Steve Stevens and Geezer Butler Discuss Their New Band, Deadland Ritual

[from left] Matt Sorum, Geezer Butler, Franky Perez and Steve Stevens (Image credit: Jonas Akerlund)

Geezer Butler and Steve Stevens want to make one thing clear: Don’t even think of calling Deadland Ritual — the new band they recently formed with drummer Matt Sorum (formerly of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver) and singer Franky Perez (of Apocalyptica and formerly of Scars on Broadway) — a “supergroup.” They’re having none of that.

“It’s kind of a passé term, isn’t it?” Butler asks rhetorically. “Whenever I think of supergroups, I think of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix — people of that caliber. Supergroups were kind of a Sixties or Seventies thing. We’re just four guys getting together and doing what we like.”

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Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar World, Guitar Player, MusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.