Matt Sorum, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and animal activist

Matt Sorum

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and animal activist

Legendary, Grammy Award-winning drummer, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and animal activist Matt Sorum was born in Long Beach, California where he went to public schools. At the age of five Matt saw Ringo Starr of the Beatles play on the Ed Sulivan show and knew that he wanted to be a drummer. By fourteen he was playing gigs at the Whisky a Go-Go and Crazy Horse West. At school Matt played drums for the marching band.

Matt formed the band Y Kant Tori Read, with Tori Amos, and played with the Cult for two years, touring with Metallica and Aerosmith. In the summer of 1990, Matt was asked to join Guns N’ Roses.

After playing with G N’ R for seven years, Matt brought his talents to production, scoring films and producing platinum-selling artists. But drumming remains a central part of Matt’s life, continuing to play with Grammy Award-nominated band Velvet Revolver, the cover band Camp Freddy, and his new venture, Kings of Chaos.

Although Matt’s passion has always been the drums, in recent years he has turned his attention to larger social issues. He co-founded Adopt the Arts with the aim of ensuring that all school children have an opportunity to express themselves creatively through art and music.

Matt and Adopt the Arts formed a partnership with IFAW to bring education and awareness of elephant conservation into elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District through the IFAW Animal Action education program. As part of this initiative, hundreds of students from 40 schools participated in the Love Elephants art contest, which was displayed in a public exhibit at Bergamot Station Arts Center in the spring of 2013.