Matt Sorum – Music Can Save the World!


Matt Sorum was born in Long Beach, California sometime in the 1960’s, to Joanne and David Sorum of English and Norwegian descent. Having been steeped in Viking lore from his father (David) and classical music and opera from his music-teacher mother (Joanne), Matt’s path led him to the drums after seeing Ringo Starr of THE BEATLES on the Ed Sullivan Show. Matt’s two older brothers (Mark and Mike) also turned him onto rockers like Jimi Hendrix, Cream and The Doors.

Matt formed a band in high school called Prophecy, and at age 14 he was playing The Starwood, The Whiskey a Go- Go and Gazzarri’s Crazy Horse West alongside bands like Van Halen and Devo. After graduating from high school Matt packed his bags, leaving behind his band Prophecy, and hit the road in his 64′ Rambler station wagon with forty dollars in his pocket. After jamming at the Central Club (now called The Viper Room) he met guitarist Gregg Wright and went on a tour of the south in a Ford Econoline van. At age 19 Matt was hangin’ in New Orleans playing in clubs like Jimmy’s and OL’ Man Rivers.

Returning to L.A., he landed various gigs and sessions around town with artists like Shaun Cassidy, Belinda Carlisle and King Solomon Burke. As a result of playing in local bands around town Matt became well known on the local scene as drummer for hire, playing in up to ten bands at a time and juggling top 40 gigs at the same time. While playing at an airport hotel, Matt met Tori Amos who was playing in the piano bar. The two hit it off and formed “Y Kant Tori Read”. After playing clubs for two years they landed a record deal with Atlantic and later Tori decided to go solo. Matt moved on to play with “The Jeff Paris Band”, recording a record for Polygram in 1987.

In 1988 Matt heard about an audition for the British group THE CULT. He showed up and landed the gig. Over the next two years the Cult went on tour alongside bands like Metallica and Aerosmith. In the summer of 1990, as the tour ended in Los Angeles, Duff McKagan and Slash of Guns N’ Roses saw Matt play and asked him to join GN’R. After a month of rehearsals the band started recording “The Use Your Illusion” Records I & II. The first song Matt recorded with the band was “Knockin’ on Heavens Door” for the movie “Days of Thunder” (other movie soundtracks the band contributed to were “Gross Point Blank”, “Interview with Vampire”). The band hit the road for a 3-year world tour, playing stadiums with sit-in guests that included Brian May, Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood, Steven Tyler and Elton John. Matt’s first show with GN’R was in Rio de Janeiro to an audience of 140,000 people. Other highlights of the tour included The Freddie Mercury Tribute at Wembley Stadium as well as Madison Square Garden and The Forum (4 nights sold out in Matt’s home town). GN’R released the Spaghetti Incident in 1993. Matt received 2 Grammy award nominations, and two M.T.V. awards.

Thirty million records later he formed the band Neurotic Outsiders with Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), John Taylor (Duran Duran) and Duff, recording a record for Maverick in 1996. Neurotic Outsiders’ weekly gigs at the Viper Room attracted guests on stage such as Billy Idol, Brian Setzer, Simon Le Bon and Iggy Pop. In the spring of 96′ Matt played the opening of the Hard Rock Hotel as the house drummer with artists like Seal, Bo Diddley, Mellissa Etheridge and B.B. King. He also played the Elvis Presley Tribute in Memphis with Sammy Hagar and Don Was on bass and appeared on Jay Leno with Billy Idol. Matt played with the Buddy Rich Orchestra on the Atlantic release “Burning For Buddy” produced by drummer Neil Peart (Rush), during which he played alongside legendary drummers Max Roach, Steve Gadd and Omar Hakim. Matt also did tracks on the solo records for Duff, Slash and Gilby Clarke (for Geffen and Virgin Records). Matt left Guns in the summer of 1997.

After that he worked with Sammy Hagar and Poe. He then went on to produce a Top Forty single for Poe entitled “Angry Johnny” on Atlantic. He also produced “Hello” and “A Rose is A Rose” for Hollywood Records. At this point he formed Orange Curtain Productions with partner Lanny Cordola and they have since completed six film scores and produced artists such as Candlebox, Sen-Dog of Cypress Hill, blues legend Little Milton and the great Ronnie Spector. In 1999 Matt rejoined with THE CULT for a sold out summer tour after which they were signed by Atlantic records. They recorded “Beyond Good and Evil” (produced by the legendary Bob Rock) in 2000 and they then toured the world extensively through 2001. After touring with Aerosmith in the winter of 2001 Matt found himself back in LA regrouping with former GN’R bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan. A year-long search brought them together Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and they are now gaining traction again as Velvet Revolver, lending songs to the movie soundtracks of The Hulk (a riff written by Matt called Set Me Free) and The Italian Job. Also during 2003 Matt sidelined with his band Camp Freddy (with Dave Navarro), which included guests such as Kid Rock, Macy Grey, Perry Farrell, Robbie Williams and many more. Meanwhile Matt has recorded his own record, co-written by partner Cordola, entitled Hollywood Zen, to be released October 31, 2003. The album has Matt singing, playing guitar and drums, and being joined by some special guests. All of Matt’s years of experience have gone into making this record and Matt views this as the most exciting musical experience he has had to date. As Matt’s musical journey has taken so many different turns, it’s not hard to see that the best is still to come.

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Matt Sorum is best known for his career drumming in bands such as The CultGun-N-Roses and Velvet Revolver, and in 2012, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While these are truly outstanding accomplishments, Abolish Slavery Coalition is honoring Matt Sorum for ongoing work with his nonprofit organization called Global Sound Lodge
Global Sound Lodge was created by Matt to bring a music relief program to children who are at risk of becoming slaves all over the world; in Brazil, Haiti, Thailand, or the United States.
In 2011, Global Sound Lodge teamed up with Abolish Slavery Coalition to arrange a musical instrument donation to The Shade Tree Shelter in Las Vegas, Nevada, which provides safety and services for rescued slaves. Matt brought guitars and was able to effectively utilize the universal language of peace, love and music and connected with these frightened and displaced children.
(Please watch the very heart-warming video)

Global Sound Lodge is Matt saying to the world, “Help us do this together. Come with us on this journey. We’re going to take this idea out to the rest of the world and help. Let’s trade weapons for guitars. Please support Global Sound Lodge. Music Can Save the World!”


Christian Elliot

Christian Elliott 

Human rights activist, Christian Elliott has an established track record founding and development projects that emphasis on the direct combat of slavery and human trafficking. The work Christian has accomplished is evidenced by the success and sustainability of the campaigns and programs he has founded. He has engaged political debate in the house of commons England and has coordinated with government agencies globally including the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Serbia, Croatia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, and others, facilitating interagency communication between policy makers, NGOs, law enforcement, and academic institutions. Christian is the co founder of both Stopthetraffik and Global Angels in the UK and is currently the president of the international Operations Centre for Children (IOCC) and a Director of Love146 an agency dedicated to the rehabilitated of children who are liberated from slavery.


International Operations Center for Children

Dawn Adams

Dawn Adams main focus as an abolitionist has been to combat human trafficking in the United States by mentoring and inspiring task forces in Las Vegas, Reno and Chico. Dawn has shown through these contributions that one person truly can make a difference. In Chico, California Dawn successfully established the first “Abolish Slavery” Day via diligent and passionate work with the Mayor and local government. Dawn helped galvanize the police into forming task force meetings, and in doing so, inspired the city into backing its civic leaders and law enforcement community. At the end of the day Chico had a unified voice pursuing human traffickers and saying, “NO” to slavery.

If that wasn’t enough Dawn was also able to escalate Federal support for task forces in Nevada by bringing in the FBI to work with both the Las Vegas and Reno Police Departments.

Most people don’t realize that the majority of the human trafficking cases in the United States involve runaway minors. Dawn has made this particular area the primary emphasis of her human rights activism. The success of her campaigns show that when real people come together in a combined force we can truly can make great strides to abolish slavery.

Rock to Save Darfur

Rock to Save Darfur

Rock to Save Darfur is a 501c3 not for profit organization that mobilizes through music to fulfill its mission of ending the genocide and slavery in the Sudan. In the last twenty years, millions of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands have been forced into slavery. Three components of the RTSD mission are education, advocacy and relief efforts.

Education includes events, speakers, literature, media, film, still images and music that will inform the public about the genocide and slavery in the Sudan. Speakers at our events include three time World Press award winner Ron Haviv, New York Legislators, leaders of Save The Children, Amnesty International and other partner organizations. Artists that have participated at our events include George Clinton &P-Funk, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Rejectionist Front, Women of the Calabash and others.

Advocacy includes utilizing the education component as a mean to prompt action that can end the suffering in Sudan such as divestment from all public and private entities doing business in the Sudan, targeted sanctions on members of the Sudanese government, enforcement of UN resolutions to provide a robust peacekeeping force and a no-fly zone.

Rock To Save Darfur provides financial support to the following organizations: Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, Christian Solidarity International, Jewish World Watch, Darfur Peoples Association of Greater New York, American Jewish World Services, and others.

RTSD has a special earmarked program with Christian Solidarity International to continue their critical work to liberate slaves from the Sudan. Hundreds of men, women and children have been liberated through this program. Fund donated to our partner organization provide water, food, mosquito nets and medicine that have helped save thousands of lives. Additional donations provide clothing and school supplies.

RTSD produces concert benefit events and empowers Student Take Action Now in Darfur chapters, university student activities programs, other not for profit organizations and concerned individuals to co-produce events by providing resources as required including artists, speakers, audio/visual materials, literature, promotion, funding and/or other support.

In addition to RTSD’s work for Sudan, Rock To Save Darfur co-produces events that help other humanitarian efforts including Haiti, Burma and The Congo.

For more information about Rock To Save Darfur:

How to help end the genocide and slavery in the Sudan
How to join the community
How to create your own event with RTSD

Please go for music videos of the band Rejectionist Front performing
“Fifty Dollars” about slavery in Sudan that intermixes live performance with footage of slave liberation. Also, visit for more information on the film “Tibet: Beyond Fear and Eyes of the World.”

Contact Information:
go to: or call (201) 863-1010
Rock To Save Darfur is sponsored by World2Be Productions

Tahoe Network Television

Tahoe Network Television

Tahoe Network Television is on the forefront of fighting slavery in Tahoe, Reno and far beyond. They air current news stories and live webcasts of anti-slavery events, thus providing international viewership, making human trafficking a general theme, and assuring that everyone we know is aware of modern-day slavery. Thank you TNTV for continuing to support Abolish Slavery Coalition.