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Matt Sorum Reflects on His Time with Guns N’ Roses: ‘It Became Intimidating

On the ‘Black Oxygen Inspiration’ podcast, Matt Sorum delved into his experience with Guns N’ Roses, particularly his efforts to find his place within the band. Hinting at a sense of remorse, he reflected on his seven years with them:

“It became intimidating. Looking back, maybe with a bit more life experience, I might have handled it differently, but it started getting a bit overwhelming because of its sheer magnitude. We were moving at a rapid pace. There were many people around us. It wasn’t exactly confusion, but… I don’t know.” The drummer recounted the impact of the band’s immense fame:

“I started feeling a bit disoriented because, at that time, we were the biggest band in the world. There was nothing bigger, and it was overwhelming because there were so many people approaching you, even old friends, infiltrating. Thank goodness there were no cell phones or text messages in those days. Just imagine dealing with texts back then.”

His Contributions to ‘The Gang

During the peak years of Guns N’ Roses, the band frequently made headlines for the alcohol and drug abuse among its members. Sorum, who joined the band in 1990, appeared to fully immerse himself in these aspects of the band’s culture to feel like an integral part of the group:

“I’ll admit it. I got caught up in excessive drinking. The band had a certain notoriety for that. So, in a way, I felt compelled to join in because, as I’ve explained before, I always likened it to being a pirate on a pirate ship. There was this strong sense of camaraderie among us, and I wanted to be a part of that gang.”

Grateful for His Time with the Band

Despite his candid reflections, Sorum holds an appreciation for the chapter of his life with Guns N’ Roses and expresses gratitude for it in his autobiography, ‘Double Talkin’ Jive.’ However, he doesn’t shy away from presenting all facets of the story:

“I want readers to understand it wasn’t all squeaky clean. If they delve into my book, they’ll see the train went off the tracks a couple of times. But where I find myself in life now involves a completely different circle of people. I don’t really have time for anyone who requires — I don’t know.”

The drummer, currently part of Billy Gibbons’ band, further added: “It just doesn’t make sense. I’m incredibly content. When people ask — this is a Hollywood thing — ‘So, what have you been up to lately?’ I love that question because I’m like, ‘I’ve done plenty, and I’m just chilling.'”

No Reunion with Former Bandmates

In 1990, Matt Sorum took over from Steven Adler and contributed to three albums with Guns N’ Roses: ‘Use Your Illusion I,’ ‘Use Your Illusion II,’ and ‘The Spaghetti Incident.’ While he joined the other members for their induction into the Rock Hall in 2012, he was not part of the band’s reunion tour.

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