Sydney, Australia’s Triple M radio station spoke with drummer Matt Sorum (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N’ ROSES, THE CULT), who is in town for the Hard Rock Café opening down in Darling Harbour, a locality of the city center of Sydney.
Sorum will jam with a bunch of rock legends, including former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans and ROSE TATTOO‘s Angry Anderson.
When asked about the possibility of a reunion of GUNS N’ ROSES‘ classic lineup to tie in with the band’s possible induction at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, he responded, “You never know. Usually the way it works with GUNS N’ ROSES is that it’s gotta be about Slash [guitar] and Axl [Rose, vocals] first, which has been a little bit of a problem. Duff [McKagan, bass] played with Axl and actually Duff (and his band LOADED) was gonna go out on tour with Axl.”
He added, “I haven’t seen Axl for about six years.”
Sorum told The Pulse of Radio in a 2009 interview that, if the original GUNS N’ ROSES band reunites, they should perform with both him and original drummer Steven Adler. “If it’s me on drums or Steven or whatever, if it happened, it’d be great, you know. I would actually say to them, ‘Hey, bring both of us back,’ you know. Let me play the other stuff. We’ll have two drum kits. I don’t care. If ‘Appetite’ (‘For Destruction’, the band’s debut) sounds better with Steven playing it, have both guys up there. They can afford it.”
Sorum also blasted Rose for using the name GUNS N’ ROSES when the original band is no longer together. Sorum said, “I’m not saying I’m an original member, okay, but I understand the core of the band, which is Slash and Duff and probably Izzy. It’s a shame, and you know what, this goes back to a Paul McCartney thing. Does he call himself THE BEATLES? Not saying we were as big as THE BEATLES, but — does Sting call himself THE POLICE? No. Does Jimmy Page and Robert Plant go out there calling themselves LED ZEPPELIN? Nope.”