Singer Phil Lewis doubts Steve Riley’s version of L.A. Guns will exist in 2018
L.A. Guns lead vocalist Phil Lewis was recently interviewed by Joel Gausten for www.joelgausten.com and spoke about the process of reuniting with guitarist Tracii Guns and eventually releasing the new studio album The Missing Peace together this year.
Lewis formally quit Riley‘s version of L.A. Guns back in December 2016 before joining Tracii Guns‘ version of the band.
In terms of whether there is any chance of drummer Steve Riley‘s incarnation of L.A. Guns also existing in 2018, Lewis opined “I doubt it… It’s nothing to do with me. When I was out of the band, Tracii and Riley registered the band’s name and split it 50-50 with no stipulations whatsoever. They’re both free to use it, but it was a terribly low time in the band’s history when there were two versions of the same band at the same time playing. It was very confusing, but we did get the dubious award for the highest band member [turnover] in Spinal Tap history. I think we’ve got 47 people out there saying that they were once members of L.A. Guns.
Lewis went on to say” “Things had kind of gotten a bit stale [with Riley],” he adds. “We hadn’t put anything out for over five years since [2012’s] Hollywood Forever, which I thought was a great record. I was always bugging Steve to get back in the studio, but he just wasn’t into it.”
Lewis also pointed out during the interview that he gave Riley his notice “a least a year before” recording The Missing Peace.
You can read the rest of the interview with Lewis at www.joelgausten.com.