Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum spoke in an interview with “Trunk Nation LA Invasion: Live From The Rainbow Bar & Grill” on SiriusXM, and revealed interesting text messages he got from late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister.
Here’s what he said:
“Lemmy called me up… He actually texted me, and I could hear his voice through the text: ‘Matt, I need you to play drums’. And I actually texted him back. I wrote, ‘Why me?’ I don’t know why I said that.
And he wrote back, ‘Dave Grohl’s not available.’ Lemmy wasn’t a guy to mince words; he’d tell you the truth. I loved that about him. And I texted him, ‘When are we rehearsing?’ And he wrote back, ‘We aren’t.’ “
“I got a DVD [of Motörhead’s performance at the] Wacken [Open Air] festival. It came in the mail, like the next day, [via] FedEx. And he said, ‘Learn the Wacken show.’ And I learned it. And then I met them at the 9:30 club in Washington D.C. We soundchecked and I played that night… And it was amazing.
For a drummer, though… it got confusing, ’cause there’s a lot of MOTÖRHEAD songs that have that sort of thunderous rock kind of beat happening underneath, and I just needed to kind of decipher that.
But, obviously, playing ‘Overkill’ and ‘Ace Of Spades’… Then I had to learn the newer stuff that Mikkey did, like ‘[In The Name Of] Tragedy’, which some of that stuff was, like, ‘Wow!'”
Click here to entire interview via Blabbermouth. You can watch Matt Sorum’s live performance with Motörhead below.