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Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and legendary drummer of GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER and THE CULT, Matt Sorum released his new album, “Stratosphere”, under the moniker MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY on March 11 on Rok Dok Recordings via Kobalt Label Services.

“Stratosphere” is major departure from the hard-hitting rock Sorum is best known for. His intense passion for animal and human rights, and need to give back heavily influenced the narrative and acoustic orchestration of the album.

“Over the years, I’ve been influenced by my surroundings and sometimes that hasn’t always been for the better,” says Sorum. “But after years of soul searching, I organically fell into a different state of mind.

“With many lessons learned along the way, it seemed like the perfect time to do a record in my own voice, if you will. It’s as real and exposed as anything I’ve ever offered my in my career, and I hope you enjoy it.”

Besides stepping behind the mic for lead vocals, Sorum wrote the entire album, and plays acoustic guitar and piano.

“I’ve always played acoustic, so I wanted to use that as the feel of the record,” Matt says.

“I chose the musicians I wanted by records they had played on, and diverse instruments such as mellotron, slide guitar and ethnic percussion.

“I always wanted orchestration, so this album was the canvas for that as well.”

The official “Stratosphere” trailer can be seen below.

MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY“Stratosphere” track listing:

01. Intro – Stratosphere Part 1
02. The Sea
03. What Ziggy Says
04. For the Wild Ones
05. Goodbye To You
06. Gone
07. Lady of the Stone
08. Ode to Nick Drake
09. Blue
10. Josephine
11. Land of the Pure
12. Killers N Lovers
13. The Lonely Teardrop
14. Outro – Stratosphere Part 2

Speaking to The Street, Sorum stated about his inspiration for the “Stratosphere” CD: “I’m known as a rock guy, but I’ve always loved so many diverse artists. I was a huge Joni Mitchell fan; I remember listening to a lot of her records back to back. Neil Young, Tom Petty, THE BEATLES, of course, and I was a huge Bowie fan. I was also into progressive stuff, like early GENESIS, Peter Gabriel era. You can hear that influence on the new album; there are a couple of songs that have some interesting time changes.

“I’ve always dabbled on the acoustic guitar, and I wrote a couple songs for VELVET REVOLVER. In GUNS N’ ROSES, Axl [Rose] and Slash looked to me for arrangements. I wasn’t the predominant songwriter, but I’ve always been involved in the process.

“When I put ‘Stratosphere’ together, I actually had a lot of it on cassette. I’d been writing the songs over the years, and I wanted to do an album that was just coming from me, regardless of anyone’s expectations.”

Asked if MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY will go out on tour, Sorum said: “We’re going to tour, but it isn’t going to be a typical rock show. If I’m going to front a band, I can’t see myself, at my age, jumping up and playing rock and roll the way Dave Grohl does. Dave pulls it off, running around the stage with an electric guitar. But would that feel right for me? How can I make this feel natural, a natural progression, growing into the man that I finally feel that I am, and saying what I want to say now?”

“Stratosphere” trailer:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 5:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 4:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 3:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 2:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 1:

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Andy Johns

Andy Johns 1952~2013

Producer Andy Johns has died at the age of 61.

The big-name deskman worked with the Rolling Stones between 1968 and 1973, and was behind their landmark 1972 album Exile On Main Street.

He produced Led Zeppelin IV in 1971. Among his other titles are two by Humble Pie, three by Free, Television’s Marquee Moon, Hughes/Thrall, Van Halen’s For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, three by LA Guns, Joe Satriani, Chickenfoot’s debut and many others.

As an engineer he worked many times with Zep and the Stones and also with Godsmack, Eric Clapton, Mott The Hoople, Joni Mitchell and more.

Fellow producer Kevin Shirley has paid tribute, saying: “Andy is a bona fide legend. I met him in New York with Pat and Zoe Thrall when he was very condescending to me at Ruby Foo’s over some cold sake.

“After listening to some of my work he became somewhat of a fan, according to my friend Pat Thrall, who witnessed him listening to one of my Aerosmith mixes for hours.

“Andy’s legacy is huge – The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin to name a couple. Wherever it is you go to, I know you’ll keep ‘em rocking! Love and respect in boatloads.”

Brian May of Queen adds: “He was a lovely guy: patient, skilled, funny, encouraging, sharp – all the qualities you want in someone who’s getting your music onto tape. I remember him as one of the Olympic Studios team in Barnes. He went on to become one of the very top rock producers in the world.”

Slash comments: “One of the greet engineer-producers of our time. Free, Zeppelin, Stones – the list goes on. He will be sorely missed.”

Chickenfoot and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith says: “RIP Andy – he made some of my all-time favourite records.”

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