Zildjian Matt Sorum Velvet Revolver Drumsticks are emblazoned with a bright red Velvet Revolver logo, letting you know this is a real rock stick. Features oversized proportions for excellent durability and sound projection. The barrel shaped tip offers full tone and great attack. U.S. select hickory. L - 16-1/2". 3/5" diameter.
Matt has been a drummer with Guns and Roses, Velvet Revolver and many other bands.
Matt Sorum was born in Long Beach, California sometime in the 1960's, to Joanne and David Sorum of English and Norwegian descent. Having been steeped in Viking lore from his father (David) and classical music and opera from his music-teacher mother (Joanne), Matt's path led him to the drums after seeing Ringo Starr of THE BEATLES on the Ed Sullivan Show. Matt's two older brothers (Mark and Mike) also turned him onto rockers like Jimi Hendrix, Cream and The Doors.
Matt formed a band in high school called Prophecy, and at age 14 he was playing The Starwood, The Whiskey a Go- Go and Gazzarri's Crazy Horse West alongside bands like Van Halen and Devo. After graduating from high school Matt packed his bags, leaving behind his band Prophecy, and hit the road in his 64' Rambler station wagon with forty dollars in his pocket. After jamming at the Central Club (now called The Viper Room) he met guitarist Gregg Wright and went on a tour of the south in a Ford Econoline van. At age 19 Matt was hangin' in New Orleans playing in clubs like Jimmy's and OL' Man Rivers.
Returning to L.A., he landed various gigs and sessions around town with artists like Shaun Cassidy, Belinda Carlisle and King Solomon Burke. As a result of playing in local bands around town Matt became well known on the local scene as drummer for hire, playing in up to ten bands at a time and juggling top 40 gigs at the same time. While playing at an airport hotel, Matt met Tori Amos who was playing in the piano bar. The two hit it off and formed "Y Kant Tori Read". After playing clubs for two years they landed a record deal with Atlantic and later Tori decided to go solo. Matt moved on to play with "The Jeff Paris Band", recording a record for Polygram in 1987.
In 1988 Matt heard about an audition for the British group THE CULT. He showed up and landed the gig. Over the next two years the Cult went on tour alongside bands like Metallica and Aerosmith. In the summer of 1990, as the tour ended in Los Angeles, Duff McKagan and Slash of Guns N' Roses saw Matt play and asked him to join GN'R. After a month of rehearsals the band started recording "The Use Your Illusion" Records I & II. The first song Matt recorded with the band was "Knockin' on Heavens Door" for the movie "Days of Thunder" (other movie soundtracks the band contributed to were "Gross Point Blank", "Interview with Vampire"). The band hit the road for a 3-year world tour, playing stadiums with sit-in guests that included Brian May, Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood, Steven Tyler and Elton John. Matt's first show with GN'R was in Rio de Janeiro to an audience of 140,000 people. Other highlights of the tour included The Freddie Mercury Tribute at Wembley Stadium as well as Madison Square Garden and The Forum (4 nights sold out in Matt's home town). GN'R released the Spaghetti Incident in 1993. Matt received 2 Grammy award nominations, and two M.T.V. awards.