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Matt Sorum Interview: Guns N' Roses Drummer Creates Chaos

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Matt Sorum

Matt Sorum is a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning musician who gained fame as the drummer for the Cult, Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver. In 2012, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Guns N’ Roses. Also that year, Sorum founded a touring project entitled Kings of Chaos, featuring members of Guns N’ Roses, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Cheap Trick and Slipknot.

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October 2022

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Artimus Pyle Interview: Plane Crash Haunts Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer

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Artimus Pyle

Long considered the “wild man” of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Artimus Pyle’s powerful and distinctive double bass drumming helped define the legendary Skynyrd sound. He got his first real break at the Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam, then with other work for the Marshall Tucker Band, Pyle became known as a powerful session drummer.

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August 2022

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David Paich Interview: Toto Vocalist Talks Debut Solo Album

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David Paich

The son of musician and producer Marty Paich, David Paich is best known as being the co-founder, principal songwriter, keyboardist and singer of the rock band Toto. Formed in 1977, the group’s original lineup included lead vocalist Bobby Kimball, guitarist and vocalist Steve Lukather, bassist David Hungate, keyboardist Steve Porcaro and drummer Jeff Porcaro. Paich has written or co-written many of Toto’s original material, including “Hold the Line,” “Rosanna” and “Africa.” With Toto, he has contributed to 17 albums and sold over 40 million records.

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June 2022

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Don McLean Interview: "American Pie" Led to Nervous Breakdown

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Don McLean

Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. His smash hit “American Pie” resides in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry and was named a top 5 song of the 20th Century by the Recording Industry of America. His other hit singles include “Vincent,” “Dreidel” and “Wonderful Baby,” as well as his renditions of Roy Orbison’s “Crying” and the Skyliners’ “Since I Don’t Have You.”

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