Posts Tagged “Drug Addiction”

Drummer Matt Sorum (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, THE CULT) took part in an interview this morning (Friday, September 13) on “The Heidi Frank Show” on KLOS 95.5 FM radio station in Los Angeles, California. You can now watch video footage of his appearance below.

Sorum told RollingStone.com earlier this week that his new solo album will be released in January. “It’s much more introspective than my usual heavy rock stuff,” he said. It’s more of a singer-songwriter thing. I play acoustic guitar, and it’s a little mellower kind of album.”

According to The Ada News, Sorum will marry his longtime girlfriend Adriane “Ace” Harper on October 12 in Palm Springs, California.

Sorum was born Matthew William Sorum (Norwegian spelling Srum), on November 19, 1960, in the present-day city of Mission Viejo, California. His parents were of English and Norwegian descent.

Sorum achieved fame with GUNS N’ ROSES, where he replaced Steven Adler in the band, who was fired because of drug addiction. While with the Los Angeles-based hard rock group (1990-1997), Sorum recorded the highly successful albums “Use Your Illusion I” and “Use Your Illusion II” (both 1991) and “The Spaghetti Incident” (1994). He also supported the group on the “Use Your Illusion” tour and can be heard on GUNS N’ ROSES“Live Era: ’87-’93” (1999) and “Greatest Hits” (2004). Starting out as a season musician in Los Angeles in the 1980s, Sorum had his first taste with success as part of THE CULT in 1989. A decade later, after being fired from GUNS N’ ROSES, he was reunited with the group and played the drums for their 2001 album “Beyond Good And Evil”. Currently, Sorum is the drummer of VELVET REVOLVER, a group he founded in 2002 with former GUNS N’ ROSES band members Slash and Duff McKagan. The band has released two albums, “Contraband” (2004) and “Libertad” (2007). On his own, Sorum released a solo debut in 2003 called “Hollywood Zen”.

Matt and Ace collaborated on DIAMOND BABY, an electro-rock group whose debut single, “The Last Rockstar”, arrived in August 2011. The accompanying music video featured guest appearances by “Glee” star Jane Lynch, iconic actress Juliette Lewis, Verne Troyer, and MOTÖRHEAD‘s Lemmy Kilmister.

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Korn frontman Jonathan Davis clocked in with Alexander Milas on the Metal Hammer Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio last week, and you can now hear the whole chat below!

Check out Jonathan’s candid musings on the return of Head, drug addiction, psychosis and, of course, new Korn album The Paradigm Shift…

Read more from Korn in our exclusive cover feature with the nu metal legends, in our new issue, out right freakin’ now!

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It looks like DJ Lethal has been fired from the band for a second time in a year, following a struggle over drug addiction in 2012.

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As unlikely as it seems, there are times when having a drug addiction can have a beneficial side-effect. Just ask Dan Wieten of The Omega Experiment.

“All the songs on our debut album are about my life as an addict. I suppose writing about those times is a bit like being in therapy,” he muses. Self-titled, the album showcases The Omega Experiment’s progressive metal appeal, with multi-instrumentalist Dan and keyboard player Ryan Aldridge displaying a penchant for wildly adventurous yet hugely melodic music.

“My tastes are so diverse. They go from 80s bands like Def Leppard to 90s names such as Dream Theater, on to Devin Townsend, Meshuggah and The Dillinger Escape Plan,” adds Ryan. “I also love the soundtracks to movies such as Star Wars and ET.” From Michigan, Dan and Ryan met in rehab during 2008, by which point the former already had most of the song titles featured on the album in his head;

“It’s not a concept record, but to get the full effect you have to listen it all. The theme throughout is my life over a 10-year period. I am definitely the creative force behind the band, and Ryan is my co-pilot.”

The album follows up the 2011 EP Karma, and Dan is already working on fresh material. “I’m demoing stuff at the moment,” he comments. “The new songs are about how I’ve dealt with life since I’ve stopped taking drugs. How I’ve faced up to meeting people now I’m clean.”

Recording should start in the autumn, and if all goes to plan there will be live shows over here before the end of the year. This will feature an expanded line-up with bassist Matt Ryan (now a permanent member) and drummer Cody McCoy, plus an unnamed singer. For Dan, the mission statement is a no-frills one: “Our aim as a band is simple: to take you on a journey to another world.”

 The Omega Experiment is out now on Listenable

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Divinefire vocalist Germán Pascual (Ex-Narnia/Ex-Mind’s Eye) is set to release his debut solo release “A New Beginning” on October 7, 2012 through Nightmare Records/Sony/Red. The artwork and track listing can be found below.

Special guest musicians joining him on the album including Carl-Johan “CJ” Grimmark (Narnia/Fires Of Babylon/Rob Rock) and bassists Per Schelander (Pain of Salvation/Royal Hunt) and Raphael Dafras (Almah/Seven Horizons). Pascal is a man with a very special voice, who has achieved much notoriety around the world, lauded greatly and likened with the greatest melodic metal voices of our day, like Ronnie James Dio, Jorn Lande and David Coverdale to mention a few. Pascual was the last voice of Narnia, a well known Swedish melodic heavy metal band, and his new music is hard heavy and melodic power metal without compromise.

Starting music as a drummer in a thrash band at 15, he was invited to try out for a much better band rehearsing next door as a vocalist when they overheard him screaming next door. It was to be his destiny; the band next door was Minds Eye. In 2008, Narnia needed a singer, and through a good friend Pascual made contact with Narnia guitarist C.J Grimmark. The rest of course is history, as Narnia went on to release “Course of a Generation” in late 2009. Feeling blessed to have found this great situation in Narnia, Pascual was stunned when the band decided to end all activity.

In addition to music, Pascual works with the less fortunate, the homeless and those suffering from drug addiction.

“A New Beginning” was recorded in his own “Camel Wash Studios.” It was engineered and produced by Pascual & Raphael Dafras, with the mixing and mastering handled by Thomas Plec Johansson in “The Panic Room” (Sweden).

A teaser video for “A New Beginning” can be viewed at this location.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Seek the Truth
2. The Wrath of GOD
3. If the Sky Would Fall
4. Misty Dreams
5. Open Your Eyes
6. I Call For the One
7. Unbroken Wings
8. Come Ease the Pain
9. Fate of the Blind
10. Cancion Con Todos

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DJ Lethal and drummer John Otto could be kicked from the band for partying a little to hard on tour. What should their band mates do about it?

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AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler is featured in the debut episode of Oprah Winfrey’s primetime series “Oprah’s Next Chapter”, which launched with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, January 1 from 9 p.m.

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A prescription drug used to treat alcohol addiction might have contributed to Amy Winehouse’s death, the singer’s father said Friday.

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AEROSMITH singer Steven Tyler, who revealed in his recent autobiography that he was treated at the Betty Ford Center for drug addiction, told CNN about the passing of Betty Ford, 93, widow of President Gerald Ford and co-founder of the eponymous addiction center in California, “Betty Ford took a risk at one of the worst times of her life and came forward to share a message of recovery in order to

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The catsuit wearing cock-rockers return after five years recovering from drug addiction and poor second album sales, with a new recording and festival date.

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