Part II Steven Adler X-Guns N’ Roses Drummer
Steven Adler the original Gn’R skin basher.
Did you enjoy the start of Steven’s 20 Questions? Well this is Part II, and yes, believe it or not, there will be a Part III.
The transcribed interview is nearly 20 pages long. And it’s just too good to let it all out at once. Besides, you can only read about so much cock sucking, crack smoking and overdosing without wanting to do all three yourself, so you’ll have to wait another week for the major finale!
Maybe if you’re all good little Sludgettes, and Sludgeaholics, we’ll put it up on Thursday! Continued from Part I…
MS: AA seems to be drawing a few thousand or more people in foreign countries. Are the crowds bigger outside the
SA: This is gonna be my third, fourth time going there. It starts anywhere from thirty five hundred, to ahh… shit, we played in front of eighty thousand people.
MS: Why do you think the crowds are so much better in foreign countries as opposed to the U.S.A.?
Joey Kramer of Aerosmith and Mr. Adler.
MS: What was the most amount of cash you ever spent in one night? Or off a credit card?
SA: The most money I ever spent in one night or off a credit card? God, I’ve done some God damn good shopping man. I’m blessed and thankful, and appreciate it. Umm, I bought a truck one night, (Steven laughing) one night I just had to go out a buy a brand new Ford Bronco. Umm, I don’t, I probably spent 600 bucks on drugs one night.
MS: 600 bucks on drugs?
SA: Yeah, in one night you know, you know 600 is a lot of drugs, so it at least took me 2-3 days to do. (Steven laughing) I’m kidding. I’m only kidding.
MS: We’ll put that if you want, you’re only kidding?
SA: Yes, please thank you. The most I really spent was probably only 300.
MS: What was your biggest ever musical related pay check for, like a check
that came in the mail?
SA: One check, ummm…Eight hundred fifty thousand dollars. ($ 850,000.00)
MS: Was that the pay off for Gn’R thing?
SA: No, no, uh, okay, the biggest check I got handed to me, it didn’t come in the mail, uh, was two million two hundred fifty thousand dollars. ($ 2,250,000.00)
MS: Was that the pay off thing?
SA: It wasn’t the pay off; it was what they owed me. And I got all my royalties back, and I got my (in-audible), I got everything back. They took every, wanted, they wanted to give me two thousand dollars and throw me in the street. And take my royalties, my song writing credits, they wanted to take everything from me.
MS: But your lawyer fought, and you won?
SA: I got my two million two hundred fifty thousand dollars. That was already owed to me from when the lawsuit – whole thing was going on, and got all my royalties and rights back. I get 15% of everything.
MS: That’s a beautiful thing.
SA: Yes it is. And I’m very thankful.
Steven & some schmuck named Lars.
MS: If you could back in time, and change one thing, what would it be?
SA: (long pause) ahh, umm, that last night when we played with Aerosmith at
MS: That was the change?
SA: Ohh man, that, umm, that was the saddest day of my life.
MS: We give you a year and you tell us what you remember. This is called Memory Lane, are you ready…
SA: Hold on. (Stevens coughing). Hold on I’m smoking a joint (more coughing)
1982 = Having sex with this amazing hot chick on the top of Vicki Hamilton’s apartment. And she was so fine, my kind of girl, dark hair, beautiful, but she didn’t shave under her arms.
1985 = Umm, just playing around the clubs, having girls, you know, take care of me and shit, knowing a lot of strippers.
1987 = Finally being able to travel around the world.
1989 = God, being so fucking happy, driving my Mercedes around with my fucking stereo on, and the top down. And I’d drive down Sunset Boulevard man and people just yelling; “Hey Stevie what’s happening?” That was great!
1992 = Umm, going over to this club that use to be called Peanuts on Santa Monica but it wasn’t called Peanuts then, it was something else I don’t remember. At first I went there a month earlier, and I was standing in line and the door guy recognizes me, and says: “Dude, Stevie you don’t have to wait in line.” And he walked me right in. And then like after ’92 I wasn’t in the band anymore and I went there, and the guy told me I got to go wait in line with everybody else.
(Note: This is the same club where Riki Rachtmen’s Bordello was held every Thursday night. It’s also a club that hosts gay, and transgendered nights.)
1995 = Was there a 1995? God, uhh, well after ’92 I really couldn’t tell you much up til, ahh (long pause) what, maybe, ’99?
1998 = (long pause and stuttering) I don’t know, I think I came out of a coma? (Steven’s giggling a bit as he says this)
2000 = I started getting my shit together, moved to Las Vegas, and ahh, (pauses) and I started working again.
2002 = Ahh, I was working and been to
2005 = Oh man, been to Europe twice, it was amazing, wonderful, having the greatest time, except for that I found out my old, my band was fucking with me and taking advantage of me, and the wife, the wife I had (long pause) was not very-very kind, and umm, had too much time off. Had about 4 months off, and I didn’t like it one bit.
MS: Okay, now our next question.
SA: Wait, you didn’t do 2006?
MS: You wanna do 2006, okay let’s go.
2006 = I’ve never been happier in my life, having, having, ahh, a relationship with such a great bunch of guys. That, we all love and want to do, the same thing.
MS: Word Association: We mention a name and you tell us what comes to your mind?
Johnie Teagarden = Ahh, Johnie Teagarden, I don’t know? Playing darts.
MS: Do you remember her?
MS: She was a manager and was friends with Del James and all the guys?
MS: You mean Johnie’s house was the hang out?
SA: What, ahh, no, Del James and Wes Arkeen’s house off of Santa Monica Boulevard.
MS: Okay, so let’s go onto the next name.
Vicky Hamilton = Wonderful lady, I was, (pauses) I had not one thing to do
with her not being a part of the band, after we got signed, because she got us signed. And I wanted her to be a part of it, it was not my idea, and I did not have enough say so in it, for it not to happen. Awesome woman. And the last day we stayed at her apartment, me and Axl got in a fight, and just destroyed it.
SA: Oh yeah, he threw me into the fire extinguisher thing, and then I pushed him onto the glass coffee table. And you should’ve seen that fucker blow up.
MS: Axl or the glass?
SA: Ahh, the glass. Oh yeah, we got into good fights man, we just destroyed, I mean, the TV, holes in the wall. And then, you know of course we’d show, that we, Axl goes, we’d hug and kiss each other and he said; “Dude sorry man. Hey it’s just you know,” and I’d say: “hey dude, I love you too, don’t worry about it. Let’s go do our show. “
Duff McKagan = Umm, God, one of the greatest guys I’ve ever met. And one badass motherfucker. I wouldn’t want to fight with him. He is one of the greatest guys.
Davy Vain = I Love Davy Vain. He is one of the most greatest guys, I lived with, he let me rent one of his rooms out, ahh, 4-5 different times. The most wonderful guy, we had a band called Roadcrew that we put together and man those songs, he is just an amazing song writer, and I would love to play with him again. In fact this European tour, I wanted Vain to come with us, and open up for us. Yeah, I had that band with Jamie Scott, Ashley Mitchell, Davy Vain, and I, wonderful guys, and amazing song writers. Davy’s been very good to me, very good friend to me. He helped me out, and took care of me, a very good friend.
Steven with a mullet? And Davy Vain!
Jizzy Pearl = Who’s Jizzy Pearl?
Izzy Stradlin = Besides Steven Tyler, ahh, the coolest mother fucker on this planet. The most wonderful fuckin’ man and they don’t come any cooler – than Izzy. Well, besides Steven Tyler.
Todd Crew = God he was such a great guy man, we had a lot of fun man. Dude, he was, (pause) God bless Todd Crew, I loved that man. Man if I was there, with him and Slash in
Andy McCoy = God I loved Andy. And I hated his fucking wife man that piece of shit whore.
(Note: Steven’s answer was a little inaudible at first and it sounded like
Steven said: “I hated his fucking – Mike man, that piece of shit whore. “)
MS: Michael Monroe you mean?
SA: No, no, I love Michael Monroe. Andy McCoy’s wife.
MS: Ohh, Andy McCoy’s wife was named what?
SA: I’m not going to mention her name.
MS: Okay, you said you loved Andy, but hated Mike?
SA: No I said I loved Andy McCoy man, he is wonderful except for I hate
his "wife. "
MS: Oh, you hate his wife, oh, okay?
SA: That piece of shit whore.
MS: And you love Mike Monroe too?
SA: Oh, Mike’s great. Yeah, yeah, yeah, he gives a good blow job too let me
SA: He said I wasn’t too bad either.
Del James = He’s a cool mother fucker, very talented, very talented. Good man, very, very smart.
Slash = (takes a deep breath and pauses) He’s my Indian blood brother, and you know what that means right?
Steven & Slash in happier times!
MS: Yep, you guys cut your wrists when you were little kids, and put them together to let blood exchange.
SA: Yes, exactly. And I’ll always love him, and I miss him, and I’m gonna kick his little fanny when I see him. All these bands he puts together, after he doesn’t say anything about them throwing me out, he never even gives me a chance to play even one song on the records. I mean not even, you know, call me and ask me to be a part of the band.
MS: To be a guest or something?
SA: But, not even, dude, not even calling me to play, to be the drummer in the band, hurt me bad enough, but not even to come in and play one song.
MS: You sound sad when you talk…
SA: But see, but see, but see he’s a, he’s an asshole. But see I don’t mean that in a bad way. Because even when we were kids, when we were eleven, twelve, thirteen years, he was an asshole then. But, that, but he’s the coolest guy. But, that’s how he has to be successful. If you want to be successful you can’t be a nice guy.
Duff, Slash, Axl, Steven & Izzy – once had each others back!
MS: You sound sad when you talk about all the guys. Obviously, I mean even after twenty years, you still have it in your heart. You are part of that band. The Uzi Suicide E.P. came out twenty years ago. You were an equal part of Guns n’ Roses when they made it, you were all very important factors in this band.
SA: And, and we all loved, respected, and were a real family. And had each others backs, we believed in each other. And, I don’t know, it couldn’t be money – cause that would be ridiculous, cause we were making millions of dollars. It couldn’t have been that the money got in the way; I know that drugs had a lot to do with, but we were all doing it together. I was just, that was my whole life. Like I said me and Slash, that’s all we dreamed of. Right when we get to the very top, they kicked me in the, as high as you can pretty much get, in success they kicked me in the head and they said it’s over for me. That was very hurtful, they, the guys meant everything in the world to me.
MS: So, if it wasn’t greed, or money, or drugs, so then it was control?
SA: Control what? Everything was running smoothly. The only problems we ever had, was Axl would fucking, come out in front of 20,000 people, play a half a song, throw the mic down and leave. And we put up with that. And I still had his back on it.
The Red Head Chili Peppers?
MS: But Axl became a control freak, at one point he even kicked out Duff and Slash and went his own way with other people.
SA: I, I, (long pause), yeah, I always, for me, I know myself, I know Slash too cause we always talked about, we could’ve been like Aerosmith, like the Stones. Dude they’ve been together 30-40 fucking years. And there was no reason…
Part III is even more personal and revealing. Here are a few select quotes from the final part of this extensive and most in depth interview.
"Axl calls me up and says he’s coming over with a shotgun to kill me."
"God, I haven’t cried in so long. I wanna cry so bad dude, you have no idea. I haven’t cried in so long, I know whenever I think of Freddie Mercury from Queen, that will make me cry."
"Umm, I smoked a little rock about 2 months ago."
"So there was a couple times I’d walk down the street and I got a blow job
from some guy."
Unlike the rest of the GnR interviews that have been floating around for the past decade plus, this one has the dirt. Not horse shit like: "People will hear music this year." Attached to a photo from a party. Big fucking whoop.
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