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1 hour ago, rocknroll41 said:

Adler claims that that’s how it was gonna be at one point, and then his back injury happened.

I've said it before but I would be stunned if they were going to introduce a potential timebomb like Alder to what was already a potentially fragile situation starting out.

Guest appearances here and there, okay, but being a regular part of the band on every show seems unlikely. 

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5 minutes ago, Modano09 said:

I've said it before but I would be stunned if they were going to introduce a potential timebomb like Alder to what was already a potentially fragile situation starting out.

Guest appearances here and there, okay, but being a regular part of the band on every show seems unlikely. 

Yeah I have a hard time trusting Adler’s words on the situation.

in any case, at least his back healed and he got to play with them a few times and is now doing much better and has a good singer. Happy for him.

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18 hours ago, Blackstar said:

If that rumour is true (about Axl saying that it would either be Frank and Steven or end of negotiations, and Matt was out of the question), I guess Slash and Duff could have equally said "it's either Matt or end of negotiations", if it was so crucial for them. But they didn't, so it seems that it wasn't such a big deal to them as it was for Axl to keep Frank.

I was the one who mentioned the rumor on this forum, and was always upfront it was a MSL "scoop", so take it with a grain of salt. If it were true, I would imagine it wasn't so much "we're not going to swing for Matt" as it was "it's this or nothing". We've seen a relatively stable lineup for a few years now, but at the time, I'm sure they fully expected the smallest thing would make Axl cancel the whole thing and he'd move on with his life. I'm sure it was "we can play with Frank or no one gets anything". Axl's a delicate piece of paper, and I'm sure everyone walked around on eggshells at the point. I know that whole "Duff threatened to beat up Chris Pittman" rumor was apparently based on the fact that the whole band was legitimately afraid Chris' temper tantrum might cause Axl to bail. 

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Again, a lot of MSL stuff (although I specifically reading this rumor here as well), but the word was there had already been some start ups and slow downs and panics in negotiations, but the band finally reached an agreement and started rehearsing, just to have a band member throw a public temper tantrum and get kicked out. I'm sure Duff and Slash were concerned of it triggering Axl somehow and having him walk away. 

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42 minutes ago, youngswedishvinyl said:

I just read the ebook version of this I got back when it was originally released and posted a review of it over on Goodreads and thought I might post it here as well :)

I went in to this book liking Matt Sorum and after the 300 or so pages this book contains ended up really disliking him. 

In this fairly poorly written autobiography Sorum manages to involuntary present himself as the asshole in just about every social encounter he finds himself in. He also manages to re-write history and make himself seem like he was the main member of just about every band he's ever been in. That combined with how he in an obvious way lets his current day thoughts about former band members influence how he writes about them makes this book feel like a 300 page long fictionalized declaration of what a cool and good guy he is. It doesn't exactly help the book that Sorum writes about his sex life like he is a 13 year old kid who just lost his virginity either. Just about every chapter (even those that really doesn't need it) includes several stories about girls he's slept with, often written in a braggy tone.

It becomes painfully obvious that Matt Sorum is a man without any sense of self-distance that has written one of the worst rock biographies out there. With that said though, the book still has some enjoyable parts. When Sorum describes his first tours he manages to convey the feeling of a young musician getting his first taste of success, the chapter of him smuggling drugs to Hawaii during the mid-80s is something that stands out from your average rock biography and the chapter about recording the Use Your Illusion records gives an interesting insight into the creation of two of the early 90s most celebrated records.  Apart from that Double Talkin' Jive is nothing but a poorly written watered down version of every rock biography that's ever been written.

Let's hope that the re-release of this book is severely re-written, otherwise it may be better off shelved with just a few copies out there for those who managed to get the ebook in the short amount of time it was up on Amazon.

spot on review! :)

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On 11/24/2021 at 6:30 PM, youngswedishvinyl said:

I just read the ebook version of this I got back when it was originally released and posted a review of it over on Goodreads and thought I might post it here as well :)

I went in to this book liking Matt Sorum and after the 300 or so pages this book contains ended up really disliking him. 

In this fairly poorly written autobiography Sorum manages to involuntary present himself as the asshole in just about every social encounter he finds himself in. He also manages to re-write history and make himself seem like he was the main member of just about every band he's ever been in. That combined with how he in an obvious way lets his current day thoughts about former band members influence how he writes about them makes this book feel like a 300 page long fictionalized declaration of what a cool and good guy he is. It doesn't exactly help the book that Sorum writes about his sex life like he is a 13 year old kid who just lost his virginity either. Just about every chapter (even those that really doesn't need it) includes several stories about girls he's slept with, often written in a braggy tone.

It becomes painfully obvious that Matt Sorum is a man without any sense of self-distance that has written one of the worst rock biographies out there. With that said though, the book still has some enjoyable parts. When Sorum describes his first tours he manages to convey the feeling of a young musician getting his first taste of success, the chapter of him smuggling drugs to Hawaii during the mid-80s is something that stands out from your average rock biography and the chapter about recording the Use Your Illusion records gives an interesting insight into the creation of two of the early 90s most celebrated records.  Apart from that Double Talkin' Jive is nothing but a poorly written watered down version of every rock biography that's ever been written.

Let's hope that the re-release of this book is severely re-written, otherwise it may be better off shelved with just a few copies out there for those who managed to get the ebook in the short amount of time it was up on Amazon.

I am not saying Matt's book is a great read but this is too harsh.

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