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November 2nd, 2003
MATT SORUM Speaks Out On SCOTT WEILAND's Latest Arrest, Vernon Reid talks about GN'R
VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) says that the band are fully behind their lead singer, Scott Weiland (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS), who has once again run afoul of the law. Weiland was arrested on Monday morning (October 27) in Hollywood when he crashed his BMW into several parked cars. Although he tried to leave the scene, he was quickly apprehended and charged with driving under the influence of narcotics as well as a misdemeanor hit-and-run.

Weiland, who turned 36 on October 27, has previously been arrested for drug possession in 1995, 1997, 1998, and in May of this year.

Sorum says Weiland's latest incident may be a result of personal and business pressures. "All this stuff, when this big machine cranks up, it's just too overwhelming for him. And being newly clean and everything, you know, he hasn't been handling it very well. It's a lot of pressure, and he just, you know, hasn't been handling it. So it's probably a good thing he's gonna go away, but when he comes out, he'll be feeling good, and we're gonna get back at it, and I know that's what he wants the most."

On Thursday (October 30), a Pasadena judge ordered Weiland to enter rehab immediately. Weiland will be housed at the Grandview detox facility in Pasadena for seven to ten days, where he will not be allowed visitors or phone calls. After that, he begins a six-month stay in a lockdown facility, but the judge will allow him to leave rehab under supervision between November 7 and 17 to finish recording vocals for VELVET REVOLVER's upcoming debut album, due out in March.

Sorum, who went through rehab five years ago and has been clean since, described the facility Weiland will be staying at. "You know, there's everyone there from convicts to people who have committed crimes through drugs, you know. So it's a good system, you know. It seems to work. It straightened me out, let me put it to you that way."

Meanwhile, Sorum has just released his first solo album, "Hollywood Zen". In addition to playing drums, the former THE CULT and GUNS N' ROSES member sings and plays guitar on the entire record. "Hollywood Zen" is available through his web site, mattsorum.com.

(Thanks: 105.7 The Point)

This is from a Metal Refuge interview with Vernon Reid (Living Colour):


MR: O.k. lets move on. Another from David. What is your take on reunions that have gone down, like Jane's Addiction, Velvet Revolver... And he also wants to know what you think of the debacle that is Guns N' Roses. {laughing}




As far as Guns N' Roses, I have a lot of... in a weird way I have a lot of empathy and sympathy for Axl, because he has been grappling with his sense of unworthiness or whatever. What ever things he's been grappling with, he's been grappling with them for a long time. Is it possible for there to be a reunion between him and Slash? You know, there is a lot there.

I love the idea of Bucketthead in Guns N' Roses. Its an outrageous idea. the whole idea of turning Guns N' Roses into this kind of twisted carnival, kind of demented carnival thing. I definitely enjoy that, but at the same time its a difficult thing. There are a lot of expectations. Obviously he wants it to be a certain thing, and he's determined that its going to be this thing that he wants it to be. And at the same time, the fans, whether they say it or not, they want it to be a certain way. There is no right or wrong. Ultimately you have to find a language to bring that back to life or leave it alone. Either he is going to let Slash find a way to you know, really make music, or he finds a new way with Bucketthead, or whoever. But the demons of the past, all the expectations, and all the nasty things that people are going to say, whatever... The thing is, he is kind of doing... you know I can totally empathize with the fact that it is all kind of happening for him in public. And I really wish him well! You know, Living Colour and Guns 'N Roses haven't always been on the best of terms, but I really wish him well with it. You know, quiet as its kept, I was a fan of Appetite For Destruction as much as anyone. They are a great band. Whatever else has gone on good or bad or indifferent, if something positive would happen, I am all for it!


The full interview can be read at this location.

Source(s): http://www.roadrun.com/blabbermouth.net/ , http://metalrefuge.com/  
Thanks to: Jurnan, KeVoRkIaN 
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