Former Guns N Roses Drummer Matt Sorum to Publish His Biography Next Spring

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According to a report from Blabbermouth.net, world-famous drummer and philanthropist Matt Sorum (Deadland Ritual, ex Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver, ex The Cult), will release his first book “Double Talkin’ Jive: True Rock ‘N’ Roll Stories From The Drummer Of Guns N’ Roses, The Cult, And Velvet Revolver” via Chicago Review Press has set an April 7, 2020 release. The official book description reads as follows: “Cocaine smuggling, shoot-outs, and never-ending decadent parties: Matt Sorum’s ‘Double Talkin’ Jive’ could almost be described as the autobiographical equivalent of the film ‘Blow’. But rather than becoming premier drug smugglers, Matt Sorum becomes a world-famous drummer in Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, and The Cult. Sorum drops out of high school to become a drummer, but turns to selling pot to support himself, and later smuggling large quantities of cocaine. When Sorum is given the chance to play in The Cult, he is finally able to make a living as a drummer. The very next year Slash and Duff McKagan recruit Matt to join Guns N’ Roses, and with that, Matt’s life is transformed. When Axl Rose starts turning up at the recording studio more and more sporadically, sometimes not at all, Matt recounts in keen detail how he and the band stagger toward their downfall. Matt and his Guns N’ Roses bandmates Slash and Duff form Velvet Revolver with Dave Kushner and Scott Weiland. When Weiland suddenly leaves the band, Matt steps in as drummer for Motörhead during their U.S. tour, and then starts his own all-star band, Kings Of Chaos. During his time as a professional drummer, Matt battles alcohol and coke addictions, but meeting his girlfriend, Ace Harper, helps him manage to go clean. Matt Sorum’s autobiography, written with writer duo Leif Eriksson and Martin Svensson, avoids all the usual rock biography clichés.” Continue reading

UPDATED: Supergroup Deadland Ritual Streams New Single and Video – “Broken and Bruised”

After making their US debut as a band this week at The Troubador in Hollywood, supergroup Deadland Ritual (Black Sabbath, Stevie Stevens, Guns N Roses, Apocalyptica members) have shared a new single. Jam out to ‘Broken and Bruised’ right now! Continue reading

Supergroup Deadland Ritual Books More Headline Shows

Rock Supergroup Deadland Ritual, which features bassist Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), vocalist Franky Perez (Apocalyptica, Scars on Broadway), drummer Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and guitarist Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) have added two additional UK dates to their European tour in June 2019. Deadland Ritual promises the live shows will be something special, mixing the original material with deeper cuts from their collective past. “Not the typical songs you would expect,” according to Matt Sorum. Continue reading

Supergroup Deadland Ritual Shares Video For “Down In Flames”

Deadland Ritual a new heavy rock supergroup featuring absolute legends like bassist Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), vocalist Franky Perez (Apocalyptica, Scars on Broadway), drummer Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and guitarist Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) has dropped a new video and single. The track ‘Down In Flames’ is out now via Sonik Riot Recordings / AWAL powered by Kobalt to buy and stream. Continue reading

Joe Perry Collapses On Stage During Hollywood Vampires Performance

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Reports are coming in from various new sources after fans witnessed Joe Perry, performing with his side project The Hollywood Vampires stumble offstage during the bands set in Brooklyn Sunday night. Perry was said to have collapsed right behind the stage with what is reported to be an episode of cardiac arrest. Fans at the show posted pictures and video to social media of the incident. Perry is on tour with the American rock supergroup consisting of singer Alice Cooper, actor Johnny Depp on guitar, and drummer Matt Sorum, during his downtime from Aerosmith. We wish Joe a speedy recovery. We are tracking this story and will update further when more news is confirmed.

Guns N Roses Officially Announces Alice In Chains And Lenny Kravitz For Tour

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Guns N Roses has officially announced the opening acts for the “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour. Alice In Chains will open the dates from June 23 through July 3 and Lenny Kravitz will perform on tour from July 19 through July 24.

 

Alice In Chains, photo credit Johnny Buzzerio

Alice In Chains, photo credit Johnny Buzzerio

AIC will perform the first few nights of the tour as sole direct support in Detroit and Chicago. Then Kravitz will join the tour in Foxboro, MA at Gillette Stadium on Jul 19th through the end of the tour. Ticket sales to the concert event of 2016 have sold out fast and additional dates were recently added in Chicago, Boston, New York, and two hometown shows in Los Angeles at Dodgers Stadium.

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Guns N’ Roses have already performed two sold out shows at the new Las Vegas Arena to begin their storied comeback, two performances in Mexico City, and played Coachella. Guns N’ Roses’ are Axl Rose, Duff McKagan (bass), Slash (lead guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboard), Richard Fortus (rhythm guitar), Frank Ferrer (drums), and Melissa Reese (keyboard). Alice In Chains are preparing a new album for later this year, while Lenny Kravitz is in the studio wrapping up music for a 2017 release.

Kravitz commented in an interview about the tour:

“I don’t normally do gigs like this. But sometimes you’ve got to do things for the fun of it, for the experience. I’m looking forward to playing with them and celebrating them coming back together.”

On Kravitz’ history with GNR: “I went to high school with Slash,” he says. “I’ve known Axl, Slash and Duff from the beginning. We all came up together, and we worked together. I wrote ‘Always on the Run’ with Slash and he played on ‘Fields of Joy,’ both on my Mama Said album.”

The last time Kravitz joined Guns N’ Roses onstage, the singer was one of a handful of special guests who came out during the band’s Paris concert in June 1992. “I remember that time very well because we were all staying at the Hôtel de Crillon, and we were all in Paris for a few days together,” Kravitz says. “It was a lot of fun.”

Lenny plans to play a mostly rock set as an opening act on this tour: “We’re definitely going to jam and improvise and get loose, and treat it like a festival. Summertime always makes me think of festivals like the Isle of Wight, when Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix played. I love the summer, outdoor concert vibe, so we’ll rock out and improvise and go deep and get psychedelic and out there.”

“I haven’t seen Slash since the [Troubadour] gig, but I’ve texted with him,” Kravitz says. “I’m sure something fun and off-the-cuff is bound to happen.”

Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime Tour

Jun 23: Ford Field – Detroit, MI*, with Alice In Chains and Lenny Kravitz

Jun 26: FEDEXFIELD – Washington, DC*

June 29: Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO*

Jul 01: Soldier Field – Chicago, IL*

Jul 03: Soldier Field – Chicago, IL*

Jul 06: Paul Brown Stadium – Cincinnati, OH

Jul 09: Nissan Stadium – Nashville, TN

Jul 12: Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, PA

Jul 14: Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA

Jul 16: Rogers Centre – Toronto, ON

Jul 19: Gillette Stadium – Foxboro, MA **

Jul 20: Gillette Stadium -Foxboro, MA**

Jul 23: MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ**

Jul 24: MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ**

Jul 27: Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA

Jul 29: Camping World Stadium – Orlando, FL

Jul 31: Mercedes-Benz Superdome -New Orleans, LA

Aug 03: AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX

Aug 05: NRG Stadium – Houston, TX

Aug 09: AT&T Park- San Francisco, CA

Aug 12: CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA

Aug 15: University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ

Aug 18: Dodger Stadium -Los Angeles, CA

Aug 19: Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA

Aug 22: Qualcomm Stadium -San Diego, CA

* with Alice In Chains

** with Lenny Kravitz

 

 

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Video: Guns N Roses Books Summer Tour Dates For The USA

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In a release to the press, Guns`N Roses has released a partial itinerary of 22 dates for their expected summer headline tour of the USA. No dates or details, have been given beyond the cities and their order. The band takes the stage in less than two weeks with 3/5s of their original line-up with two shows at the new Las Vegas Arena starting on April 5th followed by dates at coachella and Mexico city. You can watch the teaser provided by the band’s PR firm, at this link or below:

 

 

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Boston, MA

Chicago, IL

Cincinnati, OH

Dallas, TX

Detroit, MI

Houston, TX

Kansas City, MO

Nashville, TN

New Orleans, LA

New York

Orlando, FL

Philadelphia, PA

Phoenix, AZ

Pittsburgh, PA

San Diego, CA

San Francisco, CA

Seattle, WA

St Louis, MO

Toronto, ONT

Washington, DC

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Alice In Chains To Open Guns N Roses First Reunion Shows In Las Vegas

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Guns ‘N Roses has announced Alice In Chains as the opening act and direct support for both of their historic return next month at the opening of the new Las Vegas Arena. The bands toured together previously and have appeared many times at festivals together in their respective careers. AIC are expected to release a new album later in 2016, while original members of GNR are said to be recording new music as well. 

The GNR reunion featuring some or all of the classic lineup has been one of the big developing stories of 2016. The group are already headlining Coachella and playing two dates in Mexico City in April. They expected arena/stadium tour for the band should be announced by the end of May.

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Gun N’ Roses Confirmed Tour Dates:

Apr 08: Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena- Las Vegas, NV – with Alice In Chains
Apr 09: Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena- Las Vegas , NV  – with Alice In Chains
Apr 16: Coachella Music Festival- Indio, CA
Apr 19: Foro Sol- Mexico City, Mexico
Apr 20: City Foro Sol- Mexico City, Mexico
Apr 23: Indio Coachella Music Festival- Indio, CA

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Guns N Roses Members Reportedly Working On New Music

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Several prominent members of Guns N’ Roses inner circle have given interviews where they discuss knowledge of the band in the studio creating new music together .Although this is unconfirmed by the band itself, both former GNR publicist Arlett Vereecke, known to still be on good terms with the band and their current manager Alan Niven have given separate interviews to Classic Rock Magazine where they discuss new music from the band.

Vereecke comments:

I know they’re doing some recording. They’re definitely doing something there in the studio. Axl hasn’t been there, but Slash is definitely in there and it’s not for anyone else.”

Niven also corroborated that news:

Duff and Izzy were in the studio before Christmas doing stuff. At a casual glance I think they’ve got at least a couple of tracks down.”

The GNR on reunion or some or all of the classic lineup has been one of the big developing stories of 2016. The group are already headlining Coachella, opening the Las Vegas Arena and, playing two dates in Mexico City in April. They expected arena/stadium tour for the band should be announced by the end of May.

 

Gun N’ Roses Confirmed Tour Dates

Apr 08: Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena- Las Vegas, NV
Apr 09: Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena- Las Vegas , NV
Apr 16: Coachella Music Festival- Indio, CA
Apr 19: Foro Sol- Mexico City, Mexico
Apr 20: City Foro Sol- Mexico City, Mexico
Apr 23: Indio Coachella Music Festival- Indio, CA

 

Video: Full Lemmy Kilmister Memorial Event Posted Online

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The two-plus hour video of Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead‘s funeral is now available to watch online. You can watch the ceremony at this link or below:

Hundreds of mourners filled the chapel at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles to celebrate the life and the memory of Lemmy. Motörhead manager Todd Singerman was the host with eulogies by many legendary musicians and celebrities such as drummer Mikkey Dee, Lemmy’s close friend Dave Grohl of The Foo Fighters, Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo of Metallica, Slash and Matt Sorum of Guns `N Roses fame, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Mike Inez of Alice In Chains, Slim Jim Phantom of Headcat and The Stray Cats, Scott Ian of Anthrax, members of Skew Siskin, Whitefield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe, Triple H from the WWE, and countless others. Lemmy’s son Paul Inder, his partner Sheryl and many family, friends, roadcrew and other friends also spoke. Others in attendance, but didn’t speak were Ozzy and Sharone Osborne and Gene Simmons of KISS.

Lemmy's bass rings out a single note of feedback to close his funeral

Lemmy’s bass rings out a single note of feedback to close his funeral