MATT SORUM Wishes He Was Making The Decisions

Drummer Matt Sorum has provided the beats for some of rocks most notoriously dysfunctional bands, first with GUNS N' ROSES and most recently VELVET REVOLVER. The 48-year-old California-native tells The Pulse of Radio things may be different if he were ever given the chance to run things. "Being the drummer in a rock n' roll unit, you know you're not the guy that's making the decisions or you know, which you'd like to be, if you look at a lot of great bands that are out there there's a couple I can name that are run by drummers — METALLICA, run by Lars Ulrich and a band called U2, run by Larry Mullins. I would like to think, 'If you guys just let me run this band, things would go different,' but it's not the way it is."

Matt Sorum recently told The Pulse of Radio that, if the original GUNS N' ROSES band reunites, they should perform with both him and original drummer Steven Adler. "If it's me on drums or Steven or whatever, if it happened, it'd be great, you know. I would actually say to them, 'Hey, bring both of us back,' you know. Let me play the other stuff. We'll have two drum kits. I don't care. If 'Appetite' ('For Destruction', the band's debut) sounds better with Steven playing it, have both guys up there. They can afford it."

Judging from Axl Rose's recent comments about his former band mates it doesn't seem likely that the original band will ever play together again. When questioned about the original band playing together again Rose said, "There's zero possibility of me having anything to do with Slash other than by ambush, and that wouldn't be pretty . . . (original drummer) Steven (Adler) brings assorted ambulance-chasing attorneys and the nightmare of his mother. One gig, or even a couple songs, could mean years of behind-the-scenes legal aftermath."

Sorum recently blasted Rose for using the name GUNS N' ROSES when the original band is no longer together. Sorum said, "I'm not saying I'm an original member, okay, but I understand the core of the band, which is Slash and Duff and probably Izzy. It's a shame, and you know what, this goes back to a Paul McCartney thing. Does he call himself THE BEATLES? Not saying we were as big as THE BEATLES, but — does Sting call himself THE POLICE? No. Does Jimmy Page and Robert Plant go out there calling themselves LED ZEPPELIN? Nope."


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