MATT SORUM Speaks Out On SCOTT WEILAND's Latest Arrest

VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) says that the band are fully behind their lead singer, Scott Weiland (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS), who has once again run afoul of the law. Weiland was arrested on Monday morning (October 27) in Hollywood when he crashed his BMW into several parked cars. Although he tried to leave the scene, he was quickly apprehended and charged with driving under the influence of narcotics as well as a misdemeanor hit-and-run.

Weiland, who turned 36 on October 27, has previously been arrested for drug possession in 1995, 1997, 1998, and in May of this year.

Sorum says Weiland's latest incident may be a result of personal and business pressures. "All this stuff, when this big machine cranks up, it's just too overwhelming for him. And being newly clean and everything, you know, he hasn't been handling it very well. It's a lot of pressure, and he just, you know, hasn't been handling it. So it's probably a good thing he's gonna go away, but when he comes out, he'll be feeling good, and we're gonna get back at it, and I know that's what he wants the most."

On Thursday (October 30), a Pasadena judge ordered Weiland to enter rehab immediately. Weiland will be housed at the Grandview detox facility in Pasadena for seven to ten days, where he will not be allowed visitors or phone calls. After that, he begins a six-month stay in a lockdown facility, but the judge will allow him to leave rehab under supervision between November 7 and 17 to finish recording vocals for VELVET REVOLVER's upcoming debut album, due out in March.

Sorum, who went through rehab five years ago and has been clean since, described the facility Weiland will be staying at. "You know, there's everyone there from convicts to people who have committed crimes through drugs, you know. So it's a good system, you know. It seems to work. It straightened me out, let me put it to you that way."

Meanwhile, Sorum has just released his first solo album, "Hollywood Zen". In addition to playing drums, the former THE CULT and GUNS N' ROSES member sings and plays guitar on the entire record. "Hollywood Zen" is available through his web site, mattsorum.com.

(Thanks: 105.7 The Point)

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