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Phil Lewis unloads on Motley Crue, Poison & Def Leppard.

Phil Lewis unloads on Motley Crue, Poison & Def Leppard.

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Phil Lewis hates arena rock, but wears sun glasses, scarfs & necklaces.


Phil Lewis recently did an interview with the fine folks over at Brave Words. A few of Phil’s comments were about why they turned down the Poison/Def Leppard summer tour. Then he had some friendly exchanges with our locals. Read on.

LA Guns, Phil Lewis Forever

By Mitch LaFon

L.A. GUNS have had more band members than people who immigrated to the US between the years 1975 to 2012, but one thing remains true – PHIL LEWIS is the voice of L.A. Guns. Doesn’t really matter who’s on guitar as long as Phil is singing. Luckily, for Lewis the current line-up featuring guitarist Stacey Blades and drummer Steve Riley have gelled behind the affable frontman and delivered a brilliant new album, Hollywood Forever. Lewis sat down with BraveWords to discuss all things L.A. Guns.

BraveWords: The last time we spoke, you said that there was no purpose in doing new albums and yet here’s Hollywood Forever. What changed?

Phil Lewis: “I stuck to my word. We didn’t do the ‘four song EP’ on iTunes and then do another four. I said back then that if we can’t do an album properly then there’s no point in doing it. Fortunately, at the end of last year we got the opportunity to get a deal with Cleopatra. Essentially, they wanted to completely take over the band. Brian (owner of Cleopatra) wanted to manage us. He’s totally committed to the band and this new record. We have a publicist and we’ve already made three videos. This is totally the way to do it. This is the way we used to do it. I’m real happy about that.”

BW: Will the Hollywood Forever tour be part of a package or are you going out on your own?

PL: “They were talking about putting us on the Poison/DEF LEPPARD package, but I really don’t want to do it. I’m not a fan of arena rock and I’d much rather be playing on our shows. We’ll play much longer sets with lots of stuff from the new record.”

BW: But on the Leppard tour, you could have Phil Collen come out a jam on some GIRL songs with you…

PL: “Perhaps, if we were allowed on stage for more than fourteen minutes. We’d play to a mostly empty house to people who know ‘Ballad Of Jayne’ and perhaps ‘Sex Action’. They couldn’t give a fiddle’s fuck about a new L.A. Guns record, so it’s much much better that we do it ourselves. It’ll be more gruelling, but we’ve still got a few more good years in us yet.”

After some friendly banter with some Metal Sludge locals about this interview Phil lets it all hang out in our Forums with the following post:

I don’t like Arena rock Motley crue with exploding drum sets and migets bore me to death, Poision and Bret’s muscle dance is an embaresment, Deff L going through the motions and mailing it in every night is pathetic. Most off all I don’t like the knuckle heads that go to these ‘Concerts’ Motley Crue dude!!! Thats fine, the fans don’t give a fuck about the music they wanna get drunk and hear the hits and the bands don’t care they just want the outrageous easy money there used to getting and get the hell outa dodge ASAP, When was the last time any of those bands did a free after show meet and greet???

My feelings for music and the people that come and see us are a lot mone sincere and I’m prepared to continue to take the harder path and not play a five song set while people are stumbling into the areana screaming for the balard of Jayne. I think Lita Ford was a good choice and I wish her and all the bands well, I’m delighted we are not doing it but keeping very busy doing our own shows for the rest of the year.

Phil Lewis

Phil is a on and off again regular in our Forums under the name Al Snug. Spell it backwards.

To read Phil’s full interview head over to BraveWords.

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