Steve Adler (Guns’n’Roses)

appetitefordestructionAmerican Musician Steven Adler (born Michael Coletti; was born January 22, 1965. He is best known as the former drummer and co-songwriter of the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses,  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 throughout 1985 and 1986. Then In July 1987, Guns N’ Roses released its debut album, Appetite for Destruction, Which became the best-selling debut album of all time in the US. In December, during a tour with Alice Cooper, an intoxicated Adler broke his hand when he punched a streetlight after a barroom brawl; Fred Coury of Cinderella was brought in as his substitute for several shows until he recovered. In November 1988, Guns N’ Roses released G N’ R Lies,

Adler was again absent at the American Music Awards in January 1989; Don Henley filled in for him on drums. It emerged that Adler had been in a drug rehabilitation program at the time.The following October, during a show as opening act for the Rolling Stones, Axl Rose threatened to leave the band if certain members of the band didn’t stop using drugs. Adler was among those who promised to clean up, but he continued to struggle with his addiction and was fired in 1990, but reinstated. However his addiction prevented him from performing and he was formally sacked from Guns N’ Roses on July 11, 1990 and played his final show with the band on April 7 at Farm Aid IV and was replaced by Matt Sorum

Following his departure from Guns’n’Roses  he reformed his old band Road Crew  with a new line-up, consisting of former Vain members singer Davy Vain, guitarist Jamie Scott, and bassist Ashley Mitchell, along with guitarist Shawn Rorie. Then In June 1998, Adler joined the newly reformed hard rock band BulletBoys, along with future Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba. The group recorded an album and announced a US summer tour with Faster Pussycat, Bang Tango and Enuff Z’nuff. However Adler was found guilty of two counts of battery stemming from attacks on two other women in separate domestic violence incidents and was sentenced to a 150-day term in prison and three years’ probation, with the condition of undergoing a year of domestic violence counseling and a ban on using illegal drugs. He subsequently 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.

Then In June 1998, Adler joined the newly reformed hard rock band BulletBoys, along with future Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba. The group recorded an album and announced a US summer tour with Faster Pussycat, Bang Tango and Enuff Z’nuff. However Adler was found guilty of two counts of battery stemming from attacks on two other women in separate domestic violence incidents and was sentenced to a 150-day term in prison and three years’ probation, with the condition of undergoing a year of domestic violence counseling and a ban on using illegal drugs.

In 2003, Adler formed the band Suki Jones, later renamed Adler’s Appetite, with singer Jizzy Pearl, former Slash’s Snakepit guitarist Keri Kelli, Faster Pussycat guitarist Brent Muscat, and former Ratt bassist Robbie Crane, playing songs by Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, and Queen. They also performed a show at the Key Club in Hollywood, and were joined 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 January 2005, Adler’s Appetite—minus Brent Muscat, released a self-titled EP, which featured four original songs and the covers “Hollywood” by Thin Lizzy and “Draw the Line” by Aerosmith.

In 2007, the group played another show at the Key Club, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Appetite for Destruction, and were joined by former Guns N’ Roses members Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan. In 2008, Adler participated in the reality TV show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and also participated in the spinoff Sober House and became so aggressive towards his cast mates that he was arrested at the Sober House premises and was convicted of being under the influence of a controlled substance and sentenced to community service. The following January, he was arrested again for failure to complete his community service. In 2010, Adler collaborated with his former Guns N’ Roses band mate Slash on the latter’s self-titled debut solo album, He appeared on the track “Baby Can’t Drive”, along with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Alice Cooper, and Nicole Scherzinger. In July, Adler’s Appetite—consisting of Adler, singer Rick Stitch, guitarists Michael Thomas and Alex Grossi, and bassist Chip Z’nuff—released the single “Alive”, in conjunction with the release of Adler’s autobiography My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N’ Roses. The band released the singles “Stardog” and “Fading”. During 2011, following another relapse, Adler participated in the fifth season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

He also formed a new band, called Adler, with guitarist Lonny Paul, who had been a member of Adler’s Appetite prior to the breakup, singer-guitarist Jacob Bunton of Lynam and formerly of Mars Electric and former L.A. Guns member Johnny Martin on bass with Adler himself on Drums. The band’s debut album Titled Back from the Dead, also features guest appearances from Slash and John 5. 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 and Slash’s collaborator Myles Kennedy.

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