Original Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler has shared a new hospital photo announcing a back injury.
“A week ago I hurt my back and I’ve been to the doctor’s office almost everyday with laser treatment I’m feeling much better still sucks I can’t play my drums. #health #dog #chihuahua #chiropractor #bestdoctor #worstpatient.”
Slash discussed Steven Adler lying about his drug use around the time he left Guns N’ Roses in a recent WTF with Marc Maron interview. Ultimate-Guitar transcribed his comments.
In terms of looking back like a sober cat, how much did drugs shred Guns N’ Roses ultimately?
“We were touring, and for the most part I didn’t use, I drank, which was always acceptable. But when we were off the road for an extended period of time, I’d go down the black hole and I had to pull myself out of it and all that.
“Obviously, any kind of chemical influence is going to have some bearing on your logic and how you handle certain situations, so I can’t say, ‘No, it wasn’t that.'”
But you were losing members?
“What, like to death? No. The ‘clean up and get better’ came later, we had a situation with Steven [Adler] that happened, it was pretty irretrievable in a way. We were trying to get him together, but he just, you know, he’s still around…
“There was the lying and all that, and it just wasn’t going anywhere, and Steven wasn’t that kind of a person that under the influence he could just show up and play.
“I’d say it was more of business management that really was the catalyst for splitting up, at least for my leaving, the underlying theme was definitely that.
“It wasn’t necessarily about money, it was about money for those guys. For us, it wasn’t about money, but it was also, you know, playing guys against each other, and I didn’t want to get into all that.
“It’s a complex, and ultimately very personal thing, so we just like, after a while, you know it’s not even worth trying to explain.”