Former Guns N ‘Roses drummer Matt Sorum has revealed how he tried to reunite with the band in 2016, only to be told that Axl Rose wanted to keep Frank Ferrer in the lineup.
Sorum, a member from 1990 to 1994, discussed the incident in his next memoir, Double Talkin ‘Jive. He was on tour with Slash and Duff McKagan when he started hearing rumors the couple had joined Rose, but he didn’t ask McKagan until their tour was over. Rolling stone noted how the conversation went: “’Axl wants to use his drummer,’ Sorum remembers telling him Duff. “Go see Axl and tell him you want me on drums,” Sorum replied. ‘Period. It’s time. “Oh, man,” Duff said softly. “I have already signed the agreement. “
Sorum explained in the interview that he “accepted that they are doing their own thing, and I’m doing mine. I can’t say that when that happened I was completely happy with the circumstances. At the same time, I feel really good about the time I spent in the group.
When asked why he hadn’t been invited back, he replied, “I think Axl is a loyal guy. He loves his group which he has had for a long time. … If anyone in this group is loyal, it’s probably him. He said to me, ‘I’m going to bring my guy. If I get Slash, it’s cool. If I get Duff that’s cool too. And that’s enough. That’s how it happened, and that’s what they do.
He confirmed that he turned down an offer to appear as a guest because there were no fees attached and said he was unsure how he would react if asked again. “I’m a busy guy,” he explained. “This has to be what works with my life. I feel really good about my time in the group. … I always thank Guns N ‘Roses for my legacy going forward. Much of what is happening in my life now is based on what happened to me with GNR. Everyone knows them. … I think in general it’s a household name. People say, ‘You are a musician. What band do you play in? ‘ ‘The cult.’ ‘Oh, never heard that.’ “Velvet revolver. It’s 50/50, maybe a little less. Guns N ‘Roses, 99.95% say, “Oh, really? I always say it last, because it’s almost like the person’s personality is changing since this group is so important.
“I was obviously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which means something very important to me. Not everyone [in GNR] was inducted. It was just the guys playing on the records. It’s something that I can wear for the rest of my life, and it’s because of them.
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