The ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum
assembled a cast of pals on March 18 at the Stone Rose Lounge in Los Angeles to rock out
for Adopt the Arts.
BY JOSE MARTINEZ / PHOTOS BY GENE KIRKLAND
celebrities and friends of former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum came out in
support of his Adopt the Arts charity
program aimed to help fund art programs in public schools. The launch event was
hosted by Glee’s Jane Lynch at The Sofitel Hotel in West
included dinner prepared by celebrity chef Kerry Simon in his Simon L.A. restaurant;
a silent auction that included guitars donated by Billy Corgan and Slash, as
well as a custom made Fender guitar worth $5,000; and an all-star performance
by Magnificent Seven, which is basically an acoustic version of local super
group Camp Freddy in the hotel’s Stone Rose Lounge.
featured Sorum on drums, guitarists Steve Stevens and Billy Morrison (Billy
Idol/The Cult), bassist Grant Fitzpatrick (MINK/Cherie Curry), and singers
Donovan Leitch (Nancy Boy/Camp Freddy), Franky Perez (Scars on Broadway/Slash)
and special guest Mark McGrath, as well as actor John Stamos on percussion.
During the band’s
nearly hour-long set, the evolving lineup of celebrity musicians tore through
crowd favorites such as the Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” Bowie’s “Suffragette
City,” Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” the Stones’ “Wild Horses” with ex-GNR guitarist
Gilby Clarke on vocals, KISS’ “Rock and Roll All Nite” and “Fly” with former
Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath, who still managed to up the D.B. factor even at
a charity event, White Stripe’s “Seven Nation Army,” The Doors’ “Roadhouse
Blues,” Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta
highlight for the hobnob crowd, which also included The Cult’s Billy Duffy,
Disturbed singer David Draiman and actor Jonathan Schaech, was former Deep
Purple singer Glenn Hughes, now with Black Country Communion, performing solo
and with the all-star band on Free’s “All Right Now.”
While many in
attendance may have come just to watch a cool concert or to stargaze, a
favorite pastime in Los Angeles,
their money definitely went to a good cause near and dear to Sorum’s heart.
With the Los Angeles
District contemplating the total elimination of
funding for elementary school arts program for the 2012-13 school year, Adopt the Arts Foundation is dedicated to improving the
academic performance of every child through the gift of making art and music in
public school students.
“Adopt The Arts has become the most important thing I am
involved in,” Sorum said. “It is so important that we don’t let the arts and
music disappear in our public elementary schools. Our kids need this outlet.
[Without it], this is an epidemic that will become a social and economic
problem down the line.”