Phil Lewis reveals drummer Scot Coogan no longer in L.A. Guns

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Phil Lewis reveals drummer Scot Coogan no longer in L.A. Guns

L.A. Guns frontman Phil Lewis was recently interviewed by Robert Cavuoto for Metal-Rules and revealed that there have been some line-up changes within the band prior to the release of the upcoming studio album Checkered Past, which will be available via Frontiers Music Srl on November 12, 2021.

When asked whether L.A. Guns are in a good place with the right people, Lewis revealed (with slight edits): “Well, I would like to say yeah, but not really. Everything is cool with Johnny [Martin], our bass player, and Adam [Hamilton], who is our engineer. He has done everything from playing bass, rhythm guitar, and this time he played drums. Because of the pandemic, we needed to record with someone who had their own setup, and Adam had it. As much as we would have liked to have brought our touring drummer Scot Coogan in, it just wasn’t possible. He didn’t have a studio, and we didn’t have a way to get him over to Adam. So, unfortunately, he decided to quit. Which is fine; he is a busy guy and involved in a lot of other projects.

We wish him well, and I understand his frustration that we have an album coming out, and he isn’t on it. So, we got Shane Fitzgibbon back on drums. He is a wonderful boy; I mean, a cool guy who played on the first two albums during the reunion. He agreed to come back and fill in for a bunch of shows. We are not sure how long he will stick around because he is committed to other projects in LA. That’s the reason he is not in the band in the first place. So, we have been in a little bit of turmoil there, finding a great drummer with a great personality. We did take a hit, and I’m really upset about it; we just have to roll with it and move on.”

You can read the rest of the interview with Phil Lewis at Metal-Rules‘ website.