PHIL LEWIS Explains LA GUNS’ Latest Drummer Change

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


earlier this month, Duncan joined LA GUNS as the replacement for Shane Fitzgibbonwho had played with the band from 2016 to 2019 and again from 2021 until his latest departure.

After Metal Sludge‘s Stevie Rachelle shared a link on Facebook to an article about LA GUNS‘ latest drummer switch, Louis took to the comments section to explain Fitzgibon‘s exit from the group. He wrote: “Scotty Coogan is spread pretty thin with various touring comments this summer and Shane Fitzgibon who was going to do the tour just found out his wife is pregnant and wants to stay close to her so Traci [Guns, L.A. GUNS guitarist] invited Shawn Duncan down for a blow and it’s sounded great right out the gate.

“Bands of our genre and size have to be fluid with members, of course we hate to see anyone go but the reality is we can’t afford to pay members when we’re not working so obviously the decks gonna shuffle.

“Me and .” T are tight as two old ladies Johnny Martin [bass] is amazing and truth is I joined his band when I agreed to the reunion and incredibly fortunately we still have Ace Von Johnson [guitar] in the fold.

“Rehearsals sounded great and were fully cocked and loaded for the Summer tour”.

Duncan has recorded with and/or appeared on stage with a number of notable hard rock musicians over the years, including 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).

last november Coogana veteran session drummer who has also played with Ace Frehley, LYNCH MOB and Lita Fordaccused Louis of “conjuring up” a reason for his exit from the group. Specifically, he denied Louis‘s assertion that Coogan quit LA GUNS because he “didn’t have a studio” where he could lay down the drum tracks for the band’s latest album, Checked Pastresulting in LA GUNS‘ decision to enlist longtime engineer Adam Hamilton to play on the record instead.

As for the real reason he left LA GUNS, Coogan said: “To be honest, the reason I made that decision is because I have moved on. I enjoy playing with Tiffany and Stephen Percy. And there was confusion about these dates that came up with LA GUNS. Because I was told we weren’t gonna tour until New Year’s. And so I had dates planned. And then they said, ‘Oh, you have to do these shows.’ And I said, ‘I can’t.’ So there was all that. And then the way that was handled — I’m not gonna say any names or anything, but the way it was handled, I just got a real bad taste in my mouth. And I said, ‘You know what, guys? I’m gonna bow out and do what I’m doing now,’ which is the Tiffany band and Stephen Percy. And I’m very happy — I’m very healthy and happy doing those two gigs right now. And I didn’t want to go back and have things be weird with LA GUNS. So I just decided to quit.”

LA GUNS recently announced a 40-date US tour for this spring, summer and winter. The trek will kick off on June 1 in Liverpool, New York and will run through New Year’s Eve in West Hollywood, California.

Checked Past was released last November via Frontiers Music Srl. The effort marked LA GUNS‘ third album since the 2016 reunion of the band’s core members Louis and Guns. It follows 2017’s “The Missing Peace” and 2019’s “The Devil You Know”.

In April 2021, a settlement was reached between drummer Steve Riley and Guns and Louis over the rights to the LA GUNS name. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Guns and Louis continue to operate under the LA GUNS trademark, while Riley and his bandmates from the other version of LA GUNS will now operate under the new name RILEY’S LA GUNS.

LA GUNS was formed in 1983 and have sold over six million records, including 1988’s “LA Guns” and 1990’s “Cocked And Loaded”both of which were certified gold. “Cocked And Loaded” contained the hit single “The Ballad Of Jayne” that went to No. 33 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 and No. 25 on the Mainstream Rock charts. From the mid-’90s to the mid 2000s, LA GUNS continued to tour and release new music. Following their successful performance at SiriusXM‘s Hair Nation festival in September 2016, LA GUNS went into the studio to record the critically acclaimed “The Missing Peace”which was the highest-selling release for Frontiers Music Srl in 2017. Their 12th album, “The Devil You Know”was released in 2019 to the same critical acclaim.

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