Original GUNS N’ ROSES Drummer STEVEN ADLER Explains His ‘Timing’ Issues On ‘Appetite’
Former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler was a guest of the “Inside Metal” TV show on TradioV.
Talking about Guns N’ Roses’ debut album, 1987’s “Appetite For Destruction”, Adler said: “I have a new outlook on recording that record. I practice it all the time. I have new house [with] a studio, so I have a P.A. and I can play [along] to songs. And I play the ‘Appetite’ stuff. And I realize that [‘Appetite For Destruction’ producer] Mike Clink, who is a wonderful guy — I’m not putting him down — but I really feel that he just wanted to get that record over with, and he didn’t think… he didn’t believe it was gonna be… This is how I feel; I don’t know what he was thinking. But when I listen to it now and play to it, I go, he didn’t really care… I don’t think he thought the record was gonna be big or do anything. He wanted to just get it over with and get on. But now that I have a better understanding of timing and recording… ‘Cause that, like, the first time we went into a real studio and recorded. Actually, we did ‘Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide’ [EP in 1986] at Spencer Proffer’s [studio], but that was like making a demo tape; we just played and that was it. But we did the same thing with ‘Appetite’; it literally took six days. And nobody goes in the studio and does it just for six days. I mean, like, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, that was played one time — once! You’re supposed to go in a studio and, when you come out of the recording studio, you’re supposed to be a better player… There’s no timing. Not that I wanted it to be like a metronome, like all those other ’80s records.”
Adler also talked about his 2010 autobiography, “My Appetite For Destruction: Sex, And Drugs, And Guns N’ Roses”, in which he told all, fearlessly addressing his struggles with heroin and crack addiction; his financial ruin after being kicked out of GN’R; his shattered marriage; and the severe health problems that nearly claimed his life on several occasions.
“It was such a great release to get all those things and emotions out,” he said. “It really helped me to move on with my life. That’s one thing I did learn in AA. Just being able to get your feelings out is very therapeutic. And plus there’s thing that happened when we were younger; we think we’re the only ones [that went through it]. I was talking about the sexual-abuse thing; I was thirteen years old. Obviously, that bothered me my whole life. Once I worked with Dr. Drew and I talked about it with people that understood and weren’t gonna judge me… Which, nobody judges you anyway, but you think [they will]. I was able to get off the heroin and the crack, working with Dr. Drew. And then I still resentments toward my old band. And once I was able to work through that…”
He continued: “I live by four agreements: be impeccable with my word; don’t take things personally; and always do my best — no more, no less. And it’s helped me so much to be able to move on with my life. Now I’m not worried about getting high or drinking, because I just don’t want to. I’m having too much fun and feel too good not drinking. It’s so funny… I would drink because I was depressed. Well, I was depressed because I was drinking. Because, I mean, alcohol is a depressor. It works at first when you’re young; it makes you be able to talk to girls, be comfortable around other teenagers. But teenagers are idiots. Who gives a crap what they think? But that’s how alcohol fools you.”