MATT SORUM On GUNS N' ROSES: 'I'm Just Happy We're All Still Alive'

MATT SORUM On GUNS N' ROSES: 'I'm Just Happy We're All Still Alive'

In a brand new interview with Windsor Star, former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Matt Sorum was asked how important ego management is n keeping a band together. He responded: "From my experience, I mean — it's been a bit of a wild ride. But at the same time, I don't know if I would've wanted it any other way. You know, I see bands with lead singers who are really nice. Squeaky clean. And I really don't feel I'm getting that wild, rock n' roll sensibility that I want."

He continued: "I love Dave Grohl [FOO FIGHTERS frontman], don't get me wrong. But he's a drummer who got out front with a guitar. Is there any danger in it? Not really. If you go to a FOO FIGHTERS show, you're gonna see a band play their set, and everything is gonna go down nice, and he'll thank the crowd, and everyone's gonna go home and go, 'Wow, that was a really nice rock n' roll show.'

"Not everything went perfect in any of the bands I've been in, but I know one thing: People on their way home were going, 'Holy shit, what was that?'"

Sorum also talked about his time with GUNS N' ROSES. He said: "Aw, man. The whole thing was a big blur. I always tell people, my GUNS N' ROSES experience was like watching somebody else's movie. If I was to make that movie myself and watch it — I still wouldn't believe it. [Laughs] Was I really there? Or was it some sort of warped dream? The whole thing was surreal."

He continued: "I felt like I really had no control where I was going. I was being taken on this adventure. It was scary at times. Super highs, super lows. I look at all of that, and I'm just happy we're all still alive."

Sorum, who replaced Steven Adler in GUNS N' ROSES, recorded the highly successful albums "Use Your Illusion I" and "Use Your Illusion II" (both 1991) and "The Spaghetti Incident" (1994). He also supported the group on the "Use Your Illusion" tour and can be heard on GUNS N' ROSES' "Live Era: '87-'93" (1999) and "Greatest Hits" (2004).

GUNS N' ROSES was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2012. Adler, Sorum, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan attended the ceremony, while singer Axl Rose and founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin stayed home.

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