Former Guns N' Roses drummer files to Japan to protest against dolphin hunt
Matt Sorum is currently holed up in a small fishing village protesting against its annual dolphin hunt
Sorum arrived in the village of Taiji on Sunday (September 1), the day of the hunt, during which dolphins are rounded up into a cove before being speared by local fishermen for their meat. The Taiji hunt was the subject on an Oscar-winning 2009 documentary film called The Cove.
Speaking to Billboard shortly after watching the hunt, Sorum said: "Like a bad nightmare, I'm watching it almost like a twilight zone, surreal, looking into my eyes in complete disbelief – what's going on in front of me." He has also tweeted extensively about the hunt in recent days, including this message from yesterday (September 2):
Sorum served as Guns N' Roses' drummer for seven years from 1990-7 and also played alongside Slash and Duff McKagan in supergroup Velvet Revolver. He now has a new band called Kings Of Chaos.
Sorum also revealed that he is planning to organise a rock concert in Tokyo with a "celebrate the dolphin" theme. "I'm going to bring a bunch of heavyweights, big rock stars. The main thing is to get the Japanese kids," he explained. However, the Japanese fishermen insist that the annual hunt is a village tradition and call out Western critics who eat other types of meat for being hypocritical.