Former Guns N’ Roses Drummer Matt Sorum Talks Being Excluded From Reunion and More!

New Matt Sorum Interview

Matt Sorum gave a recent interview to Matt Pinfield, which you can hear below. In the interview he talks about being a former drug smuggler, writing a new book and being excluded from the Guns N’ Roses reunion.

On not being asked to participate in GNR’s Not In This Lifetime tour:

“People ask me, ‘How do you feel about not being involved in the reunion?’ I say, ‘I’ve got to tell you — I was there at the height of everything. And I did it.’ Sure, I could go out there and play that music, no problem, but I’m very, very grateful that I was there when it was the greatest it was. That was the biggest tour GN’R ever did. We were at the hugest level at that point, did two and a half years on the road. It was great.

He also talked about his smuggling days:

“Before I was in a rock band, I was a drug smuggler. I used to smuggle cocaine across borders. I’d fly on airplanes with two kilos strapped around my waist. Most of my deliveries were in Hawaii, because I had a big connection there. I thought about the title ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Smuggler’. Imagine the movie ‘Blow’, and then think about coming up in rock ‘n’ roll, before I got into bands that I was in. My way to pay my way was smuggling, and that’s what I did. A lot of the book, there’s probably going to be at least a chapter or two on my drug-dealing days. The last time I smuggled two kilos to Hawaii, I remember thinking I was being followed, and it wasn’t because I was paranoid on cocaine — I really felt that I was being followed. So, I told the guy that flew this stuff for — I was the mule, and I got, like, a couple grand every time I went — ‘I can’t do this. I’m being followed.’ He’s like, ‘Oh, man, you’re just high.’ I’m like, ‘No, man. I’m not doing it. I’m going back to L.A.’ The guy that took my place got arrested. 20 years in a federal penitentiary [for] international drug smuggling. That would have been me.”