VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) has issued the following message to the group's fans:
"Just wanted to say to all the fans that came to see VELVET REVOLVER on the last leg of the tour, including Ozzfest, how sorry I am that I couldn't make it. It was very hard for me to sit on the sidelines while my band went out on the road without me. But it's what they had to do and with my blessing. It was just a week before the tour when I went to my Mom's house on Lake Havasu near the Colorado River. I was water skiing when I had a freak fall on the water skies by getting tangled in the ski rope and being dragged. Not even realizing anything was seriously wrong nor broken 'till the following morning when I awoke to my hand as swollen as a football; I went straight to a local clinic for x-rays. I was stunned when I heard the news. I had fractured my hand, breaking the smallest finger on my right hand.
"Calling my managers I headed back to Los Angeles for an expert bone analysis. I went to a hand specialist, Dr. Miles Cohen, at the Cedars Sinai Hospital. Dr. Cohen has been working with bones for 40 years. At first he thought I might be ready to perform by Ozzfest and only out for a few dates. Then after a week of wearing a cast and trying to heal naturally, it turns out it wasn't healing properly. So he decided I needed surgery. I was afraid, because I had never dealt with any trauma to my hands before. The drums are my life and this scared me. But I was in good hands — no pun intended. He inserted a pin from my pinky to my wrist. I am doing well and on the road to recovery. Nonetheless, I really missed all of you fans. I tried to kill time by just simply sitting and watching TV. Saw the family, which was nice after a YEAR and a half of touring, had some BBQ's in my backyard, and spent some time with my girlfriend, Ace, in Las Vegas, who has been dancing with The Pussycat Dolls at The Caesar’s Palace.
"Thank you for your postings on VR.com and related fan sites. I do read that stuff sometimes. I am flying with the band to NY now to hang out for the opening of the New Hard Rock Hotel in Times Square… I won't be playing yet though. Maybe one song won't kill me, we'll see. And on Friday we will be receiving a double platinum award from all the good people at RCA Records.
"Thank you for the support these last couple of years… it has been an amazing ride. Can't wait to start making the next album. It’s going to be awesome."