During the recent episode of Trunk Nation podcast, former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum has shared the story of how they formed new superband called “Deadland Ritual”.
He also revealed the untold phone call he got from GN’R guitarist Slash, when they wanted to form Velvet Revolver. He said:
“Slash actually called me one time and said, ‘Hey, man. I found this singer [Franky]. And would you check him out with Camp Freddy? And I’m gonna come down and watch.’ We were looking for a singer for Velvet Revolver.
And then, long story short, we kind of worked on that for a while. That didn’t come to fruition. And then I remained friends with Franky. I loved his voice and I kept playing with him in different situations.
On how they formed “Deadland Ritual”, he said:
“I have a charity group for kids here in L.A. called Adopt The Arts. And we did a big benefit. And I called Geezer, ’cause I had just played with him with Alice Cooper and the Hollywood Wampires. We did a gig here at The Roxy. Geezer got up and we played… I think we played a [Jimi] Hendrix tune, ‘Manic Depression’. And it was just great.
And then I think I got his number. So then I called him and we went up for my Adopt The Arts thing and we played [Black Sabbath’s] ‘War Pigs’, ’cause he knows that one. And we all know it as well, we love it, so we said, ‘Can we please play that song?’ And he obliged and said yes.
And it was Steve, Franky and myself playing [with Geezer] that night, and I remember, it just felt explosive. We all looked at each other and we were, like, ‘That was really cool.’ At that point, time went on and we started talking about doing a project.
And I called Geezer. And I sent him a demo that we had — another song that we haven’t put out yet that’s great — and he liked it. And that was pretty much how it started. And then we got together and started writing songs.”
Click here to entire interview via Blabbermouth.