Guns 'N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum with West L.A. Music drum manager Glenn Noyes
LOS ANGELES, CA — West L.A. Music presented drummer Matt Sorum, the newest member of Guns 'N' Roses, at a recent drum clinic co-sponsored by Yamaha and Zildjian. Nearly 1,000 people registered at West L.A. Music for this free event.
In his only Southern California clinic appearance, Sorum dispensed with lessons and lectures which typify many drum clinics and let his playing do the talking. He stopped only briefly to recap his professional career with musicians as diverse as Gladys Knight, the Cult, and most recently Guns 'N' Roses. Sorum also fielded questions from the audience members discussing topics like life on the road, songwriting, and his advice for beginning a professional career.
The hard-hitting drummer launched into "You Could Be Mine" from Guns 'N' Roses' recent release, Use Your Illusion II. Accompanying him was a tape in which his drum tracks were removed. Following that number he chose another new G'n'R tune entitled "Locomotive." Sorum removed the vocals as well as the drum tracks to provide a new instrumental twist on the driving song.
One of the high points of the evening came when Sorum played "Name That Lick." Sorum played drum licks from popular rock tunes and audience members guessed the song title, the band, and the drummer's name. Prizes for correct guesses were supplied by West L.A. Music, Yamaha, and Zildjian.
The biggest highlight came when Sorum brought some of his friends on stage for an all-star jam session. The scene was a veritable Who's Who of professional musicians including session players as well as members of Guns 'N' Roses.
Artists in attendance included Duff McKagen, Dizzy and Slash from Guns 'N' Roses; members of the band Faster Pussycat; Doug Lunn from the Dennis Miller Show house band; noted session man Jimmy Z; Myron Grombacher from the Pat Benetar band; Phil Soussan from Vince Neil's new band; Mark Craney formerly of Jethro Tull, and many others.
Sorum signed autographs after the clinic for his fans who came to West L.A. Music for the event.
West L.A. Music presents clinics throughout the year with topics as diverse as digital recording, keyboards, MIDI software, guitars, and drums.
For more information, call West L.A. Music at 310-477-1945