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Matt Sorum Talks GNR Tour Almost Killing Band, Caviar & Vodka Inspiring “November Rain”

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum discussed the Use Your Illusion records in a Spitfire interview.

“We just stayed out on the road forever, which eventually, practically killed us all (laughs), but it had a lot of legs as they say in the music business.”

He also remembered coming up with the drum parts for “November Rain” with Axl Rose. “Me and Axl were over there on the floor, we ordered some Russian caviar, we had a bottle of vodka. We sat here, me and Axl late at night, and we listened to Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me by Elton John. He was a big Elton fan, he loves Elton. We’re eating the caviar, and drinking shots of vodka, and this big epic tom fill comes by. Axl goes, ‘I want you to do that, something like that, on November Rain.'” Axl told Sorum he wanted him to use it again in “Don’t Cry” and “Estranged” as part of the ‘trilogy.’

Steven Adler Makes Announcement, Is Matt Sorum Out Of Guns N’ Roses?

Steven Adler’s band ‘Adler’ will be performing at at Whiskey A-Go-Go on April 1st in Los Angeles. Adler is also booked for the M3 Rock Festival on April 30th. Neither date conflicts with Coachella, but Adler is clearly not committing the entire month of April to Guns N’ Roses, even if he makes rumored guest appearances.

Eddie Trunk also reported on his podcast last week that Matt Sorum was never part of Guns N’ Roses reunion discussions. “I’ve heard from day one, when I first heard rumors of this reunion a year ago, that Matt would not be involved.” He added, “Apparently there’s heat with somebody, I don’t know.”


Billboard is reporting Guns N’ Roses will likely be paid $3 million dollars per U.S. stadium concert that they are expected to play this summer. With the reported total of 25 shows, that would be $89 million total with $75 million for the stadium shows along with the rumored $14 million pay day for Coachella. Tickets will top out at $250 to $275. This total number doesn’t even factor in rumored shows in Europe and South America, which will easily push the band into grossing hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Police’s 2007/2008 tour is the reunion to beat, taking in $362 million from 151 concerts around the world.

“It might very well be a home run,” Washington, D.C.-based indie promoter Seth Hurwitz told Billboard. “It might very well be that it’s not. I prefer not to take part in these kind of all-or-nothing bets myself.”

Former GNR manager Doc McGhee (2010-2012), maintains, “If it’s done right, it should do amazing [business]. If they have their shit together and go out there to kill, I think everybody comes to see them. If not, they’ll have a tough time selling it.”

Member Told ‘Not To Acknowledge’ Guns N’ Roses: ‘It’s Games For Days’

Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Chris Pitman has deleted information from his Twitter biography listing himself as a current Guns N’ Roses member, and he has released a tweet announcing that management has told him to not discuss Coachella or Guns N’ Roses. He also edited old Facebook posts regarding the semi-reunion with new captions, like ‘#GamesForDays.’

Matt Sorum, whose status in the reunion is unclear, evaded reporters over the weekend, covering his face when TMZ questioned him about performing at Coachella.


Guns N’ Roses began rehearsing last week for their 2016 tour. Slash shared a photo on Instagram where Frank Ferrer’s drum set is also visible.


Richard Fortus, Dizzy Reed, and Chris Pitman are all now confirmed to be part of Guns N’ Roses’ 2016 lineup, joining Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, and Frank Ferrer. This could end up being the complete lineup, unless a third guitarist joins or Steven Adler and Izzy Stradlin appear as special guests. See the confirmation below, with Ferrer confirming Fortus through a retweet, a family member confirming Reed, and a Pitman confirming his involvement himself.

Richard Fortus:


Chris Pitman:

Dizzy Reed:

BILD is reporting the first Guns N’ Roses 2016 European concert date. According to their sources, Guns N’ Roses will perform in July at the Hockenheim Ring in Hockenheim, Germany.

As we have been reporting for months, the reunited Guns N’ Roses will be headlining the Coachella festival in Indio, CA in April 2016. Billboard confirmed our reports earlier today, also reporting that the band will play the new Las Vegas Arena, which is set to open in April. Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan so far are the only confirmed members.

Alternative Nation has learned that Guns N’ Roses will announce additional United States stadium tour dates in late January 2016. We previously reported on December 1st that around 25 dates were planned, and this still appears to be the case. A show at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (where the New York Jets and New York Giants play) is reportedly in the works.

Consequence of Sound
is reporting that Matt Sorum will be the drummer, but there have been many contradictory reports, with Frank Ferrer even hinting at his own involvement, and Steven Adler publicly lobbying for his job back just a couple of months ago.

Matt Sorum Tearfully Remembers Scott Weiland: ‘I Made My Peace With Him’

Photo credit: Camera Press/Redux via Rolling Stone

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.”

Ex-Guns N’ Roses Drummer Says Foo Fighters Aren’t Dangerous Enough

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum criticized Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters in a new Windsor Star interview.

“You know, I see bands with lead singers who are really nice. Squeaky clean. And I really don’t feel I’m getting that wild, rock n’ roll sensibility that I want.”

“I love Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters frontman), don’t get me wrong. But he’s a drummer who got out front with a guitar. Is there any danger in it? Not really. If you go to a Foo Fighters show, you’re gonna see a band play their set, and everything is gonna go down nice, and he’ll thank the crowd, and everyone’s gonna go home and go ‘Wow, that was a really nice rock n’ roll show.’”

“Not everything went perfect in any of the bands I’ve been in, but I know one thing: People on their way home were going ‘Holy ****, what was that?’”

Matt Sorum On Guns N’ Roses Reunion: ‘I Plead The Fifth’

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum discussed the rumored GNR reunion in a recent interview with Detroit, Michigan’s WRIF 101.1 FM (via Blabbermouth).

“I would have to plead the fifth on that, basically, because I just don’t know. So I would say I plead the fifth. [Laughs]”

Adler recently discussed the possibility of GNR reuniting with Sorum instead of him. “Matt wouldn’t do it,” Adler said . “I see Matt practically every Monday night, and we talked about it. He wouldn’t do it unless I was a part of it. And I said, ‘Well, dude, I would do it without you.’ And he said, ‘But you’re the original guy. You’re the sound of GN’R. I’m not. So it’s different.’ And I said, ‘If I did it, if Axl wanted to play the ‘[Use Your] Illusion’ songs, I would have you right next to me. You come up and I’ll either take the throne or sit where I sit.’… Sort of like [the way we did it] at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame [induction in 2012]. They didn’t show that part on TV, I don’t think, but [Matt] played ‘Brownstone’, and then I came up and played ‘Sweet Child’ and ‘Paradise City’.”

Adler continued: “But, yeah, I have nothing against Matt. He didn’t do nothing. I had resentments with him, but I talked with him and I worked everything out. Everything. I would love to share a tour bus with him.”

Could Matt Sorum Replace Steven Adler In Guns N’ Roses Reunion?

Last week Slash’s brother Ash Hudson ripped Axl Rose on Facebook, calling him a ‘Fat Bastard’ and ‘Fat Elvis’ before apologizing and saying that Axl Rose is on a strict diet. Hudson also reportedly made a post last week regarding a possible Guns N’ Roses reunion on Facebook prior to making his apology on Friday:

Sure it would all be motivated for this Billion dollars not the struggle from where gun n roses came from. And that would be a disappointment to the fans with such hi expectations. To deliver a new album now would only be rejected by the people the love them. There’s been new Star Wars movies are they as good as the original? Fuck NO! I just saw an ad for the newest one with Harrison Ford saying ‘we’re home chewie’ and to me this attempt just hurt my feelings a mockery of the great original. Only motivated by money.”

“And what would just kill me. If they did a reunion but didn’t bring Steve Adler & used Matt. Steven is the only reason there is a Guns N Roses. He talked my brother in to learning to play Guitar and Starting a band. But honestly I think if they did this fantasy reunion they might ditch Steven and bring back Matt. Totally A Dick Move. Just saying

Slash’s brother Ash Hudson apologized to Axl Rose on Facebook last Friday for calling him a ‘fat bastard’ and ‘Fat Elvis’ in recent Facebook posts:

I apologize to Axl and his legions of fans who were offended by my post of yesterday.

I am sorry I shot my mouth off, I know, or should know better than to get involved in GNR business. It has come to me attention that Axl is on a strict diet and losing weight.

Unfortunately, my post was very offensive and upsetting to my brother, for which I apologize.

To the rest of the world,…I had one of these days when people kept asking me about a possible reunion and I had had enough…again my apologies