Matt Sorum Drummer Guns ‘N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver Adopt The Arts Concert

By on May 13, 2016
Matt Sorum's Adopt The Arts

Matt Sorum’s Adopt The Arts concert at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles.

On Thursday, May 12th, I had the great pleasure of enjoying an all-access pass to Matt Sorum’s ‘Adopt The Arts’ benefit concert at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles.  The event was produced by Sorum to benefit his Adopt the Arts Foundation, a charity he established to support arts education in public schools.  The event was a resounding success and an excellent time among old and new friends!

The show combined two of Matt’s greatest passions: playing with rock legends and raising money for arts education for children.  The evening’s positive spirit was indeed all about the kids and the foundation’s worthy cause!

Matt Sorum Adopt The Arts Benefit


Sorum held his annual fundraiser for Adopt The Arts Foundation, a program he co-founded to help raise funds to support music education in public schools.  As part of the foundation’s effort, Matt has two schools he fully supports (including paying all teacher salaries). “Every kid takes music and art; we have teachers that we pay, and have created the curriculum that uses books that we’ve created,” according to Matt.

Matt Sorum Joe Perry Adopt The Arts Concert

Adopt The Arts Foundation Memorabilia that will be Auctioned at Deep Purple / Cheap Trick Tribute Show.  Matt Sorum and Joe Perry With Perry’s Signed Guitar.

To help support the Adopt the Arts’ show, Sorum enlisted an impressive roster of friends and rock royalty, including: Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones, the Cult’s Billy Duffy, Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler, Stone Temple Pilots’ brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Sorum’s old GNR bandmate, Gilby Clarke, and many more.  The impressive gathering of musical talent was also there to honor Cheap Trick vocalist Robin Zander and Deep Purple frontman Glenn Hughes, each 2016 inductees into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.

Matt Sorum Adopt The Arts Concert 2016

Matt Sorum’s Adopt The Arts concert in Los Angeles at the Fonda Theater on May 12, 2016. Hall of Fame Inductees with special musical guest: Matt Sorum, Geezer Butler, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and many others!

Sorum had the idea of honoring Zander and Hughes after watching both artists’ inductions into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame this past April in Brooklyn. Sorum recalled, “while I was in Brooklyn, I was so happy to see it all happen. I thought it was such a long overdue thing. Cheap Trick especially, Deep Purple as well.  Both bands that should’ve been in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame a long time ago. Cheap Trick is probably one of the premier American rock and roll bands, and then I always used to say Deep Purple, in my opinion, was one of the great British three – Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple.  So, long story short, when it came time to do my event again, I thought Glenn would be fantastic to honor with an award and Robin is flying out from Florida with his wife.”

Both newly inducted Hall of Famers performed at the event, which also featured an auction of rock-related items, including signed guitars by Dave Grohl and Queen’s Brian May, as well as a Shepherd Fairey art piece on medal celebrating Black Sabbath.  By all accounts, the event was a tremendous success for those attending, and, more importantly, for the schools and children which stand to benefit from greater access to arts education thanks to the efforts of Matt Sorum’s and the Adopt the Arts Foundation.

Donate today to help “SAVE THE MUSIC AND ART” for our kids, Adopt The Arts!

Here is a peek at the concert action, backstage with Joe Perry, lead guitarist of Aerosmith, and Ace Harper, frontwoman of Ace is High (and Matt Sorum’s wife).  Check here at for more exclusive content from the Adopt the Arts show! 

Matt Sorum's Adopt The Arts Concert

Matt Sorum’s Adopt The Arts concert in Los Angeles held at the Fonda Theater on May 12, 2016. Live event coverage. Back stage scene with Joe Perry, Ace Harper, rock stars and rock legends!

Matt Sorum's Adopt The Arts Honors Robin Zander and Glenn Hughes

Matt Sorum’s Adopt The Arts concert. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Honorees Robin Zander and Glenn Hughes

On the red carpet with Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), each honored during the event.

If you have questions for Matt Sorum, please leave me them below, and I will ask him them on your behalf!

Click this link to see concert videos and photos.  Written by: Ann Lauren, Editor



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  1. Michael Caldwell

    May 13, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Miss Ann Lauren you should never be underestimated! You are a triple threat to all mankind beautiful, intelligent and a sexy babe! Be still my heart you in combination with my rock heroes may give me a coronary! Matt Sorum is the best drummer in the world and I support what he does good news here. I will check back tomorrow to see what other surprises you have. You sexy thang!

  2. Kevin King

    May 13, 2016 at 10:57 am

    You drive me crazy Ann Lauren your smile is gorgeous and your body is wicked! I hope you didn’t give those rockstars a hard attack, oops, meant heart attack, lmao! You are a sweet thang, I want to see your pics of my rock heroes! Joe Perry is the man true guitar hero and Matt Sorum is my drum hero!! When will we see your interviews with them? I will check back everyday to see the pictures for this concert, and you in a dress with them and make screen saver 🙂 I wish I could have been there.

  3. Edward

    May 13, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    You are a babe of epic proportions Ann Lauren lookin forward to seeing your pictures with all the rock legends I grew up listening too! Will you be doing a live interview with Matt Sorum? What other rockstars will you be covering? Ann Lauren you are a stone cold fox! Bring it on!

  4. Chandra

    May 13, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    This is dabomb wish I know about it sooner would have been there for sure but I will donate! Matt Sorum is the man of my dreams next to Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry all rock gods to me! Thanks Ann Lauren you are wonderful and inspiring can’t wait to see what you wore and your interviews with the rockers especially my favs!!! xo

  5. Gina Rispoli

    May 13, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    I am in heaven with all these rockers they are rock hero’s! I grew up on this shit rock and roll is my world! Thanks, Ann Lauren you are the bitch! Looking forward to seeing vids and pics for this concert! I plan to donate to Adopt The Arts. I live in LA this is great, charity!

  6. Jack

    May 14, 2016 at 7:56 am

    This jacked me up! Rock heroes to the core! More pics and news soon I hope.

  7. Mary

    May 14, 2016 at 7:58 am

    HOT! OMG! Luv this more of everything soon I hope! Good going Bella 🙂

  8. Donna Porter

    May 14, 2016 at 9:53 am

    You make us proud Ann Lauren love everything you do this is out of sight! I have always been huge fan of G’N’R and the drummer Matt Sorum is outrageous love his bands was in Hollywood to see Kings of Chaos and Johnny Depp owns me I hope to see pictures and vids soon!

  9. Ricky Leonard

    May 14, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    I love you, Ann Lauren you are gorgeous lady I am into what you are doing here covering Matt Sorum one of the greatest drummers G’N’R had and Velvet Revolver was the best! Can’t wait for your pics with all the rockers! Rock music is where it is at for me! Will there be live video of you at the concert? What were you wearing? Something hot I hope!

  10. Jenny W

    May 14, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    OMG I luv Matt Sorum and Johnny Depp! I grew up on G’N’R they rock my face off lol! I look forward to seeing you behind the scenes pictures with the rockstars! I will be donating to them. You inspire me Ann Lauren with all the great things you do nice job. Looking forward to the concert video 🙂

  11. Dana Lorri

    May 15, 2016 at 12:45 am

    WOW Matt Sorum is my fav drummer luv him! Ann will you be doing a video interview with Matt Sorum? Please find out where he is playing next. Bella Petite always amazes me with all you have done here you rock!

  12. Jeanine Lee

    May 15, 2016 at 12:51 am

    This is awesome charity happy to see this news on Bella Petite you always come through Ann Lauren! Can’t wait to see all the vids and pics of you with the rockers I adore! Matt Sorum is totally hot drummer he looks great too!

  13. Benny

    May 15, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Miss Ann Lauren you are too hotttt to handle! You and rock and roll are a natural fit! G’N’R, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cult, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath my hero bands! When will you have the vids and pics soon I hope my dear!xxx

  14. Shawn

    May 15, 2016 at 4:32 am

    This is bitchen news! I am looking forward to seeing you Miss Ann Lauren on the red carpet with these awesome celebrities I love rock and roll! I grew up rocking out to G’N’R and Matt Sorum is one of the greatest drummers on the planet! I will be looking for your pictures with him and your interviews. Rock on Ann Lauren you are dabomb a total babe in action!

  15. Rhonda Alders

    May 15, 2016 at 6:02 am

    This is the best news ever! Love all these bands so many rock legends in one place WOW! How cool is this! You scored Bella love this magazine will check back to see the vids and pics will be donating to this cause Adopt the arts is very important my kids are into music big time here in LA. Thanks!

  16. Peter

    May 15, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Ann Lauren you are my dream queen saw this on FB and you got my attention. Your beauty is stunning and your brains make you hotter than hot gurl! I am a huge Matt Sorum G’N’R fan the Cult and Velvet Revolver tracked Sorums career for years now. I want to see your hotness on video with Matt Sorum you go get em’ for us I have faith you well and want more pics too!

  17. Lana

    May 15, 2016 at 7:37 am

    I love Matt Sorum!

  18. Betty Lou

    May 15, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I wish I was there so many of the best music men in the world! I will donate for sure Adopt The Arts is great cause! I hope to see others be supportive our kids are important.

  19. Eva

    May 15, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Well written article on my favorite drummer Matt Sorum his charity is so important that is why I support it! Look forward to your next installment with vids and pics you rock hard Bella! Keep it coming!!!!!!!

  20. Val

    May 15, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Radical!!!!! Want more!!! Please NOW 🙂

  21. Teri

    May 15, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Fantastic this is awesome! Love Matt Sorum is the king of drummers he is hot too! More please and make it quick! LOL you dabitch Ann Lauren cool post gurl!! xox

  22. Diana Paul

    May 15, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Awesomeness! I wish I was there, bit I will donate to this I like it. Would like to see more pics and vids thanks!

  23. Donald

    May 16, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Friggin awesome news this rocks!

  24. Carly Simone

    May 16, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Offdahook! OMG my rock heroes in one concert WOW! Luv Matt Sorum! Adopt The Arts is needed in our schools will donate asap! Hope other follow my lead our LA schools really in trouble this is good charity.

  25. Neil Stone

    May 16, 2016 at 3:15 am

    Saw this on facebook and was shocked how great this is all my favorite rockstars and rock legends Zander and Hughes they are the coolest! Matt Sorum is the best drummer ever! Ann Lauren look forward to seeing more of what you do with this coverage you are gorgeous smart and entertaining bring it to me hottie!

  26. Shannon

    May 16, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Made my day to see this! Love Matt Sorum and all the rock guys at this event. More please asap! Want to see vids and pics you promised thank you 🙂 Good going gurl lov Bella!

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