L.A. GUNS has released an official statement regarding the departure of drummer Shane Fitzgibbon and addition of Scot Coogan (LITA FORD, ACE FREHLEY, LYNCH MOB, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION).
The group says: "Now that the dust has settled a bit, we wanted to take this opportunity to clear up any misinformation circulating over social media.
"Our brother, Shane Thomas Fitzgibbon, has left L.A. GUNS to pursue a wonderful career opportunity that came his way. We totally support his decision to move on to the next chapter in his life, and we couldn't be happier for him.
"Shane, you will always be a part of the L.A. GUNS family, and nothing will ever change that.
"We also want to take this opportunity to welcome Scot Coogan to the L.A. GUNS family. Scot is an accomplished drummer and vocalist who has played with Tracii [Guns, L.A. GUNS guitarist] in BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, as well as Ace Frehley and Lita Ford, among others. We are excited and fortunate to have him behind the kit replacing Shane."
Fitzgibbon said in a statement: "Sorry about my ridiculously abrupt departure. I have been working with some people part time in the off season that took a real liking to me and made me a life-changing offer that if I didn't take I would have potentially regretted for the rest of my life.
"To the band: we fucking rule as a band because you all rule individually and I'm confident that the badassery will undoubtedly continue indefinitely. I am so proud to have been a part of this unit and to have made two bad motherfuckin' records with you. This was seriously the most difficult decision I have ever made. I'm pumped that Scot is on board because he is deserving of you guys, and I hope you keep crushing it to infinity and beyond. You're my brothers, and I don't want that to ever change."
According to L.A. GUNS frontman Phil Lewis, Fitzgibbon quit the band "for an amazing studio gig building rooms for [producer] Rick Rubin."
L.A. GUNS will release its new album, "The Devil You Know", on March 29 via Frontiers Music Srl.