STEVEN ADLER On GUNS N' ROSES: 'We Didn't Finish What We Started'

September 25, 2010

A Geek Girl of Technorati recently conducted an interview with original GUNS N' ROSES and current ADLER'S APPETITE drummer Steven Adler about his tell-all autobiography, "My Appetite For Destruction: Sex, And Drugs, And Guns N' Roses". A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

A Geek Girl: Steven, Your positive attitude really comes through in this book. You're like a soldier, no matter what happens you're undaunted. You always get back up.

Adler: Well, you gotta do that. You gotta pick yourself up. Sometimes you just gotta do it over and over, but you gotta do it. You can't give up. I wouldn't give up. I didn't give up — or doubt myself, in becoming a successful musician with a successful band. I knew somewhere in my heart it was there, I was just stuffing so much anger inside, that I was not capable of moving on with my life until I got rid of it. And having the opportunity to do this book really let me do that. Anybody and everybody can write their own book, that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to get published, but they can write their own book and get their own feelings out. It helped me a lot. I learned a lot working with Dr. Drew and his staff.

A Geek Girl: You shared such a unique experience with the other guys in GUNS N' ROSES — most bands don't ever make it big. But even if you guys do find the same success in other bands, it will never be like the first time.

Adler: You know what the crazy part is? We didn't finish what we started. And that's the one thing that does bother me about not working with these guys. They are my brothers, Slash and Duff and Izzy and Axl, and we didn't finish what we started — but we're still alive, the five of us. So, we have an opportunity to do it. And I hope the rest of the guys and Axl would like to do it, because I know it would be a wonderful thing, and not just for us. I know if you got the five of us in one room we would do nothing but hug each other. And probably cry. I know I would. You get the five of us in one room, I know we'd be inseparable. It's like Freddie Mercury said, "Each one of us alone can do some stuff that's really cool, but as a unit, as a band, the four or five of us, are a force to be reckoned with. And we are unstoppable." So, I'm hopeful. But I love what I'm doing now. I love my band, ADLER'S APPETITE. I've finally recorded a single with my new band and it's called "It's Good to Be Alive", which it is! If you go to our website,, you get a free download when you buy the book.

A Geek Girl: The new song is called "It's Good to Be Alive" — interesting choice of titles. Do I need to ask what inspired that?

Adler: You know what? It just happened. It just worked out that way. It wasn't planned; it was magic. And that's how it works. We weren't thinking about it. Then I went, "Hey! That reminds me of me." My new band's great. It's hard to find five musicians who know what the other is going to do before they do it. And that's what we had in GN'R. Working with Chip Z'Nuff and Michael Thomas, Rick Stitch and Alex Grossi — we're really close that way. And Chip playing bass and me playing drums, we demand to be like that. And we don't have to be, there's no effort to it.

Read the entire interview at this location.

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