Lemmy From Motorhead Inspired Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy

02/25/2014
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Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum is releasing a new solo album under the moniker of Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy and antiMusic's Morley Seaver spoke with Sorum about the project and learned that the name was inspired by Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

During the interview Morley asked Sorum, "Tell us about the band title, Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy. Where does the happiness angle come from?" Matt responded, "I was the drummer for Motorhead a few years ago on a tour when Mikkey wasn't able to tour. It was so much fun to hang out with my good buddy Lemmy Kilmister.

"We were talking one night and he was just so appreciative about getting to play music for a living. One night he says to me (adopts British accent), 'I have such a fierce joy about playing. I mean, I could be digging ditches. But instead I'm able to do this.' (laughs)

"That phrase really struck me, so later when I was thinking of names, I called him up and said 'Remember when you said that "fierce joy" thing when we were on tour? I was thinking of using that for a name. Is that cool with you?' And he says, 'Yeah, you can use that.' So the name actually came from Lemmy.'" Read the full interview here!

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