Phil Lewis states his L.A. Guns reunion with Tracii Guns working now because they are better people
L.A. Guns frontman Phil Lewis was recently interviewed by Jim Barber for Music Life Magazine and spoke about reuniting with guitarist Tracii Guns in the band and their critically acclaimed “reunion’ album The Missing Peace.
Lewis stated: “We started talking about new songs and new music and he started playing me some of his ideas. And that was it, that was the thing that really got me. I thought wouldn’t it be exciting to make a new record in the vein of [1989 hit] Cocked and Loaded, something that is absolutely incredible. And that’s what we did. The Missing Peace is the aptly titled record that we released last year, and it’s a good feeling to be back….
I know it didn’t sell millions of copies and that’s to be expected these days. But it did really well for us. It got critically acclaimed. We got lots of ‘album of the year’ recognition from lots of media outlets, including from Eddie Trunk. And that’s commendable for a band that’s been in the wilderness for the last decade. There is still a lot of chemistry. There is chemistry between Tracii and I and there’s that chemistry when people see us playing together. It’s kind of hard to put into words, its sort of like that expression the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s like for L.A. Guns we are the Townshend and Daltrey, the Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Lennon and McCartney, Plant and Page. When it works it really does work.
And he will tell you that he has played with hundreds of other singers and it’s not the same. We’ve got this thing going and we did from the moment we first started playing together. And it’s good to have that back. And the reason why it’s working, and why there isn’t the sort of problems that there used to be is that I think we have become better people. We’re better people than we were 15, 20 years ago. You grow up, you have kids and responsibilities. You don’t take life for granted like you did when you were in your 20s and you act accordingly.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Lewis at Music Life Magazine.