Matt Sorum took some heat for making comments about Foo Fighters not being ‘dangerous’ last year. But in a new interview on One on One with Mitch Lafon, he says what he meant was: “I wish I could be in a band like Metallica or the Foo Fighters – a band that runs that smoothly. I didn’t say they’re not dangerous.”
“People ask me what’s different about rock’n’roll and I say, ‘It’s not as dangerous as it was.’ I’m not saying that’s a good thing.”
As the former Guns N’ Roses drummer explained during a 2015 interview with the Windsor Star, it’s no accident that he named his current touring supergroup Kings of Chaos — and when he was asked to compare Kings member Sebastian Bach with GNR frontman Axl Rose, it got Sorum started on what he thinks is missing from today’s music.
“They’re both powerhouses,” Sorum said of Bach and Rose. “I think it’s a bit of a lost art form. A lot of the bands that are coming out now, you don’t really hear those kinds of powerful voices … You know, I see bands with lead singers who are really nice. Squeaky clean. And I really don’t feel I’m getting that wild, rock ‘n’ roll sensibility that I want.”
As an example, Sorum pointed to Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters. “I love Dave Grohl, don’t get me wrong. But he’s a drummer who got out front with a guitar,” he pointed out. “Is there any danger in it? Not really.”
“If you go to a Foo Fighters show, you’re gonna see a band play their set, and everything is gonna go down nice, and he’ll thank the crowd, and everyone’s gonna go home and go ‘Wow, that was a really nice rock ‘n’ roll show,’” he argued. “Not everything went perfect in any of the bands I’ve been in, but I know one thing: People on their way home were going ‘Holy —-, what was that?’”