Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum spoke in a recent interview with The Desert Sun and talked about Axl Rose’s actions against his bandmates.
Back in 1989, Guns N’ Roses decided to replace Steven Adler with Matt Sorum, and he played in the most popular albums of the band, such as ‘Use Your Illusion I,’ ‘Use Your Illusion II,’ and ‘The Spaghetti Incident?.’ However, Matt got fired in 1987 following an argument with Axl Rose.
Nowadays, it is common to see musicians pursue a solo career after achieving fame within a band. Besides some bands like Metallica and U2, almost every musician has released their solo work, such as The Beatles’ Paul McCartney, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, and even Slipknot’s Corey Taylor.
For Guns N’ Roses, Slash is the main member known for his solo works, such as Slash’s Snakepit, which includes Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke. Furthermore, Slash, Matt, and Duff McKagan formed a supergroup named ‘Velvet Revolver’ in 2002.
Even though making solo records leads to the creation of new materials, Matt revealed that Axl doesn’t like to see Guns N’ Roses members doing solo records. In the conversation, Matt pointed out that Axl wanted to rule the world with Guns N’ Roses. Therefore, he wanted everybody to focus on the band instead of dividing their focus with different projects.
Matt Sorum revealed what Axl Rose thinks about the solo records in the interview:
“He didn’t like the guys going out and recording solo records. He wanted everyone to be focused on Guns N’ Roses.
If you look at Metallica, they’ve never made solo records. The guys in U2 never made solo records. The Rolling Stones have, but they never do very well so they always get back to being in the Stones.”
Further in the conversation, Matt also talked about the drug and alcohol addiction they have been dealing with for a long time and showed how much it affected their career some years ago.