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Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum was interviewed by Matt Pinfield yesterday to remember Scott Weiland on SiriusXM, and Alternative Nation as transcribed quotes. Matt said Duff and him had planned to go to a Gary Clark Jr. show the night Weiland died, but instead they met and had dinner to discuss Scott.
Sorum said, “I can’t say it was a shock, but I wasn’t expecting it. I felt like Scott was gonna be here hopefully longer than this.”
He later added, “People know that in the end we had our differences and the band split up, but the wave of emotions that you feel is more like a family member. It’s like if you had a family member that maybe you didn’t get along with great, but you still loved them. So that’s the feeling.”
He also discussed how Scott made Velvet Revolver’s music come to life, and how he came up with his parts for Contraband in two weeks. Sorum said Velvet Revolver’s rise has been the highlight of his musical career.
“We had the most outspoken moments on social media and what not, but the reality is, that’s like a brotherly thing. In the end, I just want the world to know (tears up), I feel like I made my peace with him. I saw him in New York at a show we did together about 2 years ago.”
He added that it was a Camp Freddy show, following having performed with Scott briefly a couple of times including Velvet Revolver’s 2012 reunion set.
“Me and Scott had a conversation. He apologized, I apologized. We made some amends. We were able to say, let’s move forward, let’s let the old stuff go. Then when we were in New York, we had a really great time together. After that, we didn’t really stay close, but I felt like we at least got past that point. It’s like when you have an issue with somebody, and you finally get to have that conversation, and it’s okay again, that kind of thing. That’s sort of how we left it.”