Music Diary – 22nd January

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 22nd January!

Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses)

Steven Adler (Guns N‘ Roses)

Happy birthday to Mr. Michael Coletti aka Steven Adler, who was born on the 22nd January 1965 in Cleveland, Ohio (USA)! Steven is very well known as the drummer of Guns N‘ Roses (from 1985 – 1990).

Adler grew up firstly in San Francisco, but due to his bad behaviour he was sent to his grandparents in Hollywood. At the Bancroft Junior High, Steven became a friend of Saul Hudson, who later changed his name into Slash. During that time he began learning the drums. In 1983, Adler founded with Slash the band Road Crew. Bassist Duff McKagan joined and the trio began to rehearse some songs – one of them should became later the Guns N‘ Roses tune „Rocket Queen„. As they didn’t find an adequate lead singer, the band called it a day one year later. Steven Adler joined then a local band called Hollywood Rose, which featured vocalist Axl Rose and guitarist Izzy Stradlin. In 1985, Axl, Izzy and several members of the band L.A. Guns founded Guns N‘ Roses. Slash and Duff completed the legendary line-up and the group started to play local nightclubs like the Whisky a Go Go, The Roxy and The Troubadour. In March 1986 the band was signed to Geffen Records. The debut album „Appetite for Destruction“ followed in July 1987 and it has sold over 28 million copies worldwide and it became the best-selling debut album of all time in the USA, by selling 18 million units. During that time, Steven’s drug problem became worse and the band decided to fire him on 11th July 1990. Adler’s last show happened on 7th April 1990 at the charity event Farm Aid IV, in Indianapolis.


After being an ex-Gunner, Steven Adler reformed his old band band Road Crew and briefly joined BulletBoys. In 2003, Steven formed with guitarist  Keri Kelli (from Slash’s Snakepit) the band Adler’s Appetite. The line-up was completed by second guitarist Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat) with bassist Robbie Crane and singer Jizzy Pearl (both formerly members of Ratt). The setlist consisted beside original material also of songs from the legendary Guns N‘ Roses first LP. The group broke up in 2011. Shortly after that, Steve founded his new band simply called Adler. The debut album „Back from the Dead“ was released on 26th November 2012 and it features also guest appearances from Slash and John 5.


Beside his activities as a drummer, Steven Adler appeared also on the second (2008) and fifth season (2011) of the reality TV show „Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew „, as well as on „Sober House“ (2009).

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