EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Steven Adler, former Guns N’ Roses drummer

Recently Adler put together a band to play some of the band's songs at the "Ride For Ronnie" charity event benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Cancer Fund.


LOS ANGELES, June 3, 2017 — While he no longer plays with Guns N’ Roses, former drummer Steven Adler, has made a few live appearances with them during their recent “Not In This Lifetime” tour. Recently, Adler put together a band to play some of the band’s songs at the “Ride For Ronnie” charity event benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Cancer Fund.

Adler took some time to speak with CommDigiNews and Wells On Music at the event:

Kevin Wells: What made you want to put a band together this year for the Ride for Ronnie?

Steven Adler: Well, if we can be honest, my friend Alex Grossi, wanted me to play “Satisfaction” with him and Eddie Money. If you listen to that song, it’s a great song…if you’re singing or playing guitar, but the drums are just 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4. Even the break is boom-boom-boom-boom. So I thought maybe I can put a band together and play a few songs where I can actually play.

Kevin Wells: What songs are you guys going to play today?

Steven Adler: Jungle, Sweet Child, and Rocket Queen.

Kevin Wells: Are there bigger plans to take this thing on the road and tour with this band?

Steven Adler: Today is a one-time thing, but I got Lita Ford to sing Sweet Child O’ Mine.

Kevin Wells: Oh, sweet!

Steven Adler: Yeah, sweet! (laughs) So a couple of the people I’m gonna take with me, but not all of them. I can’t take Jeff [Pilson] because he’s in Foreigner.

Kevin Wells: You made a few appearances with Guns N’ Roses on the last tour. Are there any plans for you to do more with them?

Steven Adler: I don’t know. I’m just thankful I got to do what I got to do. I wish I coulda done more, but for 25 years, I was praying to the gods that I would be able to play with those guys again.

And so, my dream came true. If they ask me to come back and do more, I would love that, and I love them. As a team, we accomplished our dreams, everything we ever dreamed about since we were little teenagers.

And I say little, but I don’t remember being little. I look at pictures from back then and holy crap. I was little.

Kevin Wells: Your mom recently wrote a book about you. What kind of reaction have you received?

Steven Adler: It’s been a great reaction because, for one, you’ve got my book; the rock and roll party side. And then you have a lot of other musicians who write books too, but you never get the side of the people you love and who you love and have in your life that you’re hurting.

When you’re drinking and using, you don’t realize you’re hurting them and you don’t know this. So, it’s really nice to have the other side, a look at the other side of what the abuse of drugs and alcohol does.

I’m really proud of my mom.

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