Matt Sorum Shares How Scott Weiland Used Aerosmith As An Example To Clean Up
Velvet Revolver’s Matt Sorum recently gave an interview to Rolling Stone and revealed how Scott Weiland looked up to Aerosmith concerning concentrating on their career and getting their life together.
Matt Sorum is a talented drummer who is mainly known as a former member of Guns N’ Roses and a member of the supergroup Velvet Revolver. After his tenure with GN’R, he co-founded the band Velvet Revolver in 2002 with former bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan. With the contribution of Dave Kushner and Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland, they released two successful studio albums.
In April 2008, Weiland left Velvet Revolver to reunite with Stone Temple Pilots. As a result, the band went into a hiatus and auditioned new singers after Scott’s departure. However, they didn’t release any new material and performed for the last time on January 12, 2012, at a benefit concert. Scott Weiland joined them for the show, and this was their final performance together before Weiland died of a drug overdose on December 3, 2015.
In an interview by Rolling Stone, Matt Sorum talked about Scott Weiland’s contributions to the band and how they managed to get in good shape. He said that before recruiting Scott, they spent two years looking for a great singer. Sorum then recalled the time they jammed with the vocalist and said he thought this might turn out to be dangerous at that time.
As Weiland was dealing with drug addiction those days, things apparently were not easy for the band. Sorum said that when they were working on their first album ‘Contraband,’ Scott got his life together. Moreover, he stated that they all worked hard to clean up and used Aerosmith as their model. As you may know, Aerosmith was dealing with the same issues at some point in their career.
Sorum then said they came up with great songs, but they fell into the same old habits with their second record, ‘Libertad.’ He admitted that drug and alcohol abuse reappeared in their lives, which caused some problems. According to Sorum, although there were some good songs on that album, it didn’t have the energy of the first record.
In the interview by Rolling Stone, the host asked Matt Sorum:
“Scott Weiland was obviously an enormous talent and great frontman. But do you think he brought so much baggage into Velvet Revolver that it almost wasn’t worth it? In hindsight, should you have found a singer that was a little more stable?”
Matt Sorum then responded:
“If we could have found someone as great as Scott Weiland. That was the issue. We spent two years looking for a great singer. And when Scott walked in the room, it sealed the deal. I talk about it in my book. We had a big licensing deal for a movie called The Hulk.
Scott showed up almost an hour late. Everyone was there. I look at Duff and go, ‘Can we start like this?’ This documentary called The Rise of Velvet Revolver shows everything that went down. I remember going, ‘This is going to be dangerous.’ But at the same time, we put out great rock & roll.
On that first album ‘Contraband,’ Scott really got his life together. He was in great shape. It wasn’t easy. We worked really hard to clean up. We all cleaned up our act a lot. We used Aerosmith as our model. We were like, ‘If those guys can do this, we can do this. Let’s clean up.’
We got our stuff together. We all got in really good shape. We were in our forties competing against younger bands. And we still had to come up with great songs. In my opinion, we were an aggressive rock & roll band. We nailed it with the first one. And we fell back into some of our old habits with the second record ‘Libertad.’
A lot of drugs and alcohol reappeared in all our lives, and the money came again in a big way. That caused problems. Things just weren’t in sync. I felt it when we were in the studio on that second record. There are some good songs on that second record, but it just didn’t have the angst and hunger of the first record.”
It appears that Velvet Revolver took Aerosmith as an example because they managed to clean up and focus on their musical efforts after their disappointing record ‘Done With Mirrors.’ Unfortunately, Velvet Revolver, especially Scott Weiland, couldn’t achieve the same and this brought the end of the band.