Matt Sorum

Matt Sorum – 5th Anniversary Celebration of “The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil” at the Mirage in Las Vegas on June 8, 2011 – The Mirage Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, NV, USA –  Photo Credit: PRN / PR Photos

Birth Name: Matthew William Sorum

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 19, 1960

*father – Norwegian, German, Swiss-German, Czech/Bohemian
*mother – English, Dutch, Irish

Matt Sorum is an American drummer and percussionist. He was a member of the hard rock bands Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver. Other members of the band include or have included Steven Adler, Duff McKagan, Melissa Reese, Axl Rose, Slash, and Izzy Stradlin. Matt was also a member of hard rock supergroup Velvet Revolver, along with Dave Kushner, Duff McKagan, Slash, and Scott Weiland.

Matt is married to Ace Harper.

Matt’s paternal grandfather was Kermit Burdette Sorum (the son of Nels Sorum and Berith/Betsey Haugen). Kermit was born in South Dakota. Nels was born in Minnesota, to Norwegian parents. Berith was from Norway.

Matt’s paternal grandmother was Corolla Zelphia Paffrath (the daughter of William/Wilhelm Paffrath and Anna Bellig). Corolla was born in Minnesota. William was born in Illinois, to German parents, Caspar Paffrath and Barbara Schnad. Anna was born in Minnesota, to a Swiss-German father, Samuel Bellig, and a Bohemian mother, Francis Jirousek.

Matt’s maternal grandfather was Robert Wallace Winslow (the son of Leon Arnold Winslow and Elizabeth J./G. Rogers). Robert was born in Portland, Cumberland, Maine. Leon was the son of William H. Winslow and Addie Fisk. Elizabeth was the daughter of Frank E. Rogers and Elizabeth McGraw.

Matt’s maternal grandmother was Josephine Gurnee (the daughter of Morris C. Gurnee and Lillian A. DeMocker). Josephine was born in New York. Morris was the son of John R. Gurnee and Eva/Ella. Lillian was the daughter of Jacob L. Demoeker, who was Dutch, and of Margaret B. Lindsey, who was Irish.

Sources: Marriage record of Matt’s parents –

Matt’s paternal grandfather, Kermit Burdette Sorum, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Matt’s paternal grandmother, Corolla Zelphia Paffrath, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Matt’s paternal great-grandfather, William/Wilhelm Paffrath, on the 1875 Minnesota State Census –

Matt’s paternal great-grandmother, Anna Bellig, on the 1870 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Matt’s maternal grandparents, Robert Wallace Winslow and Josephine Gurnee –

Marriage record of Matt’s maternal great-grandparents, Leon Arnold Winslow and Elizabeth J./G. Rogers –

Matt’s maternal great-grandfather, Morris C. Gurnee, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Matt’s maternal great-grandmother, Lillian A. DeMocker, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

3 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Who is Melissa Reece and why was she put between the historical members of original Guns ‘n Roses line-up? That is ridiculous.

  2. madman says:

    Norwegian (paternal grandfather), English, German, Swiss-German, Czech/Bohemian, Dutch, Irish

  3. andrew says:

    Link him with the original Gn’R’s members:

    Axl Rose
    Izzy Stradlin
    Duff McKagan
    Steven Adler (replaced by Matt Sorum)


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