Matt Sorum Recalls The Pact He Made With Slash And Duff McKagan
The drummer Matt Sorum recently joined the podcast Sound, Sobriety, and Success with Matt Pinfield and talked about the formation process of Velvet Revolver. Sorum revealed his agreement with Slash and Duff McKagan before establishing the band.
In the late ’90s, the GN’R members’ disagreements with Axl Rose ended with Slash, Duff McKagan, and Sorum departing from the band. They continued their careers by pursuing solo projects and working with other bands until the early 2000s. The trio shared the same stage at a benefit concert to raise money for Randy Castillo, who died of cancer in 2002.
When the members realized they still had musical chemistry, they tried to create together once again. Although other musicians like Josh Todd and Keith Nelson were with them at that period, they decided to continue with Dave Kushner and Scott Weiland in the upcoming process and founded Velvet Revolver step by step.
The band achieved its initial success with the 2004 debut album ‘Contraband,’ which entered the US Billboard 200 chart at number 1 with the thriving single ‘Slither.’ They hit the road for an excessive tour to promote the album. The band achieved considerable mainstream success during that period.
Recently, Matt Sorum stated in an interview that all the members discussed that they should have brought their lives in order before forming this band. He mentioned that if they had not gotten clean and regulated their lifestyles, they could not have achieved success with their new band, so they made a deal. Their pact was to get clean, care for their mental and physical health, and bring order to their lives.
Matt Sorum said the following about Velvet Revolver’s establishment:
“When we all got back together, after our departures from Guns N’ Roses, our big thing was, ‘We can’t do this if we’re gonna be loaded and everyone is f*cked up.’ So we made a pact: ‘Everyone gets clean. Let’s get cleaned up.’ We were in really great shape. I went to the gym. I was ripped. I was the skinniest I’ve ever been. I was already in my 40s.
I’m, like, ‘Let’s see if we can just look like a great rock and roll band, get our look together here. Get our songs together, number one. Get looking good.’ Scott was looking lean and mean. I don’t know what he was doing to look like that, but he was great. And he was in good form. He’d cleaned up. We’d worked with him on it — we all did.”
During that era, Scott Weiland wrote the 2007 album ‘Liberated’ and contributed with his vocals and keyboard parts. The following year, he parted ways with the band to reunite with Stone Temple Pilots. Although Velvet Revolver was looking for a new vocalist, they could not find a proper musician and have not released new material since 2008. In 2016, Slash and McKagan rejoined GN’R.