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by Martin Popoff
"But there was no question that we wanted to get back together. And nowadays, we need all the strength we can get. We don't have a lot of outlets. We don't have a lot of radio or TV. So with the original version of any band, there's just a lot more strength. We went through some lean times with singers filling in for Phil. It's just a hard sell, a very difficult sell. There were a lot of big explanations as to what the band was about except we never really got to the point that it was L.A. Guns. But I'll tell you, when we started working on the Greatest Hits album, that's when we knew. And from those recording sessions we gradually got back together and disbanded what we had been working on separately. And since then, everybody's been really happy that we did it."
Phil Lewis says his voice has been strengthened by the raft of tribute albums he's been involved with. "Well, in the late '90s, like 1999, I've been doing all these tribute albums. I did like 20 of them, and some really far-reaching stuff, like Ted Nugent, Journey To The Centre Of Your Mind, Mr. Roboto, Hot Rockin' for Priest. Those are three I particularly nailed, particularly the Judas Priest one and it really, really made me good, just doing this other stuff, just because of the caliber of the original artists."