Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver and Mission Viejo
by John Alesi, Mission Viejo REALTOR®
Mission Viejo CA Real Estate
So just what do these three things have in common? Stay tuned...
Today was Career Day at one on our fine Mission Viejo Middle Schools, La Paz Intermediate. Along with the usual parade of professionals giving 30 minute lectures to the students was one extremely popular "professional." His name...Matt Sorum! All of you rock n' roller know Matt as the drummer with Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver. Not only is he famous, but back in the day, Mr. Sorem was also a student at this very school. How much more street cred could one guy have in front of 300 screaming middle schoolers?
Dressed in the requisite black jacket, black denim pants, red suede boots and spiky hair, Matt Sorum told of how he got his start with bands like the Cult, touring along with national acts and eventually became the drummer for GNR, went on to garner three Grammy nominations and win one, bought a Mercedes and become a success in the music biz. But for all of his hype he really honed in on the one thing that made him a success...become single minded in your purpose and be determined to do what it is you want to do. He is very proud of the fact that he doesn't have a "real job" but rather is a success doing what he really wanted to do from when he was a young boy attending junior high school.
I had a few minutes to talk with Matt before the students arrived where he confessed that he was a little apprehensive about his upcoming presentation. He said, "I hope the students know who I am." Well, from the moment he hit the microphone, it was apparent that they not only knew him, but knew of the bands he played in and, upon his exit, was immediately swarmed with students asking for his autograph on Guns N'Roses CDs, T-Shirts, notebooks and drumheads. As a finale to his visit to La Paz Intermediate, Mr. Sorem stayed after in the music room to talk one-on-one with a few of the students, asking them questions about their dreams and, of course, siging a few more autographs and mugging for some photos.
Thank you, Matt Sorem, for your inspiring words to our young students! You are a real pro!
*EDIT* I need to send a special shout out to Dan Robbins, the director of Music at La Paz for his efforts in arranging Mr. Sorum's appearance.
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