GNR Drummer Matt Sorum Recalls The First Time He Showed Slash A Guitar Riff
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
May 11, 2020
In a recent conversation with the Appetite for Distortion podcast, Sorum recalled the first time he showed Slash a guitar riff, which ended up being a song on Velvet Revolver's debut album, Contraband.
"I didn't come up with chords and stuff for any GNR stuff," Sorum explained. "But Velvet Revolver came around, I started writing more. I wrote the riff for a song called 'Set Me Free' on the first album, that was my riff. I remember playing that for Slash and him kinda looking at me and going, 'Oh! That's pretty good!' That really opened up my songwriting. The fact that I had acknowledgement from this great guitarist."
The lead track of the album is a song called "Mr. X," which was written years ago for Velvet Revolver.
When Sorum told Slash and McKagan that he was giving the song to Currie, the two redid their parts.
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