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Matt Sorum (b. November 19, 1960, in Long Beach, California) is a hard rock drummer and percussionist. Sorum has played in such hard rock bands as Hawk, The Cult, Slash’s Snakepit, Velvet Revolver and Guns N’ Roses. He also played drums on a couple of songs with Johnny Crash in 1989 with their one and only album Neighbourhood Threat.

Matt Sorum started out in Mission Viejo, California as a local hot musician. Wearing trademark “Union Jack” shorts and nothing else, he used to pound a huge acrylic drumset and overpower his first band “Prophecy”, where he stood out and the rest of the band just disappeared. A local songwriter, Stephen Douglas, pulled him from the band and joined him with other talented musicians in the area to form “Chateau”, a wall-of-sound band with grandiose themes and sounds in their songs. Matt endured several scrapes with danger during that time, owing to his illicit drug usage, mainly cocaine. Chateau played the Hollywood circuit, appearing at Gazzarri’s and almost getting into a fight with the original members of the band “Ratt”, which at the time was known as “Mickey Ratt”.

Matt’s work with Chateau and Stephen Douglas produced a four song set that was covered by local radio stations for a short time, but the music scene changed from grandiose rock to punk and alternative (New Wave) music. Matt left to Hollywood to play with a series of bands, including “Population Five”, with the bassist from the Knack (“My Sharona”). He then left on a tour around the country with a blues guitarist, playing dingy nightclubs and bars, and drinking heavily.

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  • songfactslastfm

    "When I came in, Axl wanted to take it up a notch. He really wanted to be like bands like The Stones or Queen or Led Zeppelin." - Matt Sorum was a session drummer and bandmate of Tori Amos before joining Guns N' Roses on drums. He helped bring an orchestral sound to the band, best heard on "November Rain," which got some musical inspiration from an Elton John song:

    27 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Fachu_slash

    Ambos bateristas son muy buenos!

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • vincentboink

    If anyone is interested i've got his solo album

    26 Jan 2012 Reply
  • SlashBlaze

    No point of arguing who's better. They both contributed. Slash said that Sorum was drummer with more technique and skills than Steven, but he said that Steven had the "groove" for GN'R ;)

    11 Sep 2011 Reply
  • giogeorgia88

    Matt is great drummer zillion times better then that cocksucker washed up junke Steven Adler he would n`t have handled UYIs Adler is an average drummer at worst cheesy and dated

    12 Aug 2011 Reply


    28 Apr 2011 Reply
  • levitate85

    I think the lack of Guns N' Roses is down to Axl playing silly buggers and listing Sorum as 'Additional Musician' on the Live Era 87-93 album.

    4 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Zazel_Campion

    you're wrong gnr27! there are words said about guns...

    2 Feb 2011 Reply
  • bostache

    he sucks...steven adler is the true bad he was a junkie...i never like this one...they could've find a better one...i guess they we're in a rush...who knows

    30 May 2010 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    Steven Adler was better as Guns N' Roses drummer but Matt has good solo album.

    11 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Ronnie_Whelan

    very nice!!!

    7 Mar 2010 Reply
  • unpredictable_

    happy birthday matt! ;*

    19 Nov 2009 Reply
  • pepganzo

    great. fantastic song sunset blv. ^^ great matt

    21 May 2009 Reply
  • jonmonroe

    steve adler was better!

    4 Dec 2008 Reply
  • sligolilo

    Hollywood Zen's a nice album.

    19 Oct 2008 Reply
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