During a conversation with Josh Adam Meyers, former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer, Matt Sorum, talked about the so-called lead singer disease – LSD – and working with Axl Rose and Scott Weiland.
“Being in Guns N’ Roses, that was a dangerous rock ‘n’ roll band. You never knew what you’re going to get from Axl Rose, if he’s gonna come out and give you the show he’s gonna give you, you don’t know if that’s going to be good or bad or otherwise.
“It never was bad, don’t get me wrong, when I was in the band. If he was in a bad mood, that was a great show. It was like, you know, all energy went into what we did on stage.
“And there were nights we went up there and we weren’t even talking to each other, but man, we would throw down, because, for rock ‘n’ roll, you would channel that energy into that performance, and you could be pissed off, and I could smack the drums twice as hard or whatever I wanted to do.
“When Axl came with that kind of energy, it was like, ‘Uh-oh, watch out, this is gonna be some hair-raising sh*t.’ And there are great attributes about that, and I look back in retrospect, and – why would you want the guy any other way?
“The same thing with Weiland; Scott could come out one night, he’d be like, ‘Whoa, what’s going on?’, and you wanted to kind of go, ‘Dude, can we kind of pull that together?’
“But it just didn’t go that way, and unfortunately, that was a different sort of thing. Scott was being drawn by a different sort of energy, obviously, darker energy. But man, he could be great some nights. He would come out, you’d just be, ‘Oh my god!'”