Brent X Mendoza of recently conducted an interview with drummer Matt Sorum (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES, THE CULT). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. How many different musical projects are you currently juggling?

Sorum: Well, I have an album I'm doing with Cherie Currie (THE RUNAWAYS), VELVET REVOLVER is getting back to work, I do CAMP FREDDY from time to time, and DARLING STILETTOS is a full-time thing, getting it perfect.We have a Vegas show called Rock N Roll A Go-Go, which is what you see at the Viper Room. The big vision is an over-the-top rock and roll experience in Vegas, and the original group, DARLING STILETTOS, is part of that. Speaking of DARLING STILETTOS, what was the inspiration for forming a female-fronted singing group?

Sorum: Well, I have always thought rock and roll has been a male-dominated sport, with the exception of the great female performers like THE RUNAWAYS, Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Chrissie Hynde, Courtney Love, there have only been a few. Taking that idea [and] adding beautiful girls that dance and bring an entertaining twist to a style of music that hasn't been done before. Guys or dolls: who are easier to get along with in a group dynamic?

Sorum: These girls are pros! We've gone through a few girls, getting the right ones. But I am so happy with them. It's that way with bands, too… Coming up in the early days, there was always one guy in the band that was a bummer. And being in a group is like a relationship; there are things you have to except about certain individuals. But I have to say the girls have been the best ever. Collaborating with longtime girlfriend and STILETTOS front woman Ace Harper, who wears the pants?

Sorum: A lot of people don't mix business with pleasure. But this partnership has not only brought us closer together, we [also] have a common goal. I have tasted success a few times, so it's cool that I can help Ace avoid the pitfalls of a very tough business. She has grown immensely through this process.

Read the entire interview at


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