Former ADLER'S APPETITE and current FASTER PUSSYCAT guitarist Brent Muscat has commented on the current tug-of-war between some of the other ex-ADLER'S APPETITE members — Jizzy Pearl (vocals), Keri Kelli (guitar) and Robbie Crane (bass) — and Steven Adler (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) over the ADLER'S APPETITE name. In an e-mail sent to Metal Sludge earlier today, Muscat writes, "I have to say I find this ADLER'S APPETITE debacle quite amusing. I have stayed quiet about my involvement with the band for quite some time.
"The fact is we had a good thing going for a while and in my opinion it was ruined by greed. Most crimes and murders stem from greed. We had a record deal with Shrapnel that they blew purely over greed. They chose to dissolve the partnership agreement to throw me out of the band. Some members were jealous of what I have accomplished in the music business in the past and felt that I did not need the project as much as others.
"Personally, I don't think it was a great business decision to get rid of me considering I sold more records then everyone in the band combined, excluding Steven. I, for one, never looked at the band as a meal ticket, it was just a fun gig playing GUNS N' ROSES songs to make extra cash.
"I believe the other members really thought this was their VELVET REVOLVER. The big difference is VELVET REVOLVER has Slash, Duff, and a good drummer who was in GUNS N' ROSES and they had Steven who was kicked out of GUNS N' ROSES and still shows why.
"Eventually, the members realized their mistake and asked me to come back to play with them in Japan, which I politely declined. To put it simply, they fucked me out of a tour, a record and guaranteed money, and now they are all crying because it happened to them. Karma is a bitch.
"As for their stupid partnership agreement, I believe Steven Adler's mother has power of attorney. Unless his mother is in the room and signs the contract, any agreement the band has is not legally binding. In the long run, it is not worth the paper it is printed on, unless you are collecting Steven Adler's autograph or run out of toilet paper.
"My advice to those guys is to move on. There are plenty of cover bands out there. Steven has the GN'R cover band, Jizzy and Robbie have a RATT cover band and isn't Keri in a new cover band just about every other week?
"Let's not forget what Slash had to say about ADLER'S APPETITE after hearing them live:
"[Allegedly quoting Slash] 'The only one who plays in a cover band is Steven Adler. He just brings old GUNS N' ROSES songs under the name of ADLER'S APPETITE — the poor guy…
" 'We (Izzy and Slash) went to the show and listened to the whole set. With guys from various L.A. bands, and that was really funny. If only because of the involuntary realization that GUNS N' ROSES must have been damn good — 'cause the covers simply sounded like shit.'
"I'm recovering from fucking cancer and these clowns are crying over a GUNS N' ROSES cover band. Get a life!
"I want to leave you with some enlightening words from an interview with Steven Adler: 'We were stuck in the snow and it was cold and we went and had pizza and lots of soup. I'm a big soup fan!'"