L.A. Guns fans were shocked a few weeks ago when the band issued an announcement that stated Michael Grant was leaving the band. Grant had been added as a guitarist while Tracii Guns was not involved in the band. If he was going to be booted out we all expected it would happen when Tracii returned. Instead the lineup continued with both great guitarists until a few days ago.
L.A. Guns official Facebook page featured this announcement:
Michael Grant Leaves L.A. Guns, effective March 5 LOS ANGELES, CA (March 7, 2018) – Michael Grant announced that he left L.A. Guns effective March 5 to pursue other interests including his solo project, Michael Grant & The Assassins. L.A. Guns thanks Michael for his contributions, and we wish him all the best with his future endeavors.
Michael Grant appeared on the Eddie Trunk show on Monday March 19, 2018 for an interview. Of course the topic was his leaving the band, since that's been on music website headlines since the post appeared on the L.A. Guns Facebook page. From Michael's telling of the story everyone in the band was sad that he left except for one person- Phil Lewis. While the band released an announcement that Grant was no longer with the band, Grant claims it wasn't his choice, he was fired from L.A. Guns and it had nothing to do with Tracii Guns being back in the band.
Looks to me like the band was trying to allow him a bit of respect and not make a full disclosure of the story behind his leaving the band. Apparently Michael Grant wasn't satisfied with that and wanted to tell his side of the story. You can listen to his interview with Eddie Trunk in the video below.
The comments section on both the L.A. Guns announcement and the Eddie Trunk YouTube video of the interview are filled with fans that have expressed anger, dismay and support for both sides of this happening. While we, as fans may be shocked by lineup changes, the band members themselves face difficult decisions and many times when someone leaves a band it is like breaking up a family. We experience that vicariously from the outside, and no one is scared to share their opinion on the internet so before you visit the comments sections pop some popcorn or mix yourself a drink.
Despite interviews and reports that get one side of the story or the other, there is always what happened behind the scenes to consider. We don't know why Grant was fired, but we do know that L.A. Guns is a band that is back on the upswing with their newest album and the reunion of Lewis and Guns. We wish Michael Grant the best but can't help but wonder why he wouldn't take the graceful out that he was offered.
Metal Sludge offered a follow up post to their original report of Grant being fired with more details and a list of possible transgressions by Grant that may have led up to whatever the most recent thing that happened being the last straw with the other members of the band.