Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Drummer STEVEN ADLER: 'I Have A Second Chance For Greatness'

Rustyn Rose of Examiner.com recently conducted an interview with former GUNS N' ROSES and current ADLER drummer Steven Adler. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On launching a new band after being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with GUNS N' ROSES:

Adler: "One can never really 'put things in perspective' when it comes to something as big as being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. But when Axl [Rose] and Izzy [Stradlin] didn't show up for something as big as this, I knew there was no chance of ever reuniting the original GUNS N' ROSES lineup. Besides, I had already been working on my record with my new band at the time of the induction, and was already moving on."

On being sober and battling drug addiction for most of his life:

Adler: "I know it's a cliché, but honestly, I was just sick of being sick all the time. You can have all the riches and success in the world, but if you don't have your health, you have nothing. I wake up at 7 a.m. every morning and work out with my guitar player, Lonny, who has been an incredible inspiration to me. I have a second chance for greatness, and this time, I'm not going to let it go."

On his relationship with Lonny Paul:

Adler: "I met Lonny a couple weeks before my last ADLER'S APPETITE tour. We immediately became best friends. He always seems so positive and clear-headed. He doesn't drink or do drugs to have a great time, it's all about 100% rock and roll with him. Even on the bus, I would see him exercising with dumbbells in the hallway while everyone else was sleeping. I just thought, 'This guy has his shit together and is focused.' It's something to be admired, and it was so different from what I had been used to."

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