MATT SORUM Looks Back At The Rise And Fall Of VELVET REVOLVER: How ‘We Imploded’

Written by on August 26, 2022

Matt Sorum has reflected on the breakup of VELVET REVOLVER, the band he formed in 2002 with fellow ex-GUNS N’ ROSES members Duff McKagan and Slash.

SorumMcKaganSlash and guitarist Dave Kushner held an exhaustive singer search after VELVET REVOLVER‘s formation that lasted for almost two years, during which they issued an open invitation to the public to send in demos. Eventually they settled on former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland.

VELVET REVOLVER released two full-length albums through RCA/Sony BMG — 2004’s “Contraband” and 2007’s “Libertad” — before dismissing Weiland in April 2008.

Sorum discussed the formation of VELVET REVOLVER and the band’s eventual split during an appearance on the latest episode of the “Sound, Sobriety And Success With Matt Pinfield” podcast. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “When we all got back together [after our departures from GUNS N’ ROSES], our big thing was, ‘We can’t do this if we’re gonna be loaded and everyone is fucked up.’ So we made a pact: ‘Everyone get clean. Let’s get cleaned up.’ We were in really great shape. I went to the gym. I was ripped. I was the skinniest I’ve ever been… I was already in my 40s. I’m, like, ‘Let’s see if we can just look like a great rock and roll band, get our look together here. Get our songs together, number one. Get looking good.’ Scott was looking lean and mean. I don’t know what he was doing to look like that, but he was great. And he was in good form. He’d cleaned up. We’d worked with him on it — we all did.

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