MATT SORUM On Possibility Of More VELVET REVOLVER Music: 'I Think It's Gotta Organically Happen'July 16, 2014
In a brand new interview with Radio.com (see video below),VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum was asked if the band will ever become active again, more than six years after the dismissal of the group's original frontman Scott Weiland.
"I think it's gotta organically happen; something's gotta just pop," Matt said. "I think that's the kind of band we've always been. We really focused on that first album and then the tour and making that second record as well. That kind of just fell into place. It was the right time, we were all up for it. And with the kind of guys that those guys are — Duff [McKagan, bass] and Slash [guitar] — nothing has ever been too forced. And yeah, it's been a minute. That's why I've been dabbling in all this other stuff. But that's really cool for us too, because once we come back, we're all re-energized and we're, like, 'Let's do this.' So I hope that it [happens]."
He continued: "Slash has got a new [solo] album coming out, I've got a new project called KINGS OF CHAOS, which is my rock project, which I got out and basically celebrate rock and roll and the people that I love. It's gonna be a rotating band, and that's fun. 'Cause it's really cool.
"I don't ever wanna treat music as a job. I've been very blessed — I've had great jobs — but I love being able to play with other musicians. It's so inspiring. And then when I come back into what I call my day job, which is VELVET REVOLVER, I'll bring a lot more to the table."
VELVET REVOLVER released two full-length albums through RCA/Sony BMG — 2004's "Contraband" and 2007's "Libertad" — before dismissing Scott Weiland in April 2008.
VELVET REVOLVER reunited with Weiland for a four-song set in January 2012 at a Los Angeles tribute concert for late songwriter John O'Brien, but the band has otherwise remained inactive.
At one point it was reported that VELVET REVOLVER was going to team with STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT vocalist Corey Taylor, but the idea was ultimately vetoed by Slash. The group and Taylor recorded demos of 10 songs together.
In a recent interview with Rock Revolt Magazine, Sorum called the launch of VELVET REVOLVER the" biggest moment" of his career. He explained: "Because at a certain point during the formation, I was like, 'Can we really do this? Can we really pull this off again?' And we all did. We got together and had a very successful band after GUNS N' ROSES. That was really icing on the cake, especially for Slash, Duff and myself. To be able to come out of a band that big, and basically have Hollywood turn their back on us, was initially very difficult — and the answer to the low point. To go back and reinvent ourselves wasn't easy. When we managed to do just that, we were very, very ecstatic.
"Duff and I came out of a subway one day in New York City and some kid yelled at us, 'Hey! You're Duff and Matt from VELVET REVOLVER!' That was the first time we ever heard that after years of, 'Hey it's Duff and Matt from GUNS N' ROSES!' And we knew right then that everything was going to be alright. We were able to move on; we were able to move forward."
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