Matt Sorum Recalls The Main Reason Axl Rose Wanted A Double Guns N’ Roses Record
Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum spoke in a recent interview with Rolling Stone and revealed why Axl Rose wanted to release a double-album for their iconic record.
‘Use Your Illusion’ is a double-album released in 1991 as ‘Use Your Illusion I’ and ‘Use Your Illusion II.’ Both albums sold around 700.000 copies, peaking No. 1 and No. 2 on Billboard 200 charts. Matt recalled when they were recording the album and revealed they were thinking about releasing only one perfect record by cutting out some of the songs.
However, Axl Rose came into the studio and told everybody that he wanted to release a double album. Furthermore, Axl was the person who had the idea of changing the album cover’s colors and using the same name as well.
Following that, Matt revealed that the singer wanted to be on tour for five years at least and didn’t want to deal with creating new songs during this period. Therefore, he decided to release a double album that could be the legs for that tour.
Matt Sorum talked about the reason for releasing a double album in the interview:
“When Axl came in and decided it should be a double record, it was a genius moment for him. I remember we’re at the studios and there was this electric door, almost like Star Trek; you’d push a button and it would open. Axl came in, and I feel like he had a couple of girls with him at the time. We were all sitting there and recording. He announced to us that he wanted to put out a double record.
He basically said, ‘I want to put out all the songs.’ At that point, we were up to about 32. In our mind, we were going to cut 20 and put the best 12 or 13 onto a great record. That was going to be the next offering of Guns N’ Roses. He came up with the idea of doing two and changing the color of each and calling it the same, ‘Use Your Illusion I’ and ‘Use Your Illusion II.'”
“I was like, ‘Why? Why do you we have to make them separate records?’ He had worked at Tower Records on Sunset. In those days, if you had a double record, you had to put it behind the cash register. It was over 20 bucks. He wanted the records to be in the bin where you could actually hold them, pick them up.
I think the main thing was that we had a lot of touring. He was like, ‘I want to do five years on the road. These two records are going to be the legs for that tour.'”
Later in the conversation, Matt also talked about the ‘Use Your Illusion’ tour and remembered their collaborations with the musicians like Elton John and Brain May, explaining why they decided to do them.