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Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Members Perform Surprise Gig At SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL - Jan. 24, 2003

Former GUNS N' ROSES members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums) served as the backing band for actress Gina Gershon during a one-off performance at a private party to celebrate the premiere of Alex Steyermark's "Prey for Rock & Roll" at Sundance Film Festival on Monday (Jan. 20).

Gershon — who plays the aging frontwoman of an all-girl Los Angeles rock band and sings throughout the film — and the GUNS N' ROSES vets blazed through a set that included covers of the NANCY SINATRA hit "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" and the STOOGES' "I Wanna Be Your Dog", during which McKagan duetted with Gershon. Waylon Jennings' son Shooter, a friend of "Prey…" co-star Drea de Matteo and frontman for L.A. hard rock band STARGUNN, took over lead duties for BAD COMPANY's "Feel Like Makin' Love", as well as GN'R's "It's So Easy" and the set-closer "Paradise City".

In a brief interview with Sorum posted at Rollingstone.com, Sorum talked about the decision by the trio of ex-bandmates to reunite with former guitarist Izzy Stradlin with a view towards forming a new band together.

"When we went out and saw what [GUNS N' ROSES frontman] Axl [Rose] was doing with his band, we decided there was nothing standing in our way," Sorum said. "We've written over fifty songs. We're ready. We're going to make a rock & roll album."

"We had to take some years to heal from what happened," Sorum continued. "It was all so crazy. We're a little older, a little wiser, but we've still got the rock & roll in us. We've been rehearsing every fucking day, five days a week. Coming to Sundance was a good way to break up the monotony of it."

According to Sorum, the as-yet-unnamed band hopes to get in the studio with a new vocalist — "just like RAGE [AGAINST THE MACHINE] did" — within the next few months and hopes to release a record by the fall.

 

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