Matt Sorum Explains Why Axl Rose Is The Only Loyal Guy In Guns N’ Roses
Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum recently gave an interview to Rolling Stone to talk about his tenure in the band. In the interview, he revealed the reason why he thinks Axl Rose is the only loyal person in GN’R.
Matt Sorum is a drummer mostly known for his career in both Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver. He joined GN’R in 1989 after Slash discovered his drumming talent in a performance with the band The Cult. Following that, the drummer recorded three studio albums with the band and performed throughout their Use Your Illusion tour.
However, he left GN’R in 1997 due to the tension between him and Axl Rose. Before Matt Sorum’s departure, bassist Slash had also left the band. Following that, McKagan also announced his departure. On December 29, 2015, it was reported that Slash would rejoin the band, and a reunited lineup would headline the Coachella Festival in 2016.
GN’R announced they would perform at Coachella on January 4, 2016. The festival then confirmed McKagan and Slash were reuniting with the band. Moreover, on March 25, 2016, GN’R announced their Not In This Lifetime… Tour. On the other hand, nobody asked Sorum to rejoin.
In a recent interview by Rolling Stone, Matt Sorum made remarks about not being invited to the reunion tour and revealed if he might play with them once again. The drummer said that he feels really good about his time in GN’R and stated he now knows they are doing their own thing while he’s doing his. When asked why he thinks he wasn’t invited to the reunion tour back in 2016, Sorum noted Axl Rose is the only loyal guy in the band, and he gathered everyone that he wanted.
Matt Sorum told Rolling Stones that:
“I’ve come to terms with the fact that they’re doing their own thing, and I’m doing mine. I can’t say that when it went down, I was completely happy with the circumstances. At the same time, I feel really good about my time in the band.”
Talking about why he wasn’t invited to the reunion, Sorum said:
“I think Axl is a loyal guy. He likes the band he’s had for a long time. He didn’t look at it that way. If anyone in that band is loyal, it’s probably him. He was like, ‘I’m going to bring my guy Frank Ferrer. If I get Slash, that’s cool. If I get Duff, that’s cool too. And that’s enough.’ That’s how it went down, and that’s what they’re doing.”
As for now, Matt Sorum is focused on other projects. He is currently a member of the supergroup Kings Of Chaos as well as the band Hollywood Vampires. Moreover, the drummer’s latest project is Deadland Daisies, in which he plays along with Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, and Apocalyptica vocalist Franky Perez. Sorum is also getting ready to release a memoir titled ‘Double Talkin’ Jive: True Rock’ N’ Roll Stories.’