Special photo . Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler brings his band Adler's Appetite to 37 Main in Buford tonight.
BUFORD -- Steven Adler, former Guns N' Roses drummer, has a new band, a new attitude, and according to him, a new lease on life. The band, aptly named Adler's Appetite, is scheduled to play 37 Main in Buford tonight.
The band's 2011 "Good to be Alive" tour is a triumphant return for the iconic drummer, whose life has been a roller coaster since the early days of Guns N' Roses.
The years between high school, when Adler and high school classmate Slash joined Izzy Stradlin, Duff MacKagan and Axl Rose to form Guns N' Roses, and today have been rocky ones. Adler's recent autobiography -- released in paperback in May and titled "My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, Drugs and Guns N' Roses" -- is brutally honest. Adler admits that he was just too young and unprepared to handle the meteoric rise to fame that Guns N' Roses brought. But no book is complete until the last chapter is written.
"I read the book, went home, built a fire in my fireplace, and I threw the book in it. That's my past. I want to leave it and move on to the future," Adler said.
The band's tour is a big part of moving on, as evidenced by the band's latest single "Alive," as in "good to be alive," according to the veteran rocker.
It's no secret that drug abuse has been a struggle for Adler throughout much of his life. It cost him his enviable place behind the drums in Guns N' Roses, and several attempts to remove that albatross from around his neck failed over the years. But his self-proclaimed 180-degree turnaround comes after a successful appearance on Season Five of the popular television show "Celebrity Rehab."
"It was the best thing I ever did for myself," the blond-maned rocker said of his most recent appearance on the show. "I have a wonderful wife, a house, two cars in the garage, three dogs and money in the bank. It genuinely feels like I am living the American dream. Not only that, but I'm loving it."
Season Five of "Celebrity Rehab" with Dr. Drew will air on VH1 at 9 p.m. on June 26.
Adler's Appetite band members include Michael Thomas on lead guitar, Lonny Paul on rhythm guitar, Chip Z'nuff on bass, Adler on drums and Patrick Stone on vocals. To be sure, tonight's show will rest squarely on the shoulders of popular G-N-R classics such as "Sweet Child o' Mine" (which Adler co-wrote), but the band has released three new songs that are available on iTunes. The complete album should be available to fans by the end of this year.
Adler's Appetite's "Good to be Alive" Tour kicked off in Redondo Beach, Calif., early last month. The two tour dates following tonight's are in Columbus and Augusta. The Buford show will be Adler's third performance at 37 Main.
"Atlanta -- well, Georgia and the South in general are passionate about their rock and roll ... (I) like passionate fans," Adler said.