Matt Sorum Thanks Axl Rose For The ‘Advantages’ Of Being A Guns N’ Roses Member


Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum had a recent conversation with Desert Sun and thanked the band’s frontman, Axl Rose, for the benefits of being a GN’R member.

Before joining Guns N’ Roses, Matt Sorum was playing with The Cult. During one of his performances with the band, Slash noticed his talent in drumming. At those times, GN’R drummer Steven Adler struggled with addiction and wasn’t keeping it up with the band. Following that, in 1989, Sorum joined the band to replace Steven Adler.

Throughout his career with Guns N’ Roses, Matt Sorum appeared on the band’s albums ‘Use Your Illusion I’ and its follow-up ‘Use Your Illusion II,’ as well as the 1993’s ‘The Spaghetti Incident?’ album. Sorum also performed during GNR’s ‘Use Your Illusion Tour,’ attending all 194 shows. However, in 1996, Axl Rose fired Sorum as a result of an argument between the two.

Talking to Desert Sun, Matt Sorum recalled his career with Guns N’ Roses and said it is pretty advantageous to be their former member. The drummer said that he thanks Axl Rose every time he gets upgraded to a better suite at a hotel due to being a member of GN’R. He then said he considers this opportunity as a blessing of life and thanks God for that.

Matt Sorum told Desert Sun that:

“When I get upgraded to a better suite at a hotel because the guy behind the register says, ‘Hey, aren’t you the guy from Guns N’ Roses? I’m gonna upgrade you’ I say ‘Thank you, Axl Rose.’ That’s the blessing of my life and I thank God for that and he put me there. I know it’s hard for rock ‘n’ rollers to divulge that kind of information, but I’m at the age now where I don’t care.”

After his departure from Guns N’ Roses, Sorum rejoined The Cult to perform on their reunion album in 1999. Apart from that, the drummer also co-founded Velvet Revolver alongside Slash and founded the touring project Kings Of Chaos. Currently, Sorum has been drumming for Hollywood Vampires since 2015.