Rob Rush, the evening host on the 94.3 The Shark radio station, recently conducted an interview with drummer Matt Sorum (KINGS OF CHAOS, VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES, THE CULT). You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
Asked what question he is most tired of answering with regards to GUNS N' ROSES, other than the fact that he is not involved in the band's reunion tour, Sorum said: "I think I'm so aloof to the whole thing now; I'm numb to it. [Laughs] The fact that you just asked me and I can't even come up with an answer, that's a good thing."
He continued: "You know, I've got Robert DeLeo playing bass now [for KINGS OF CHAOS], and we did the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES [tour] together, and man, that guy is a musician. And it's a great thing to get out of my comfort zone, because Duff McKagan was my bass player for 25 years. We did multiple bands together — NEUROTIC OUTSIDERS and VELVET REVOLVER and KINGS OF CHAOS. So it was good for me, because when you are a bass-player-[drummer] rhythm section, you create a bond and you kind of go through life with that guy, and I've always been his drummer and he's been my bass player. So when they went out there to do it [without me], I was, like, 'Oh, okay. Well, that's weird.' But it wasn't his decision, obviously. So I'm doing my thing, and I'm moving forward, and I get to run my own band [KINGS OF CHAOS], which is great; I'm the boss. [Laughs] The only problem is everyone asks you questions all the time, so you've gotta be prepared for that, to be the boss of the band."
Sorum is the creative force behind KINGS OF CHAOS, which also includes former and current members of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and LINKIN PARK. The band's recent East Coast tour featured Sorum alongside LINKIN PARK vocalist Chester Bennington, Robin Zander of CHEAP TRICK, Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP, Steve Stevens, guitarist for BILLY IDOL, and Robert DeLeo, bassist of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS.
Sorum said back in April 2016 that he wasn't participating in GUNS N' ROSES' comeback shows because he wasn't asked to take part in the reunion.
Sorum has said in the past that a GUNS reunion tour should have included both him and Steven Adler, with each playing the songs they recorded with the group. Sorum was inducted as a member of the band into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2012.