pearcy. And there was confusion about these dates that got here up with L.A. GUNS. As a result of I used to be advised we weren’t gonna tour till New Yr’s. And so I had dates deliberate. After which they mentioned, ‘Oh, you must do these reveals.’ And I mentioned, ‘I am unable to.’ So there was all that. After which the way in which that that was dealt with — I am not gonna say any names or something, however the way in which it was dealt with, I simply acquired an actual dangerous style in my mouth. And I mentioned, ‘You understand what, guys? I am gonna bow out and do what I am doing now,’ which is the Tiffany band and Stephen Pearcy. And I am very blissful — I am very wholesome and blissful doing these two gigs proper now. And I did not wish to return and have issues be bizarre with L.A. GUNS. So I simply determined to stop.”

L.A. GUNS just lately introduced a 40-date U.S. tour for this spring, summer season and winter. The trek will kick off on June 1 in Liverpool, New York and can run by way of New Yr’s Eve in West Hollywood, California.

“Checkered Previous” was launched final November by way of Frontiers Music Srl. The trouble marked L.A. GUNS‘ third album for the reason that 2016 reunion of the band’s core members Lewis and Weapons. It follows 2017’s “The Lacking Peace” and 2019’s “The Satan You Know”.

In April 2021, a settlement was reached between drummer Steve Riley and Weapons and Lewis over the rights to the L.A. GUNS title. Below the phrases of the settlement settlement, Weapons and Lewis proceed to function below the L.A. GUNS trademark, whereas Riley and his bandmates from the opposite model of L.A. GUNS will now function below the brand new title RILEY’S L.A. GUNS.

L.A. GUNS was fashioned in 1983 and have bought over six million data, together with 1988’s “L.A. Weapons” and 1990’s “Cocked And Loaded”, each of which had been licensed gold. “Cocked And Loaded” contained the hit single “The Ballad Of Jayne” that went to No. 33 on Billboard‘s Sizzling 100 and No. 25 on the Mainstream Rock charts. From the mid-’90s to the mid 2000s, L.A. GUNS continued to tour and launch new music. Following their profitable efficiency at SiriusXM‘s Hair Nation competition in September 2016, L.A. GUNS went into the studio to file the critically acclaimed “The Lacking Peace”, which was the highest-selling launch for Frontiers Music Srl in 2017. Their twelfth album, “The Satan You Know”, was launched in 2019 to the identical vital acclaim.

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