Orignal drummer for Guns N' Roses January 22, 1965 Age: 43 •When Steven was born, his mother immediately gave him up to his grandparents. Then at age two, she took him back, only to throw him back out at the age of 11 (once again his grandparents took him in). Steven has a lot of anger and resentment towards his mother that he's trying to cope with. •When Steven was 10, he met Slash. They grew up together, dreaming of being in a rock band. •Steven and Slash put out a...... Read Full Bio »
Orignal drummer for Guns N' Roses
January 22, 1965
•When Steven was born, his mother immediately gave him up to his grandparents. Then at age two, she took him back, only to throw him back out at the age of 11 (once again his grandparents took him in). Steven has a lot of anger and resentment towards his mother that he's trying to cope with.
•When Steven was 10, he met Slash. They grew up together, dreaming of being in a rock band.
•Steven and Slash put out a newspaper ad looking for a bassist in which Duff McKagen responded. Later they worked with Axl Rose and Izzie Strandlin, which later caused the merge of the bands Hollywood Rose and LA Guns to create, Guns N' Roses (the 'original' and most famous line up of Guns N' Roses).
•Steven's drumming appeared on the first three Guns N' Roses albums and on one song from another album, however on that song the drums were said to be heavily edited.
•An intoxicated Steven broke his hand in 1987 while punching a street light after getting into a barroom brawl while on tour with the band.
•At the 1989 American Music Awards, Don Henley filled in for Adler on drums. The official release said that Adler suffered from the flu but it had later been revealed that he had actually been in a drug rehabilitation facility at the time.
•Drug problems continued in 1990 as the band recorded "Civil War", a song for their album benefiting the Romanian Angel Appeal. Axl Rose said that they had to record the song 60 times due to problems with Steven. Slash said the band had to edit the drum track on the song simply to be able to play along with it. Steven was briefly fired from the band but was reinstated after signing a contract promising to stop using drugs.
•He was formally fired on July 11, 1990 and replaced by Matt Sorum. The official reason for his departure, according to members of the bad was, "his heavy substance abuse that impeded his ability to work."
•In 1996, Adler suffered a stroke after taking a particularly potent speedball, a cocktail of heroin and cocaine used intravenously. He survived, but now lives with a speech impediment as a result (although it is thought that the affects have been worsened due to the continued drug use).
•Adler's lawsuit against his former Guns N' Roses band mates was settled in 1997. He earned a back-payment check of $$ 2,250,000 USD and was granted 15% of the royalties for everything he recorded prior to his departure.
•In 1997, Adler was convicted of a domestic violence charge for attacking a woman with whom he had been living. He was sentenced to four days in jail, three years of probation and mandatory drug counseling.
•A year later, he pleaded no contest to attacks on two other women and was sentenced to a 150-day term in prison and a year of domestic violence counseling.
•In 2003, he started the band Suki Jones, which would later be renamed Adler's Appetite and released an EP. The band still performs live sporadically, performing sets heavy with Guns N' Roses covers.
•Adler's substance abuse issues still continue as an interview as recent as 2006, he stated that he has, at times, used $$300 worth of drugs in one night.
•Adler is married to Carolina who, despite all the drug abuse, has remained by his side since first coming to this country from Argentina and tracking Adler down. She appears to be a very good influence in his life. With the support of close friends and Carolina, he is entering in to Dr. Drew's care with the hopes of finally becoming clean and sober.