Robert Collins of The Canadian Jewish News recently conducted an interview with original GUNS N' ROSES and current ADLER'S APPETITE drummer Steven Adler. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
On his two-decade-long heroin and crack cocaine addiction:
"I tried killing myself. It is not easy! A human body can put up with a lot. I had a stroke, a mild heart attack and I was in a coma for four days all at once. My doctor said I'd be brain dead or lose the left side of my body. I was blessed because I can still play drums and I didn't lose my brain."
On being fired from GUNS N' ROSES in July 1990:
"I wasn't expecting to get kicked out of the band. That was unexpected. I was just doing the same drugs that the other guys were doing. That's what all my idols did!"
On his 2010 autobiography "My Appetite For Destruction: Sex & Drugs & Guns N' Roses", published by HarperCollins:
Writing the book was emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually healing. I got to put everything in my life on paper. At the beginning of the book I talked about hanging out in nightclubs as a teenager and getting sexually abused by older men. I thought that if I said those words out loud I would feel worse and people would think bad of me. It was the complete opposite. Once I said it and people understood, it was like a huge weight was lifted off of me."
On his new band, ADLER'S APPETITE:
"When I'm on stage playing with my new band, it totally reminds me of back in the day playing clubs on Sunset Strip. And the new songs go over just as great as the [GUNS N' ROSES] songs. It's a kick-ass rock and roll show. Every night we think, 'God help whoever has to open up for us.' We don't care if we play for two or 2,000 or 200,000 people, you're going to get the same thing."
On why a reformation of the classic GUNS N' ROSES lineup should happen:
"There are two reasons why I want to do a tour with the original GUNS N' ROSES guys. There's all the love I receive around the world. I have heard ''Appetite For Destruction' is the soundtrack to my life' in so many languages. I've heard it thousands of times and that is the greatest thing anyone can say to me. We owe it to those fans. And two, the money we could make! The whole thing could make billions of dollars. All we have to do is get on stage with each other for 90 minutes."
Read the entire interview from The Canadian Jewish News.