Matt Sorum has had plenty of jobs in music, including drumming for Guns N Rose, Velvet Revolver and Motorhead.
But there’s one job you didn’t know about — he used to smuggle drugs.
Sorum made the confession on the podcast 2 Hours With Matt Pinfield.
“I used to smuggle cocaine across borders,” Sorum told Pinfield.
“I’d fly on airplanes with two kilos strapped around my waist. Most of my deliveries were [to] Hawaii, because I had a big connection there, but I would smuggle.”
He said he did it to fund his music career.
“Imagine the movie Blow and then think about coming up in rock and roll, before I got in the bands that I was in,” he said.
“My way to pay my way was smuggling, and that’s what I did.”
Sorum also said he had a near miss.
“The last time I smuggled two kilos to Hawaii I remember thinking I was being followed, and it wasn’t because I was paranoid on cocaine — I really felt that I was being followed,” Sorum said.
“So, I told the guy that I flew this stuff for — I was the mule; and I got, like, a couple grand every time I went — ‘I can’t do this. I’m being followed.’ He’s like, ‘Oh, man, you’re just high.’ I’m like, ‘No, man. I’m being followed. I’m not doing it. I’m going back to L.A.’
“I was living in Long Beach… the guy that took my placegot arrested: twenty years in a federal penitentiary, international drug smuggling.
“That would have been me.”