This weekend, former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Matt Sorum was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for his role in the band. He also vowed not to talk to the press about the group again. However, he might be breaking his word at some point in the future if he gets his way. It turns out Matt is working on a movie about GN’R. He told VH1 Radio Network‘s Dave Basner about what’s happening.
“I’ve talked about doing a screenplay and that’s actually something that I’m in talks about with a couple of pretty big people,” he said. “The only problem with that is figuring out how to work out the music situation. But if you look at rock and roll movies, they’ve never been done right. The only ones that I actually thought were decent was THE DOORS movie I thought was decent and I liked the Johnny Cash film. If you look at any of those other kind of traditional rock flicks like Mark Wahlberg and ‘Rock Star’ and all those, they’re all kind of dumb, like ’80s, butt-rock, Sunset Strip.”
Sorum, who joined GUNS N’ ROSES in 1990 following the dismissal of Steven Adler, also explained why he thinks a film about his old band would be compelling.
“If there was a film about GUNS N’ ROSES, the thing about GUNS N’ ROSES that was different than all the butt rock bands in Hollywood was that it was down and dirty and punk rock and real,” he said. “As much as anyone wants to say they want to try to lump it in with hair metal, it never was because it was a different kind of energy even though it came out of that hair metal period. The energy was on the undersurface. There was a much sort of more street, dark undercurrent happening that could be great on film.”
For the Rock Hall induction performance, GUNS N’ ROSES founding guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler were joined by Sorum and guitarist Gilby Clarke for three songs — “Mr. Brownstone”, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City” — from the band’s classic 1987 debut, “Appetite For Destruction”. Providing vocals in the absence of Axl Rose was Myles Kennedy, the singer for ALTER BRIDGE and Slash‘s current solo band.
Sorum played drums for “Mr. Brownstone”, while original drummer Adler took over for the other two songs.