VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Matt Sorum and his girlfriend of seven years, DIAMOND BABY lead singer Ace Harper, celebrated Matt‘s 51st birthday last month at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto in Mexico.
Matt and Ace fell in love with Loreto and will be getting married there in May. Matt and a few of his friends/fellow musicians — including Duff McKagan (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N’ ROSES), Joe Perry (AEROSMITH), Billy Gibbons (ZZ TOP) and Robin Zander (CHEAP TRICK) — are also in the planning stages of opening a rock club in Loreto next year.
Matt and Ace recently collaborated on DIAMOND BABY, an electro-rock group whose debut single, “The Last Rockstar”, arrived in August. The accompanying music video featured guest appearances by “Glee” star Jane Lynch, iconic actress Juliette Lewis, Verne Troyer, and MOTÖRHEAD‘s Lemmy Kilmister.
Sorum was born Matthew William Sorum (Norwegian spelling Sørum), on November 19, 1960, in the present-day city of Mission Viejo, California. His parents were of English and Norwegian descent.
Sorum achieved fame with GUNS N’ ROSES, where he replaced Steven Adler in the band, who was fired because of drug addiction. While with the Los Angeles-based hard rock group (1990-1997), Sorum recorded the highly successful albums “Use Your Illusion I” and “Use Your Illusion II” (both 1991) and “The Spaghetti Incident” (1994). He also supported the group on the “Use Your Illusion” tour and can be heard on GUNS N’ ROSES‘ “Live Era: ’87-’93” (1999) and “Greatest Hits” (2004). Starting out as a season musician in Los Angeles in the 1980s, Sorum had his first taste with success as part of THE CULT in 1989. A decade later, after being fired from GUNS N’ ROSES, he was reunited with the group and played the drums for their 2001 album “Beyond Good And Evil”. Currently, Sorum is the drummer of VELVET REVOLVER, a group he founded in 2002 with former GUNS N’ ROSES band members Slash and Duff McKagan. The band has released two albums, “Contraband” (2004) and “Libertad” (2007). On his own, Sorum released a solo debut in 2003 called “Hollywood Zen”.
About Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto: Located in one of Mexico’s most magical settings, Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is the newest property in the Villa Group Resorts’ collection that offers a unique getaway for visitors who want to explore Mexico’s rich history, take in scenic vistas and experience the natural beauty of a unique landscape — a combination of desert, mountains and sea. The Islands of Loreto is where the crashing surf of the Sea of Cortez, the breach of a whale and cloudless skies offer a respite from day-to-day routines, not to mention more wildlife than a person can see on television.
Situated on the east cape of Baja, California, the Islands of Loreto is committed to eco-tourism and prides itself on its natural beauty.
For more information, visit www.villadelpalmarloreto.com.
Photo credit: Mauricio Ameneyro