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2006.01.17/23/25 - Metal Sludge - 20 Questions with X-Gn’R drummer Steven Adler (I, II, III)

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20 Questions with X-Gn’R drummer Steven Adler

January 17, 2006

What can we say but this was not easy getting to an original member of Guns N’ Roses. Sometime back a sweet Sludgette and her friends tried to make this happen at a AA show in person, but the stars were not aligned, and the ducks were all not in a row. A day or two later, a phoner was set up, Steven even answered but got side tracked in less than a minute. So, it didn’t happen that time either. But today was different, we’re guessing the full moon and the date had something to do with it.

Metal Sludge spent a good part of the day with Adler’s Appetite on the opening date of their World tour. That day happen to be Friday the 13th of January. The band did a few southern California warm up shows and are off to Europe for a solid 2 months of dates. We caught up with guitarist Michael Thomas, bassist Chip Z’Nuff, new front man Sheldon (Chassis) Tarsha and Mr. Steven Adler himself.

We conducted a few different interviews with various members and they were pretty different than most others we’ve done. Too say the guys opened up would be an understatement.  We asked traditional questions, but some took on a life of their own. It’s safe to say we asked Steven upwards of 50 questions.

The following is part I of our long and extensive conversation with Steven. This is only half of what was said, check back next week for part II. We’d like to thank Steven for being so open and candid about the past, the present and the future. Enjoy…

Metal Sludge: Steven let’s talk about the band, past present, and all the Sludge! What happened with that recent stuff surrounding the old band members?

Steven Adler: Hey don’t get me wrong, I’m not too fond of Robbie or Jackass Jizzy, but Keri Kelly, I love Keri Kelly. As a person I love him, a business man he’s great, a player he’s phenomenal, there is no bigger jackass on stage – and I mean that in a good way.

MS: You mean a ham?

SA: You say ham, I say jackass! Nobody can perform and entertain like him.  And I want to write songs with him, when I start working on our record.
I wanted to get away from (pauses) because I had a lot, a lot of problems with the other guys. With money, respect, and I wanted, the only reason (pausing) Keri, I had to, you know, let him go on this…. Keri, (pauses) I just wanted to start fresh. And the things that those guys, Robbie and those guys were doing to me behind my back. I don’t think for a second he was a part of it, but I know he knew it was going on. And so, I don’t blame him for nothing.
I just wanted to start it fresh. And I’m glad I did. And I’m glad I got Michael (Thomas) back. He did a European tour with me before and he’s great. Chip (Z’Nuff) I’ve known Chip for a while, we’ve played a few times together, and even before I met him, and knew him, just hearing his music and seeing him perform in videos, I wanted to play with him more than anything. And you know who else I want? Is, I want fucking Ronnie Younkins from KIX. I got to play with him for a little bit… I love Ronnie Younkins, he’s the shit!

MS: Let’s do this; we want to ask you some Sludge style questions. This is your chance to plug your dates. You got a European tour coming up, tell us about it?

SA: It’s a dream come true. Basically we’re starting off in Spain, and ending off in Rio Di Janeiro Brazil. Pretty much, fuck yeah. Turkey. Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, umm, we’re pretty much hitting everything up. We just got back from Argentina, and then we’re going to start off again in Rio ( Brazil), Mexico, and Argentina again. I’m doing this because I’m a God damn musician and I love to rock! I told Chuck (AA agent at AWW), I said dude, "I don’t want none of these 2-3 week tours."  I said, "I want to be on the road at least 300 out of the 365 days. "

MS:  How does the new AA line up compare to others?

SA: I’m having so much more fun. We are so much more, (pause) we like each other. There are 5 personalities, but we’re all one. We’re all just, (pauses), we love each other. And we play, we work off each other so, I mean so easily.  We know what the other guy is doing before he does it. And that’s a rare-rare thing to happen, starting right off.  You know what I mean?

MS:  Tell us about the earliest memories of GnR, and when did you realize that something really FUCKING huge was happening?

SA: Umm…we would rehearse in this studio behind Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard. But Guitar Center use to be across the street from there in this little purple building. And we lived in this one room, and there was no bathroom, and we wrote the greatest songs, and had the greatest times. And every time we would do a show…(pauses) I always knew it since I was ten years old. Me and Slash grew up with each other, and had known each other since we were eleven years old. I gave him his first guitar, showed him his first chords. That whole Guns n’ Roses, that was our dream we dreamed. We ditched school everyday, and all we did was talk about putting a rock n’ roll band together. Making a record, traveling around the world, fucking all the girls we can, and our dream came true. And there was never a doubt that we weren’t going to do it or it wasn’t going to happen.
I worked 4 or 5 jobs at the same time because I knew, that’s what paying your dues was.  If you believe in yourself, and you practice, and I figured if I had one job I’d be paying my dues this quick. I could get to where I want to be in life this fast. If I had two jobs, I could get there twice as fast. I had four jobs going man; I made this shit when I was 18 years old, just like I always knew I would.

MS: What about your last days in GnR. What was it like, the good the bad and the ugly?

SA: It was great until umm… I wanted to get off heroin and, because I just started doing it with the guys. And I didn’t know you got sick. The first day I got sick I called up my manager and I said; “dude, I don’t what the fuck is going on, but I feel sick.” And (pauses) he took me to this doctor and this doctor gave me an opiate blocker. But you can’t take an opiate blocker when you’re on heroin. And then if you did do heroin, nothing would happen. But you can’t take it until you’re completely off the heroin. And I got completely, so sick, and they wanted to go in and record “Civil War.” I said: “Slash dude, I’m so sick I can’t do it right now.” And he said; “We can’t waste the money, we got to do it now!” I said dude; “Don’t even tell me about wasting money, we know one other person who is wasting SO much fucking money, we can wait another week.”

MS: What person is that? (everyone laughing)

SA: Who do you think? Axl! And then this. (pauses) It went from being the closest, bestest friends, that, you know, (pauses) that had your back, and knew that you, you had their back, and it was so close (pause) and then the drugs, I, I don’t, we were all doing drugs together, and that ruins the whole thing.  Everybody kind of went on their own little separate way (pauses) doing their drugs by themselves then. And it just went down, and the love wasn’t there, (pauses) the respect wasn’t there, and it was very sad.
But we were still, so great. The last show I ever played with them was over at Farm Aid. And to this day, I never heard the original version of “Down on the farm.” I guess some punk band ( UK Subs) did it, and we’re on stage and all of a sudden Axl goes; “This is a song ‘down on a farm.” And I yelled at Duff: “I go, Duff, Duff, what the fuck is this, how does this go?” And he just clapped his hands and just says; “just do this (clapping hands) boom, boom, boom.” And that song came out so kick ass, because I knew what Duff was gonna play before he played it.  Yeah, each of us knew what we were gonna do before, we were, each of us were gonna do it. And I mean, if somebody was gonna hit a wrong note, which rarely happened, or something, (pauses) we knew it was gonna happen before. It just was so tight. It was just wonderful, and then for them to just turn on me – that was pretty much the worst moment.

MS: Let’s do rate a drummer 1-10. 1 being a horrible drummer and 10 being a really good drummer!

Tommy Lee = Fucking amazing! That guy is sick, anybody who can, I spun on that thingy (rotating drum kit/riser), you know that he use to have in the show. I had to put my feet in the snare drum or they were going right behind my head. And that motherfucker would spin, and kick ass. It’s just amazing! The highest drummer to me in the world, a billion and ten, is Roger Taylor from Queen.

Bobby Blotzer = He doesn’t get as good of recognition as he should, he really does throw a couple good grooves in there. He is really good. He did some great stuff on the records. I’ll give him a, a ten.

Alex Van Halen = Ten Thousand!

Stephen Riley = Oh dude, he’s awesome too. He surprised the hell out of me; I’ll give him a ten.

Neil Peart = Umm…I don’t think the number is high enough.

Vikki Foxx = (Steven talking to Chip) Can I say Vikki Foxx can kiss my ass? Or should I give him a ten? (Chip says something to Steven) Okay, I’ll give him a ten, because he’s got a fucking 13 inch cock!

Carmine Appice = Is God!

Terry Bozzio = Umm…dude he is phenomenal, he’s sick! He’s way; he’s in the Ten thousands too!

Rikki Rocket = He gave a great blow job! (pauses then starts laughing) No I’m kidding! Rikki, he’s one of the best showman, and he can still throw in some cool fills, that fill the song, I’ll give him a TEN!

Matt Sorum = Can kiss my ass. Sorum, I’ll give him a five. Cause he don’t do nothing special. And I have nothing against him because he took my, you know, he was hired to do my job. But, it wasn’t his fault; you know it’s just a gig to him. But he ruined all those songs that I wrote, cause Use Your Illusion, me and Slash and Duff wrote all that fucking shit.

(Editors Note: Stevens answers to these questions were lightning fast. His wit and charisma was very clear and evident. For someone who has admittedly had a serious drug addiction and severe health problems because of this, he has not lost a step.)

MS:  Do you remember filming the video for “Welcome to the Jungle?”

SA: God damn that was so much fun. We filmed that where Robert Kennedy got shot, in the Park Plaza hotel.

(Editors Note: The "Welcome to the Jungle" video was shot August 1st, 1987 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Hey Hosejob, thanks for doing the dirty work! Fun fact, Heavy Metal Thunder & Mud featuring: Tuff, Wildside, Bill Gazzarri & Jessica Hahn was also shot at the LA Park Plaza Hotel location.)

MS: Do you remember the girl you were sitting on the bed with in that video?

SA: Wait, uuh, Julie! Julie Angel, yeah, yeah, she was wonderful.  Her and this girl named Lisa, I was there roommate. I rented out their laundry room. Oh yeah, I put this futon mattress in there, and I had a TV I put in there, and I had the cable put in, and I had you know, my own little door, they were my roommates. Those were the greatest girls.
Think about this, Guns n’ Roses, one of the coolest, biggest bands, and we’re filming “Welcome to the Jungle” and none of us could find a fucking girl to be in it with us. Nobody could think of a girl. And I go: “Hey, let’s get Julie man, she’s got a great ass.” She was so fine. I said: “Let’s call Julie and get her to come over here.” So I call up and say: “Hey Julie, can you be in this video with us?” And she says: “Yeah, okay.” And I say: “We’ll be by to pick you up in 10 minutes.” And that’s why she was in the video. Cause none of us could get, well, obviously I could, cause I got her.

MS: What rock star deserves a big smack in the mouth and why?

SA: Umm…Oh God, I wanna say Axl, I really want to. Yeah, so, not that, (pause) I love Axl, I wanna kiss his face, and slap it, well first I wanna kiss it, then I wanna kick his ass. Umm…God, see, you know…(pausing) I, yeah, there is nobody I wanna slap in the face. There are a couple of people I wouldn’t mind getting a blow job from, but nobody I really wanna slap. (everyone laughing)

MS: Who do you wanna get a blow job from?

SA: (still laughing) I’m just kidding, I just wanna get people thinking.

MS: If you had to join any 80s band from the start besides Gn’R who would it be and why

SA: Oh God, from the start? Hmmm, I’m trying to think, Hanoi Rocks would’ve been cool. (super long pause) Enuff Z’nuff. (no laughter at all)

MS:  What do you do everyday when you wake up, for the first hour or two?

SA: Umm, I smoke a joint, I jack off if I don’t have a woman with me, umm, well, first I’ll pee, than I’ll jack off. And then just hang around, eat and play with my dogs. And then play my drums whenever I hear a cool song that comes on the Tv.

MS: Name the 3 high points and the 3 lowest points of your career to date?

SA: Okay, I’ll tell you the best, the best moment in my life, and the worst moments of my life. The best moment of my life was having sex with Stephen Tyler in the back of a tour bus. The worst moment of my life, was when the second time I did heroin was on the last show of the Aerosmith tour, and you know you had those meet n’ greet rooms. And, you know I opened up the door and I’m standing there in my rock star pose, all looking all cool and Stephan Tyler is like, 5, 10, 8 feet in front of me, talking with this girl laughing, and he looks up cause he noticed my presence. And he has the biggest smile on his face, and then he could just see in my eyes, that I did heroin, and he made the saddest face and umm… my heart just dropped, and I wanted to die right there.
Because Stephen Tyler is the greatest person in this whole world, and I love him, and there is nobody in the world like him, and I (pauses) hurt his feelings, and it just hurt me so bad. The best and the worst times were with Stephen Tyler. Greatest person in the world, there is nobody cooler, it, there is nobody cooler in any and every way, that person could be in this whole universe.

MS: The epitome of cool?

SA: Yeah, beyond, I mean, nobody comes close! I mean, I’m a cool motherfucker…but I’m on, you know on a scale of 1 to 10, I’m a 10 for a cool motherfucker but he is just peeked, a number like I say, there isn’t even a number for him. The greatest person I ever met. That was really sad that I disappointed him.

MS:  Is the legal stuff with Jizzy, Keri & Robbie for real or is that all talk?

SA: That is just, oh my God, unbelievable! Dude, I have the copyright to my name Adler’s Appetite, in my desk at home, okay. They don’t own jack shit! They’re just jealous because they, (pause) took advantage of me, they ummm…(pause) treated me like shit, they ummm…were, very-very, I mean so disrespectful to me, that they’re jealous, that, and they didn’t think I was, and they thought I was so fucked up, that I wouldn’t be able to put a band together.
They wanted me to cancel the Argentina shit. I said; “Fuck you!” In two weeks, I had another band put together, which, (pause) are the greatest guys, and the most fun guys to be with, and play with. And they’re just jealous that we’re going on a huge world tour for 3 months and they’re not.

Juciy? Gossip? Wait til you read part II. As Metal Sludge comes outright and asks about Steven liking men, sucking cocks, making love to rock stars, smoking crack, and even some raunchy stuff too.

Steven holds back nothing and blows his load several times.

He shows the sincerest of all sides. A sad side, the mad side, the drug addict side that talks about not sharing heroin when you only have a little left. He also talks about Andy McCoy and his wife, Axl & Erin Everly, Duff and Slash all in depth. The word association alone is an interview in itself.

He really shows his heart and soul. See ya next week…


Part II Steven Adler X-Guns N’ Roses Drummer

January 23, 2006

Did you enjoy the start of Steven’s 20 Questions?  Well this is Part II, and yes, believe it or not, there will be a Part III.

The transcribed interview is nearly 20 pages long. And it’s just too good to let it all out at once.  Besides, you can only read about so much cock sucking, crack smoking and overdosing without wanting to do all three yourself, so you’ll have to wait another week for the major finale!

Maybe if you’re all good little Sludgettes, and Sludgeaholics, we’ll put it up on Thursday! Continued from Part I…

MS: AA seems to be drawing a few thousand or more people in foreign countries. Are the crowds bigger outside the US and if so, why do you think that is?

SA: This is gonna be my third, fourth time going there. It starts anywhere from thirty five hundred, to ahh… shit, we played in front of eighty thousand people.

MS: Why do you think the crowds are so much better in foreign countries as opposed to the U.S.A.?

SA: Cause America is hip-hop, ahh, rap, completely oriented. There is only a few bands, like Aerosmith, the Stones, ummm…AC/DC, there’s not too many rock bands out there that can do what they did, back in the 70s and 80s. Cause America is just, totally and completely rap and hip-hop oriented. And dude put it this way, last September I did a European tour, and the bus pulls up in front of the hotel to pick us up. Bus driver walks off the bus, this guy is wearing a Uriah Heep 2004 tour t-shirt. That’s how big fucking rock n’ roll is in Europe. But, you know what I’m saying, Uriah Heep, when was the last time, fuck, you really heard of them? And they’re huge in Europe, rock n’ roll is alive and well.

MS: What was the most amount of cash you ever spent in one night? Or off a credit card?

SA: The most money I ever spent in one night or off a credit card? God, I’ve done some God damn good shopping man. I’m blessed and thankful, and appreciate it. Umm, I bought a truck one night, (Steven laughing) one night I just had to go out a buy a brand new Ford Bronco. Umm, I don’t, I probably spent 600 bucks on drugs one night.

MS: 600 bucks on drugs?

SA: Yeah, in one night you know, you know 600 is a lot of drugs, so it at least took me 2-3 days to do. (Steven laughing) I’m kidding. I’m only kidding.

MS: We’ll put that if you want, you’re only kidding?

SA: Yes, please thank you. The most I really spent was probably only 300.

MS: What was your biggest ever musical related pay check for, like a check that came in the mail?

SA: One check, ummm…Eight hundred fifty thousand dollars. ($ 850,000.00)

MS: Was that the pay off for Gn’R thing?

SA: No, no, uh, okay, the biggest check I got handed to me, it didn’t come in the mail, uh, was two million two hundred fifty thousand dollars. ($ 2,250,000.00)

MS: Was that the pay off thing?

SA: It wasn’t the pay off; it was what they owed me. And I got all my royalties back, and I got my (in-audible), I got everything back. They took every, wanted, they wanted to give me two thousand dollars and throw me in the street. And take my royalties, my song writing credits, they wanted to take everything from me.

MS: But your lawyer fought, and you won?

SA: I got my two million two hundred fifty thousand dollars. That was already owed to me from when the lawsuit – whole thing was going on, and got all my royalties and rights back. I get 15% of everything.

MS: That’s a beautiful thing.

SA: Yes it is. And I’m very thankful.

MS: If you could back in time, and change one thing, what would it be?

SA: (long pause) ahh, umm, that last night when we played with Aerosmith at Irvine Meadows and I was riding my scooter around, and I rode up the ramp where the trucks come down. And I ran into the bass player – God bless his soul – from TSOL, and I said “hey” cause I knew him you know, cause I was friends with his drummer and that’s why I wore the TSOL shirt in the “Sweet Child O’ Mine” video. And I go “hey dude” his name was Roach, and I said; ”Roach what’s happenin’ man, how you doing man?” he said; “oh good, hanging out.” I said; “you got tickets, passes?” And he said; “no.” So I reach in my little hippie bag and give him tickets and passes. So I go: “Well where you going now?” And he goes: “I’m going to score some dope!” And I did heroin one time before with Izzy and Slash and I was never so sick in my whole life.  And ahhh, this was like, 3-4 years later again, I didn’t even think about it and totally forgot how sick I did get. And I said; “ahh, here, you know, here is twenty bucks, get me a little bit too. “ And then I did it, and I didn’t get sick.  And that’s when I walked in and Steven Tyler saw me. And that’s when it, Oh God…    

MS: That was the change?

SA: Ohh man, that, umm, that was the saddest day of my life.

MS: We give you a year and you tell us what you remember. This is called Memory Lane, are you ready…

SA: Hold on. (Stevens coughing). Hold on I’m smoking a joint (more coughing)

1982 = Having sex with this amazing hot chick on the top of Vicki Hamilton’s apartment. And she was so fine, my kind of girl, dark hair, beautiful, but she didn’t shave under her arms.

1985 = Umm, just playing around the clubs, having girls, you know, take care of me and shit, knowing a lot of strippers.

1987 = Finally being able to travel around the world.

1989 = God, being so fucking happy, driving my Mercedes around with my fucking stereo on, and the top down. And I’d drive down Sunset Boulevard man and people just yelling; “Hey Stevie what’s happening?” That was great!

1992 = Umm, going over to this club that use to be called Peanuts on Santa Monica but it wasn’t called Peanuts then, it was something else I don’t remember. At first I went there a month earlier, and I was standing in line and the door guy recognizes me, and says: “Dude, Stevie you don’t have to wait in line.” And he walked me right in. And then like after ’92 I wasn’t in the band anymore and I went there, and the guy told me I got to go wait in line with everybody else.

(Note: This is the same club where Riki Rachtmen’s Bordello was held every Thursday night. It’s also a club that hosts gay, and transgendered nights.)

1995 = Was there a 1995? God, uhh, well after ’92 I really couldn’t tell you much up til, ahh (long pause) what, maybe, ’99?

1998 = (long pause and stuttering) I don’t know, I think I came out of a coma? (Steven’s giggling a bit as he says this)

2000 = I started getting my shit together, moved to Las Vegas, and ahh, (pauses) and I started working again.

2002 = Ahh, I was working and been to Europe, fucking, and, ahh, happy as fucking all hell.

2005 = Oh man, been to Europe twice, it was amazing, wonderful, having the greatest time, except for that I found out my old, my band was fucking with me and taking advantage of me, and the wife, the wife I had (long pause) was not very-very kind, and umm, had too much time off.  Had about 4 months off, and I didn’t like it one bit.

MS: Okay, now our next question.

SA: Wait, you didn’t do 2006?

MS: You wanna do 2006, okay let’s go.

2006 = I’ve never been happier in my life, having, having, ahh, a relationship with such a great bunch of guys. That, we all love and want to do, the same thing.

MS:  Word Association: We mention a name and you tell us what comes to your mind?

Johnie Teagarden = Ahh, Johnie Teagarden, I don’t know?  Playing darts.

MS: Do you remember her?

SA: No.

MS: She was a manager and was friends with Del James and all the guys?

SA: Ohh, Del, no, I’ve known Del James, and Wes Arkeen and all those boys, but I was friends with them, but Duff & Axl were really best friends with them. I, that was just a hell house and the whole band would hang there. I was just too busy having sex with girls in different rooms.  

MS: You mean Johnie’s house was the hang out?

SA: What, ahh, no, Del James and Wes Arkeen’s house off of Santa Monica Boulevard.

MS: Okay, so let’s go onto the next name.

Vicky Hamilton = Wonderful lady, I was, (pauses) I had not one thing to do with her not being a part of the band, after we got signed, because she got us signed.  And I wanted her to be a part of it, it was not my idea, and I did not have enough say so in it, for it not to happen. Awesome woman.  And the last day we stayed at her apartment, me and Axl got in a fight, and just destroyed it.  

MS: (Laughing)

SA: Oh yeah, he threw me into the fire extinguisher thing, and then I pushed him onto the glass coffee table. And you should’ve seen that fucker blow up.

MS: Axl or the glass?

SA: Ahh, the glass. Oh yeah, we got into good fights man, we just destroyed, I mean, the TV, holes in the wall. And then, you know of course we’d show, that we, Axl goes, we’d hug and kiss each other and he said; “Dude sorry man. Hey it’s just you know,” and I’d say: “hey dude, I love you too, don’t worry about it. Let’s go do our show. “

Duff McKagan = Umm, God, one of the greatest guys I’ve ever met. And one badass motherfucker.  I wouldn’t want to fight with him.  He is one of the greatest guys.

Davy Vain = I Love Davy Vain. He is one of the most greatest guys, I lived with, he let me rent one of his rooms out, ahh, 4-5 different times. The most wonderful guy, we had a band called Roadcrew that we put together and man those songs, he is just an amazing song writer, and I would love to play with him again. In fact this European tour, I wanted Vain to come with us, and open up for us. Yeah, I had that band with Jamie Scott, Ashley Mitchell, Davy Vain, and I, wonderful guys, and amazing song writers. Davy’s been very good to me, very good friend to me. He helped me out, and took care of me, a very good friend.

Jizzy Pearl = Who’s Jizzy Pearl?

Izzy Stradlin = Besides Steven Tyler, ahh, the coolest mother fucker on this planet. The most wonderful fuckin’ man and they don’t come any cooler – than Izzy. Well, besides Steven Tyler.

Todd Crew = God he was such a great guy man, we had a lot of fun man. Dude, he was, (pause) God bless Todd Crew, I loved that man. Man if I was there, with him and Slash in New York man, I, ahh, he wouldn’t be dead, I would’ve made,  I would’ve kicked his ass back alive. He was so cool, he was just a good guy, and he was like a hardcore looking rocker James Dean. You know what I mean? James Dean was all cool and slick looking? But Todd was like, Dude he was the hardest rocker looking dude, but he was just as cool as James Dean.

Andy McCoy = God I loved Andy. And I hated his fucking wife man that piece of shit whore.

(Note: Steven’s answer was a little inaudible at first and it sounded like Steven said: “I hated his fucking – Mike man, that piece of shit whore. “)  

MS: Michael Monroe you mean?

SA:  No, no, I love Michael Monroe. Andy McCoy’s wife.

MS: Ohh, Andy McCoy’s wife was named what?

SA: I’m not going to mention her name.

MS: Okay, you said you loved Andy, but hated Mike?

SA: No I said I loved Andy McCoy man, he is wonderful except for I hate his "wife. "

MS: Oh, you hate his wife, oh, okay?

SA: That piece of shit whore.

MS: And you love Mike Monroe too?

SA: Oh, Mike’s great. Yeah, yeah, yeah, he gives a good blow job too let me tell you.

MS: (laughing)

SA: He said I wasn’t too bad either.

Del James = He’s a cool mother fucker, very talented, very talented. Good man, very, very smart.

Slash = (takes a deep breath and pauses) He’s my Indian blood brother, and you know what that means right?

MS: Yep, you guys cut your wrists when you were little kids, and put them together to let blood exchange.

SA: Yes, exactly. And I’ll always love him, and I miss him, and I’m gonna kick his little fanny when I see him. All these bands he puts together, after he doesn’t say anything about them throwing me out, he never even gives me a chance to play even one song on the records. I mean not even, you know, call me and ask me to be a part of the band.

MS: To be a guest or something?

SA: But, not even, dude, not even calling me to play, to be the drummer in the band, hurt me bad enough, but not even to come in and play one song.

MS: You sound sad when you talk…

SA: But see, but see, but see he’s a, he’s an asshole. But see I don’t mean that in a bad way. Because even when we were kids, when we were eleven, twelve, thirteen years, he was an asshole then. But, that, but he’s the coolest guy. But, that’s how he has to be successful. If you want to be successful you can’t be a nice guy.

MS: You sound sad when you talk about all the guys. Obviously, I mean even after twenty years, you still have it in your heart. You are part of that band. The Uzi Suicide E.P. came out twenty years ago. You were an equal part of Guns n’ Roses when they made it, you were all very important factors in this band.

SA: And, and we all loved, respected, and were a real family. And had each others backs, we believed in each other. And, I don’t know, it couldn’t be money – cause that would be ridiculous, cause we were making millions of dollars.  It couldn’t have been that the money got in the way; I know that drugs had a lot to do with, but we were all doing it together. I was just, that was my whole life. Like I said me and Slash, that’s all we dreamed of. Right when we get to the very top, they kicked me in the, as high as you can pretty much get, in success they kicked me in the head and they said it’s over for me. That was very hurtful, they, the guys meant everything in the world to me.

MS: So, if it wasn’t greed, or money, or drugs, so then it was control?

SA: Control what? Everything was running smoothly. The only problems we ever had, was Axl would fucking, come out in front of 20,000 people, play a half a song, throw the mic down and leave. And we put up with that.  And I still had his back on it.

MS: But Axl became a control freak, at one point he even kicked out Duff and Slash and went his own way with other people.

SA: I, I, (long pause), yeah, I always, for me, I know myself, I know Slash too cause we always talked about, we could’ve been like Aerosmith, like the Stones. Dude they’ve been together 30-40 fucking years. And there was no reason…

Part III is even more personal and revealing.


The Finale of Steven Adler X-Gn’R drummer’s 20?s

January 25, 2006

Well, we have seen all the pictures, and read the first parts of Steven’s interview. So, now let’s get the "finale" out of the way. Better sooner than leter, since the band has now un-officially broke up, disbanded, quit, got fired or whatever the case may be.

It unfortunately seems as if though Steven’s ugly addicitions just may have reared their ugly head only a week into a 8 week tour.

It’s also come to our attention that Steven was "un-happy" with the content of his interview. What can we say, but as painful as it was to read for some, it has been transcribed in great detail. All the umms, stuttering, and pauses to give you an idea of exactly what was said. Now Steven says we’re talking bad about him. Here is more on that right here.

Let’s let Steven be heard again, continued from Part II, and of course Part I…

MS: And they all had their fights as well, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry.

SA: Exactly. Yes, and what do you do when you have a little fight? Hey, you go out and make a solo record, and then you get back together again. You know shit happens, but, I never did nothing to Axl. Axl thinks I gave; this is why I hate Andy McCoy’s fucking wife. Okay, Andy McCoy’s wife gave Erin Everly all these fucking pills, these KLONOPINs and these CLONIDINEs, because Axl got in a fight with her. She told Axl, I gave her heroin. I ‘m the one who called the ambulance cause they brought her over to my house.

MS: Erin you mean?

SA: Yeah, Andy McCoy’s wife. Me and Andy were in my studio in my backyard, we were writing songs okay. And his wife, cause he lived up the hill from me, in Laurel Canyon. So, fucking the wife comes down with Erin, she’s all, she can’t stand up barely, she’s all blah, blah, blah.  And I said: “What the fuck did you give her?” She said: “Well Axl got in a fight and beat her up. So she came over and I gave her all these KLONOPINs and shit.”

MS: Did you say Axl beat her up?

SA: Yeah, cause this was Axl’s girlfriend, or wife at the time.

MS: Erin was.

SA: Yeah.

MS: And then Andy McCoys wife gave her what kind of pills?


MS: What are they called?

SA: KLONOPINs and CLONIDINEs. And they’re MAJOR downers.  She’s all fucked up, And I’m going; “What’s wrong with her?” And she’s: “Blah, blah, blah, I gave her all these pills.” I’m the one who carried her, and put her in my bed. And called the ambulance and saved her life. The whole time this bitch is telling me to; “Give her some heroin, give her some heroin.” And I’m all; “Fuck you bitch!” I’m not giving her fucking heroin. For one, I only have a little bit left, and if you’ve ever been a heroin addict, you ain’t giving your last bit away. Two, this was Axl’s fucking girl.

(Editors Note: Notice the priority order of Steven’s #1 & #2 above. Not funny, but kind of – as long as everyone is still alive.)

MS: Right.

SA: And you never fuck, with your fucking, your band mates. Your mates woman.  Okay. And I would never do that to anybody in the first place. I called the ambulance and saved her, this bitch tells Axl I gave her heroin.  He calls me up and says he’s coming over with a shotgun to kill me.

MS: With a shotgun to kill you?

SA: Yeah. But he never did anything. So that, I mean, I never did anything to Axl. Axl didn’t do anything to me, for me to hate him, I mean, I’ve been disappointed in him when we would do shows, and he would just, just leave the stage after the first song, or in the middle of the first song – because that’s not right. I play for our fans, and I play for people because, I enjoy making people happy, It makes me happy. These people fucking work for months to save up enough money…

MS: To buy that ticket, and buy a t-shirt.

SA: And come to see us play, and he comes out there and, that disappointed me. And I would say something to him, and he would usually just laugh back at me. I didn’t do nothing to him, would never do nothing to him, he didn’t do nothing to me, Slash, Duff, Izzy, I love those guys. We all loved each other. And I don’t know five guys who actually really honestly, and I believe this in my heart, because I know this, like with Robbie, and Keri, and Brent, and that other guy, I don’t remember his name but….

MS: Craig (Bradford)?

SA: No not Craig, somebody else. I don’t know, he would come out and try and sing sometimes. But I don’t remember his name, fuck him, it doesn’t matter.

MS: Joe LeSte?

SA: It doesn’t matter. No, Joe Leste is fucking great…Umm…I’m talking about Jizzy, but I don’t wanna…

MS: Oh, okay, we see what you’re saying here.

SA: So ya, Robbie, and fucking Keri, and Brent and that guy I can’t remember his name who use to sing. I had their backs. They didn’t, if I needed my back taken care of at anytime God forbid, I, there is no way in hell I could’ve counted on them. Dude, Slash, Duff, Axl and Izzy, and myself, we had each others backs, if somebody would say one bad thing about us, and that persons ass was beat. You do not talk about my, this band, Axl, Slash, uhh, we had each other’s honest back.

MS: When is the last time you talked to anyone from the original band?

SA: I talked to Izzy, he might even come to the show tonight. God, Jesus, it would be fabulous. But it was really when I played with them over at the Key Club off Sunset about a year or so ago. But I talked to Izzy a couple months back.

MS: You played with Izzy at the Key Club?

SA: I played with Izzy and Slash, they came and played with my band yeah.

Last time you cried = God, I haven’t cried in so long. I wanna cry so bad dude, you have no idea. I haven’t cried in so long, I know whenever I think of Freddie Mercury from Queen that will make me cry. But then, oh man I’ve needed a good cry so bad for so long, you know it clears you out. You know, it cleans you out and oh man, I could, too long, too long baby, too long.

Last fast food you ate = Shit, my boys just took me to MacDonalds.

Last check you saw for over 50 grand = Ahh, two hundred twenty five thousand dollars. ($ 225,000.00)

MS: How long ago was that?

SA: Mmm, about eight months ago.

Last 80s band you saw live in concert = Fucking Stryper, and they were awesome. Robert Sweet kicks ass. He looks great, man he rocks, it was Stryper in Vegas.

Last time you signed an autograph = About an hour ago!

Last rock star you shook hands with = umm, shit I think Paul Stanley over at the airport, at Las Vegas airport.

Last time you felt you might die = I might, umm when we were leaving, it was about a month ago when I was in Argentina, and I was trying to leave the theatre through the front door, and there was about like 500-600 kids waiting for me to come out. And the first 3 attempts, I made it about 3-4 feet, I couldn’t do it.  And then the fourth one, we just said fuck it, and these two big security guards were holding me, carrying me through the crowd, and I had the biggest smile on my face, dude, I’m so relaxed and comfortable when I’m working.  I had this big smile on my face, and I looked at the security guard and said: “You know we’re gonna die right now, don’t you?”

MS: (laughing)

SA: I’ve never been so touched in my whole life, it was just so wonderful, and I’m thinking, if I had to go, you know what, if you gotta die, this is a God damn cool way to die.

MS: At the hands of your fans?

SA: At the hands of your fans. But I mean, I was smiling, laughing, and it was painful but not in a bad way. But I looked at that security guard, and he had this scared look on his face, and he’s a big guy. And I said: “Dude, you know we’re gonna die right now!” It was great.

Last time you did drugs = Ahh, I’m smoking a joint Right this minute. Hold on; let me take a hit for you.

MS: Okay.

SA: But, I don’t think marijuana is a drug. Cigarettes are a drug. And marijuana isn’t.

MS: Okay, besides cigarettes, or marijuana, when is the last time you did, a hard drug for real?

SA: Umm, I smoked a little rock about 2 months ago.

MS: Okay.

SA: God it tastes so good.

MS: It does?

SA: Fuck yeah!

MS: What does it do?

SA: It makes your cock fucking hard! And you get so fucking horny, and you have the best fucking orgasms that you could God forsaken believe. Believe me, there is a reason for somebody to do something like that.

MS: Now we’re pretty much done with the interview, but we’ve heard the stories, that you’d suck someone’s cock for drugs. Was that in your book, or in an interview?

SA:  That’s not in my book.

MS: Did you say it in an interview?

SA: No, okay.  When I was 12, 13 years old, I grew up in Hollywood, off Santa Monica Boulevard and Fairfax.

MS: Right.

(Note: To our readers not familiar with this area, this intersection is pretty much in the heart of West Hollywood. Also known as “boys town” and is the central district for the gay and lesbian community of Los Angeles. It is not uncommon to see grown men walking hand in hand and kissing in public with male prostitutes on many of the street corners.)

SA: Okay, Santa Monica Boulevard is a gay neighborhood.

MS: Right.

SA: Where people, pick up, where guys will pick up guys.

MS: Right.

SA:  So, you know Slash, I lived on Hayworth, North Hayworth, and Slash lived on Sweetzer. So there was a couple times I’d walk down the street and I got a blow job from some guy. I was thirteen years old, I use to walk around with a fucking hard-on, and you know 24 hours a day. And I, was, you know you’re a teenager, and you’re not getting girls doing it. And so I was partying with somebody, and I got a blow job. I was thirteen years old, I was, WHAT! I’m the only one?

(Steven now becomes a little bit defensive)

MS: No, but we’re just asking because you’ve been pretty open about it?

SA: No, I know, but for the people reading this, that, if, people say, oh well that never happened to me or I never thought that, or blah, blah, blah, you know they’re fucking full of SHIT! Cause I’m not the only person who ever walked down the street and smoked a joint at 12, 13 years old, smoked a joint with someone and all of a sudden I’m getting a blow job from the guy. Okay, it’s not something I was looking for, it just happened – I was a teenager growing up. There’s nothing wrong with it. You know, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who’s ever had that happen to.

MS: So when you do drugs, like rock, you say that it makes you horny?

SA: Yeah, well it makes, the first, it hits you, and then goes right to your balls and cock dude. Good stuff, good stuff. But, but if you’re by yourself, you’re doing a lot of jacking off. So, its best being with a chick that wants to party too with you, cause than you can do the fuckin’.  Because you jack off too much, and it’s just not good you know.

(Note: Jacking off is not good? How about the smoking of crack? We’re guessing that might be a little bit worse than the J/O part. But who are we to judge, let’s move along, shall we?)

MS: This wasn’t going to be one of the questions, but since you’ve been so open…

SA: Come on dude, be real, I’m not, I’m a realistic person. This is nothing I made up, I mean, or came up with, I didn’t invent this shit. I mean, if I’m doing it, and the ten million people who do this shit too, what and they’re not doing it?

MS: So, you obviously love woman but you’re kind of admitting…

SA: I love woman. Dude, I was 13 years old, I couldn’t get a woman to suck my dick.

MS: But you said during this interview, that somebody sucked a good cock, are you being serious or joking?

SA: Oh, I was just joking. You guys, I said, Rikki Rocket, I was just joking. I know Rikki, This is just a joke.

MS: Let’s ask this. Did you ever meet a man, that you were with, that you thought you’d like to do something with him, or said to yourself; I’m turned on, or we’re both smoking crack together, so let’s suck each other off?"

SA: (pauses) You know, not in, not in a lot of years. You know, not, (pauses) like the young teens, you know what, no, but, in the younger teenage years I was all; “yeah I wouldn’t mind if this guy sucked my cock!”

MS: Right.

SA: You know, but now you know, I, I love the girls, I love the pussy, I hate woman, I hate girls, as long as their mouth has a cock in it, or it’s taped up with a pair of panties in it.

MS: (Everyone’s laughing)

SA: Because they just talk too much! But there is nothing in the world like a beautiful sweet pussy, and a nice ass. There just isn’t.  And you know I’m 40 years old, (pauses) fucking isn’t the most important thing to me anymore. Rock n’ roll is. You know, it’s just, it’s just not.

Last time you visited metal sludge = I don’t visit it that much. I just heard that, that guy, umm, what’s his name? I don’t know, I guess he sang with some band or something like that? Was saying some kind of shit or something, some people told me.

MS: The guy that use to sing with you, and you forgot his name?

SA: I don’t remember his name. I did some shows with him, and one night at the Underworld in London I was throwing a drum stick out in the audience. And this guy, he stuck his big head out, and I nailed him right in the fucking forehead.

MS: (more laughing)

SA: I mean I didn’t do it on purpose, but when I did it I thought it was really funny after I did it, but anyways, we’re talking about Metal Sludge.

MS: Okay, so we’re at the end, is there any parting words you have for your fans?

SA: I am so appreciative, so thankful, and it’s just so wonderful to see all our fans out there singing the songs, enjoying the songs, and I love more than anything playing them for you.  And I know you’re all going to enjoy my new band, and it’s the closest thing, to umm, to the, my old boys songs, the Gn’R songs, that you’re going to hear until the five of us do get back together. I’m having a blast playing for everybody and thank you all for coming out and being a part of it with me, and being there for me. I love you all.

MS: Okay, I think we’re about done.

SA: And don’t forget to put in all kinds of shit Ididn’t say, like fuck everybody.

MS: Steven, listen, it’s all on tape, and we’re only putting up what you said.

SA: And also, one more thing, for all my fans out there. I’m so looking forward to having our new singer Chassis (Sheldon Tarsha – his 20 Questions are coming soon) coming out. I think you’re all going to be very excited and very pleased, and you’re going to all be falling in love. And he’s young, so he can do a lot of you in one night.

SA: Thank you very much!

We have to say thank you and send a big shout out to Steven for being such an honest an open interview. He really didn’t pull any punches, but we’re thinking he might need a donkey punch in the head as well.

Steven, we really hope you get your situation sorted out before it’s too late!

Alrighty then. Anybody wanna go to West Hollywood?

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Post by Soulmonster Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:49 pm

What an uninhibited interview! And I am not really talking about the revelation of homosexual encounters, although that might be outrageous to some, I am more thinking about how willing he is to share everything and how he doesn't seem to consider consequences for a second.
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Post by Blackstar Fri Feb 05, 2021 11:01 pm

Well, shortly after Steven did this interview (and before the third part of it was published), the new Adler's Appetite lineup and the tour fell apart. Metal Sludge, January 25, 2006:
Direct phone calls to Metal Sludge have confirmed that the shit has officially hit the fan with the Adler's Appetite tour in Europe.

Michael Thomas & Sheldon Tarsha on behalf of the entire group (less Adler) will be forwarding an official statement at first chance.

In a nutshell from Thomas: "Spain was fine, Steven was fine and everything was great! Until Adler blew a junkie gasket at our first show in Germany. Adam Bomb opened up and after the show he & Adler vanished. The next day Steven was a cussing, venom spewing viper who was clearly NOT the same person he was the day before. It's drugs, it has to be drugs."

Tarsha & Thomas both have confirmed that they tried to reason with Steven along with the rest of the band and crew to no avail. Last they knew a Guns n' Roses tribute band from Italy was enroute to replace the group for the remainder of the dates.

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Post by Blackstar Fri Feb 05, 2021 11:10 pm

And Steven continued the tour with a UK tribute band. Metal Sludge (via HTGTH, January 28, 2005:
According to Metal Sludge, Steven is looking for an UK based band who can play GN'R songs.
Possibly to replace his current band on the UK leg of the tour.

The former Adler's Appetite band members have arrived back in the USA.
HTGTH, February 9, 2005:
Steven will complete the remaining Adler's Appetite UK dates with the tribute band Guns 2 Roses instead of the tribute band UK Guns N' Roses as originally planned.
The dates are:

Feb 9 2006 8:00P The Pitz Milton Keynes
Feb 10 2006 8:00P The Cavern Club Liverpool
Feb 11 2006 8:00P The Cavern Club - Guns N Roses Convention Liverpool
Feb 12 2006 8:00P The Underworld, Camden London
Feb 13 2006 8:00P The Point Cardiff, Wales
Feb 14 2006 8:00P The Brickmakers Arms Norwich

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Post by Blackstar Fri Feb 05, 2021 11:16 pm

And Robbie Crane, the bass player of the previous Adler's Appetite lineup, commented on the developments and Steven's interview. Metal Sludge, January 29, 2006:

I'm sorry to hear the tour didn't work out as planned for Chip, Michael, Armando and Rikk, they are all friends and great guys. Thankfully they made it home safe. I think now everyone understands what the Adler's Appetite partners (Keri, Jizzy and I) went through on a daily basis over the past 3 years and why we weren't willing to fully commit to A.A. We were constantly having to physically strong arm and threaten Steven when he tried to "hang out" with his junkie buddies to keep him from going off the deep end. We as a group (Keri, Jizzy, Craig, Thomas, Armando, Rikk and I) worked day and night when touring with Steven to keep him away from situations and people like this. It wasn't easy but we did it. When he did fuck up, (and he did fuck up) we would hide it from the public as best we could so people wouldn't judge him. I only hope he finds his way clear of this and gets the help he needs.

Robbie Crane

PS. in response to Steven’s 20 questions # 1. There was never any money issue between Steven and the band. Steven doesn’t have access to any of the GN’R money that he receives. His estate controls it, and his involvement and access are very limited. So, through the course of each tour he was broke and would ask for and receive cash advances from the tour money we received. By tours end he would be in the hole and owe the band money. Then, when he did get home he would sit on his couch, get high as a kite and wonder where all of the money went. Thankfully, Craig made him sign for every dime he received, PAID IN FULL!! And NO, at the end we didn't respect Steven. After going through this kind of shit for 3 years respect wasn't what he deserved, not from us. Hope you make it home safe Steven.

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Post by Soulmonster Sat Feb 06, 2021 6:27 am

Oh, Steven Sad
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