Basic Background Info

Birth: November 19, 1960
Location: Long Beach, California
Band: Y Kant Tori Read, The Cult, Guns N' Roses, Neurotic Outsiders, Camp Freddy
Genres: Rock, Metal
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician



Matt Sorum was born November 19, 1960, in Long Beach California. Inspired by music at a young age, his early influences included Ringo Starr, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, The Doors, and his mother, a music teacher. When he was just fourteen, Matt Sorum was playing at LA clubs like The Starwood, The Whiskey a Go Go, and Gazzarriís Crazy Horse.

When he graduated from high school, Matt Sorum pursued music wholeheartedly and, after jamming at what is now The Viper Room, he met guitarist Gregg Wright and joined him on tour. After playing in New Orleans, Matt returned to Los Angeles, where he performed and recorded with various artists, including Shaun Cassidy, Belinda Carlisle, and King Solomon Burke. Matt Sorum met Tori Amos during one of his many gigs and, together, they created the band, Y Kant Tori Read.

In 1988 Matt auditioned and was invited to join The Cult. Matt Sorum toured with them for two years before Duff McKagan and Slash of Guns N' Roses saw him play and invited him to join GNR. His first performance with the band was Rock in Rio II in front of thousands of people. Matt Sorum joined GNR for their world-wide three-year tour (192 shows) and recorded multiple albums (selling thirty million copies). GNR members Slash, Matt, and Gilby Clarke formed Slashís Snakepit and recorded the 1995 album Its Five OíClock Somwhere. Matt Sorum left GNR in 1997 and pursued a variety of interests, including producing both film scores and artists. In 1999, Matt reunited with The Cult for a tour and album recording.

Back in Los Angeles, Matt Sorum and former GNR band mates Slash and Duff McKagan created the band Velvet Revolver with Scott Weiland on vocals until recently and Dave Kushner on guitar. Velvet Revolver is wildly popular and regularly tours and records.

Matt also frequently works with band Camp Freddy with Dave Navarro and recorded a solo album, Hollywood Zen.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1987 Wired Up Jeff Paris
1988 1988 Summer Olympics Album Various Artists
1988 Y Kant Tori Read Y Kant Tori Read
1991 Don't Cry Guns N' Roses
1991 Live & Let Die Guns N' Roses
1991 Use Your Illusion I Guns N' Roses
1991 Use Your Illusion II Guns N' Roses
1991 You Could Be Mine Guns N' Roses
1992 Knockin' on Heavens Door (Live at Wembley) Guns N' Roses
1992 November Rain Guns N' Roses
1992 Road to Illusion Box Set Guns N Roses
1992 Yesterdays Guns N' Roses
1993 Ain't It Fun Guns N' Roses
1993 Believe in Me Duff "Rose" McKagan
1993 Civil War [EP] Guns N' Roses
1993 Pure Cult: The Best of the Cult (For Rockers, Ravers, Lovers, and Sinners) The Cult
1993 Spaghetti Incident? Guns N' Roses
1994 Burning for Buddy: A Tribute to the Music of Buddy Rich Various Artists
1994 Estranged Guns N' Roses
1994 Live & Let Die Guns N' roses
1994 Since I Don't Have You Guns N' Roses
1994 Sympathy for the Devil Guns N' Roses
1995 Hello Poe
1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Original Soundtrack
1995 Pawnshop Guitars Gilby Clarke
1996 High Octane Cult The Cult
1996 Innocent Loser Teddy Andreas
1996 Neurotic Outsiders Neurotic Outsiders
1997 Lounge-A-Palooza Various Artists
1997 Marching to Mars Sammy Hagar
1998 Forever Mod: A Tribute to Rod Stewart Various Artists
1999 Humanary Stew?: A Tribute to Alice Cooper Various Artists
1999 Inbred Various Artists
1999 Live: Era '87-'93 Guns N' Roses
1999 Tribute to Prince: Party O' the Times Various Artists
1999 Way It Is Glenn Hughes
2000 Best of Rare Cult The Cult
2000 Feel Glenn Hughes
2000 Milkweed Milkweed
2000 Pure Cult: The Singles 1984-1995 The Cult
2000 Rare Cult The Cult
2000 Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors Various Artists
2001 Beyond Good and Evil The Cult
2001 Bruce Springsteen Tribute: Made in the U.S.A. Various Artists
2001 Essential '80s Masters Various Artists
2001 Essential Metal Masters Various Artists
2001 Hawk Hawk
2001 Road Haven
2001 Stone Cold Queen: A Tribute Various Artists
2001 Truth 21c T-Square
2002 Different Stages: Best of Glenn Hughes Glenn Hughes
2002 Haven Haven
2003 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen Various Artists
2004 22nd Century Lifestyle: Episode Rustandthesuperheroes pre)Thing
2004 Contraband Velvet Revolver
2004 Greatest Hits Guns N' Roses
2004 Influences & Connections, Vol. 1: Mr. Big Various Artists
2004 Slither Velvet Revolver
2005 Best of Hard Rock, Vol. 1: Aerosmith/Guns and Roses Various Artists
2005 Greatest Hits Odd Man Out
2005 Ozzfest: Tenth Anniversary [DVD/CD] Various Artists
2005 Tommyland: The Ride Tommy Lee
2005 Welcome to the Nightmare: An All-Star Salute to Alice Various Artists
2006 Employee of the Month Original Soundtrack
2007 Circus Diablo Circus Diablo
2007 Gilby Clarke Gilby Clarke
2007 In Search of Cleo Gina Gershon
2007 Libertad Velvet Revolver
2007 This Time Around Glenn Hughes
2007 Balls of Fury (Movie Soundtrack) Randy Edelman
2010 The Sellout

Macy Gray

2010 Slash Slash
2012 Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head Various Artists
2014 Stratosphere Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy


  • In 2005, Matt joined designer Max Noce to create and "elegant, innovative line of rock-inspired couture." In March 2008, they opened a boutique in Los Angeles called Sorum Noce.
  • "Sorum Noce is the chic and stylish gentlemen's couture line from Matt Sorum and Max Noce. The clothes strike a balance between classy, refined style and rock n' roll attitude. The suits, leather jackets and shirts possess a simplicity that's vibrantly individualistic. Each piece stands out, and the pair has crafted one of the few high-end gentlemen's brands that speaks, 'distinguished, yet real.'" - Rick Florino

Instruments of Choice



Cymbals: Zildjian 
Hardware: Drum Workshop 
Sticks: Zildjian 

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