LA GUNS frontman Phil Lewis has revealed he posed as a psychic and worked as a magician’s assistant during the band’s lowest ebb.
Speaking in the latest edition of Classic Rock magazine, the 61-year-old Englishman – now reunited with guitarist foil Tracii Guns – says he took several odd jobs to make ends meet in the late 1990s.
“I was recording a solo album at the time and I had my baby girl in the other room, watching her on the video monitor,” Lewis is quoted as saying.
“Every now and then the phone would go, this three-ring alarm, which indicated it would be from the psychic hotline.
“It was real basic psychology. Even though I knew nothing, I was pretty blood good at it. ‘You’re a Leo, Asparagus rising’, you know.
“The people who were calling weren’t too bright. I felt like I was exploiting them. I stopped after a couple of weeks.”
Of the job with the magician, he explained: “I was doing the sound while people pretended to be chickens.”
Lewis and Guns last year released their well-received reunion album, The Missing Peace.