Adler Is Back and Better Than Ever!!! Best known as the original drummer and co-songwriter of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, Steven Adler achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s. In addition to selling over Forty Million Albums worldwide and his book “My Appetite for Destruction” listed as a NY Times Best Seller, Steven gained much publicity and notoriety during his reign of rock and roll stardom due to his wild antics and battles of substance abuse. He appeared on the second and fifth seasons of the reality TV show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, as well as on the first season of its spin-off Sober House. Today, Steven Adler is sober and drug free!
Adler was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His mother moved the family to Los Angeles, California after the departure of his father. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley until the age of 12, when he was sent to live with his grandparents in Hollywood due to his devilish behavior. At Bancroft Junior High, Adler befriended Saul Hudson, later known as Slash; they met when Adler had a skateboarding accident and Slash stopped to help him. After ninth grade, Adler returned to his parents' house in the Valley for the remainder of high school, during which he learned to play drums.
After his return to Hollywood in ‘83, Adler formed Road Crew with his childhood friend Slash. They placed an ad in a newspaper looking for a bassist and received a response from Duff McKagan. They auditioned a number of singers and worked on material that included the main riff of what would become the Guns N' Roses song "Rocket Queen". Slash disbanded the group the following year due to their inability to find an adequate lead vocalist. Adler then briefly joined a local band known as Hollywood Rose, which featured singer Axl Rose and guitarist Izzy Stradlin.
In June 1985, Adler joined Guns N' Roses, which was newly founded by Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, and several members of L.A. Guns. His former Road Crew band mates Slash and Duff McKagan completed the line-up. They played nightclubs such as the Whisky a Go-Go, The Roxy, and The Troubadour opening for larger acts throughout 1985 and 1986. After being scouted by several major record labels, the band signed with Geffen Records in March 1986.
In July 1987, Guns N' Roses released its debut album, Appetite for Destruction, which to date has sold over 28 million copies worldwide, 18 million of which in the United States, making it the best-selling debut album of all time in the US. In November 1988, Guns N' Roses released G N' R Lies, which sold over five million copies in the US alone, despite containing only eight tracks, four of which were included on the previously released EP Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide.
Since his departure from Guns and Roses, Steven has collaborated with his former band mate Slash’s self-titled debut solo album, which was released in April. He appeared on the track "Baby Can't Drive", along with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Alice Cooper, and Nicole Scherzinger. The song was featured on an expanded edition of the album released by Classic Rock. Adler then formed the band Suki Jones, later renamed Adler's Appetite, The band toured the US and Europe throughout 2003 and 2004, playing mostly songs off Guns N' Roses' debut album Appetite for Destruction, as well as material by Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, and Queen. In September 2003, Adler's Appetite performed at the Key Club in Hollywood, where they were joined on stage by Adler's former Guns N' Roses band mates Slash and Izzy Stradlin, for renditions of "Mr. Brownstone", "Paradise City", and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door".
In 2011, Adler formed a new band, simply called Adler, Steven Adler stated, "I love the music that we're creating! I haven't been this excited about my band since the Guns N' Roses days." The band recorded their debut album in Los Angeles with producers Jeff Pilson and Jay Ruston. Titled Back from the Dead, the album features guest appearances from Slash and John 5 and was released on November 26, 2012, via New Ocean Media. The album's release was preceded by the single "The One That You Hated", which was released on April 10 via iTunes.
On April 14, 2012, Adler was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the classic lineup of Guns N' Roses. He headlined the induction ceremony with fellow inductees Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum, as well as former member Gilby Clarke. Adler stated that being inducted was "an honor and a dream come true."
At present, Steven is appearing in movie roles such as “What Now” (2014) to add to his already numerous on screen movie / TV roles (“The Dead Pool” starring Clint Eastwood (1988), Dahmer vs. Gacy (2010) & Glory days (2013)) and soundtrack achievements (“Big Daddy” starring Adam Sandler (1999), “Step Brothers” starring Will Ferrell (2008), “The Wrestler” starring Mickey Rourke (2008) and “Rock of Ages” starring Tom Cruise (2012),).
On Sept. 29th, Mr. Adler will be hosting his first Art Show featuring Musical Art on Canvas created by his very own music. Steven joins a growing list of top artists in rock and roll who are branching out creatively into the world of art.
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