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Appetite for Dysfunction: Axl Rose’s Former Manager, Vicky Hamilton, Releases New Tell-All Book

Appetite for Dysfunction: Axl Rose’s Former Manager, Vicky Hamilton, Releases New Tell-All Book

Appetite For Dysfunction-2016At 22, Vicky Hamilton left her hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and arrived on the Sunset Strip as a wide-eyed blonde with an ear for rock & roll: “I was back home interviewing Tom Petty for Three Rivers Review,” says Hamilton, “And he told me I was a ‘real California girl,’ and that’s all it took.” It was 1981, and Hamilton arrived at the center of Hollywood; where the scene was erupting with spandex, sex, cocaine, Aqua Net hairspray and madcap visionaries, like Hamilton, who discovered Guns N’ Roses and became their first manager and surrogate mother. At one point, Guns N’ Roses lived in Hamilton’s apartment, as Axl Rose ducked a rape charge. “I realized I was harboring a fugitive,” she says, “But then Axl ended up crashing on my couch for six months.” Hamilton then negotiated Guns N’ Roses contract with Geffen Records.

In 1986, she was let go and forced to sue the band to recoup the $25,000 she’d borrowed to bankroll them. Hamilton now shares her stories in a memoir about a woman who rode the crazy train with some of rock’s wildest frontmen, and matched their hard-partying ways. Sober for 15 years, Hamilton spent that last seven excavating her private collection of photos, flyers, contracts, letters, and interviews to create a revealing look into her fascinating life. Her book includes new details about her turbulent relationship with Axl Rose and Poison’s Bret Michaels, her experience as an A&R rep for Geffen, and above all, Appetite for Dysfunction is the story of her rise and fall, and how she regained her life by becoming a Grammy Award-winning executive that helped relaunch the career of June Carter Cash in 1999.

About the Author:
Vicky Hamilton is a Grammy Award-winning music industry executive and manager who oversaw the early careers of Guns N’ Roses, Poison, Faster Pussycat and Mötley Crüe. She is considered one of the most successful music industry executives of her time. Appetite for Dysfunction is her unbelievably true story, told for the first-time alongside stunning images and first-hand accounts of a music executive with nearly four decades of rock & roll stories to tell.

Visit Vicky Hamilton’s official website at www.vickyhamilton.com. ‘Appetite for Dysfunction’ sounds like one hell of a read and is available for purchase now!

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ADLER Gears Up For Select Summer Tour Dates

ADLER Gears Up For Select Summer Tour Dates

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ADLER the band led by former Guns N Roses drummer Steven Adler is gearing up for a handful of select summer shows starting in June. The upcoming tour dates will be the band’s first live performances in over two years, and the band’s first ever visit to South America.

Additional 2015 tour dates are currently being secured and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Initial ADLER 2015 dates are as follows:

6/18/15 – Tailgators – Bolingbrook, IL

6/19/15 – Hat Tricks – Pekin, IL

6/20/15 – Jefferson Barracks Amphitheater – St. Louis, MO

7/10/15 – Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA

7/11 15 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV

7/23/15 – Real Plaza Centro Civico – Lima, Peru

7/24/15 – Arequipa Aura – Arequipa, Peru

7/25/15 – Frozzen – Cusco, Peru

8/21/15 – The Rock Pile – Toronto, Canada

8/22/15 – TBA – Canada

8/28/15 – Mohegan Sun Casino – Uncasville, CT

8/29/15 – Blackthorn 51 – Queens, NY

9/26/15 – History Park – San Jose, CA

10/1/16 – Los Angeles, CA – Monsters Of Rock Cruise

ADLER’S debut album “Back From The Dead” was released at the end of 2012 via New Ocean Media. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jeff Pilson (FOREIGNER, DOKKEN) and mixed by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, THEORY OF A DEAD MAN), the CD consists of 11 tracks, ranging from adrenaline-pumping rockers (“Back From The Dead”, “Own Worst Enemy”, “Another Version Of The Truth”) to arena-rock anthems (“Good To Be Bad”, “Blown Away”) to powerful, heartfelt ballads (“Waterfall”, “Just Don’t Ask”). The album features guest appearances by Adler’s former GUNS N’ ROSES bandmate Slash and ROB ZOMBIE/ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5.

ADLER is comprised of Steven Adler, frontman Jacob Bunton (LYNAM, MARS ELECTRIC), guitarist Lonny Paul (ADLER’S APPETITE), and bassist Johnny Martin (CHELSEA SMILES).

Website: www.adlerrocks.com
Adler Facebook: www.facebook.com/adlermusic
Adler Twitter: www.twitter.com/adlerrocks

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Legendary Drummer Steven Adler To Embark On Select Summer Tour Dates With Adler

Legendary Drummer Steven Adler To Embark On Select Summer Tour Dates With Adler

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ADLER the band led by former Guns ‘N Roses drummer Steven Adler announced today that they have confirmed a handful of select summer shows. These will be the band’s first live performances in over two years, and the band’s first ever visit to South America.
Additional 2015 tour dates are currently being secured and will be announced in the coming weeks.
Initial ADLER 2015 dates are as follows:
6/18/15 –  Tailgators – Bolingbrook, IL
6/19/15 –  Hat Tricks – Pekin, IL
6/20/15 – Jefferson Barracks Amphitheater – St. Louis, MO – w/ QUEENSRYCHE
7/10/15 – Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
7/23/15 – Venue TBA – Lima, Peru
7/25/15 – Country Club Los Huancas – Huancayo, Peru
7/28/15 – Venue TBA – Cusco, Peru
8/28/15 –  Mohegan Sun Casino – Uncasville, CT
ADLER’S debut album “Back From The Dead” was released at the end of 2012 via New Ocean Media. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jeff Pilson (FOREIGNER, DOKKEN) and mixed by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, THEORY OF A DEAD MAN), the CD consists of 11 tracks, ranging from adrenaline-pumping rockers (“Back From The Dead”, “Own Worst Enemy”, “Another Version Of The Truth”) to arena-rock anthems (“Good To Be Bad”, “Blown Away”) to powerful, heartfelt ballads (“Waterfall”, “Just Don’t Ask”). The album features guest appearances by Adler’s former GUNS N’ ROSES bandmate Slash and ROB ZOMBIE/ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5.
ADLER is comprised of Steven Adler, frontman Jacob Bunton (LYNAM, MARS ELECTRIC), guitarist Lonny Paul (ADLER’S APPETITE), and bassist Johnny Martin (CHELSEA SMILES).
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STRANGE TIME: Chip Z’Nuff To Release First Solo Album On February 3rd

STRANGE TIME: Chip Z’Nuff To Release First Solo Album On February 3rd

Chip Z'Nuff's 'Strange Time'

Chip Z’Nuff’s ‘Strange Time’

On February 3, Deadline Music (imprint of Cleopatra Records) will release STRANGE TIME, the first solo album by Chip Z’nuff.  The 10-track record marks a departure from the trademark Enuff Z’nuff trip-pop sound, with heavier guitars and more psychedelic elements.  

In addition to special guest appearances, the album includes a bonus 5-track EP collaboration with Steven Adler (Guns ‘n Roses).

“It’s a stoner rock record,” said Z’nuff, matter-of-factly.  “What I have with Enuff Z’nuff is special, but this is a labor of love.  I started these songs while going through every type of hard time – family, finances, relationships – and found moments of clarity while writing.”  He also called on some tour buddies and long-time friends to guest on the record.  

Having played bass for both Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons) and Adler (Adler’s Appetite), Z’nuff knew they’d contribute something truly unique (Z’nuff calls Adler’s drumming “incendiary”). Home state  legend Robin Zander lends his pipes to “All Day and All of the Night.”  Geezer Butler’s son, Biff, sings on “Rockstar.”

STRANGE TIME was recorded at Chicago Recording Company in Chicago and Abbey Road Studios in London.  Brendan Jeffrey produced all tracks except “Rockstar” (produced by Johnny K) and “Strange Time” (produced by R. Rubin).  Mixing was done by Jeff Luif and engineering by Chris Shepard (Elvis Costello, Smashing Pumpkins), Johnny K (Disturbed, Plain White T’s), Rob Pozen, and Ron Lowe.  Daniel Stout mastered at Colossal Mastering.   Performers include Z’nuff (vocals, guitar, bass), Adler (drums, percussion), Biff Butler, James Morrison Jr., Steve Ramone, Sir Ashley Scott, Robin Zander, and Scott Faukes.

The EP was recorded at Chicago Recording Company and Chip Z’nuff Studios in Blue Island, IL.  Brendan Jeffrey produced, Jeff Luif mixed, and Bob Ludwig mastered.  Z’nuff and Adler performed all the music, with Bozzio on vocals and a Slash sample solo on “Tonight We Met.”

STRANGE TIME TRACK LISTING:
~ all songs written by Chip Z’nuff except where noted ~

  1. Sunshine
  2. Rockstar
  3. Strange Time  (written by Chip Z’nuff and Trent Reznor)
  4. Dragonfly
  5. Still Love Your Face (written by Chip Z’nuff and Wendel Rey)
  6. F..Mary..Kill (written by Chip Z’nuff, Howard Stern, and Steve Miller)
  7. Anna Nichole (written by Chip Z’nuff and Syklopps)
  8. Strike Three
  9. Hello To The Drugs
  10. All Day And All Of The Night –  featuring Robin Zander & Steven Adler (written by Ray Davies)

BONUS EP: STEVEN ADLER & CHIP Z’NUFF

  1. My Town
  2. Yesterday (Another Wasted Day)
  3. The Game
  4. Tonight We Met (And Now We’re Going To Fuck) –  featuring Slash & Dale Bozzio
  5. The Pain Is All On You (written by Chip Z’nuff, Steven Adler, Paul McCartney)

Enuff Z’nuff has a west coast run in February.

Feb. 19 – Vamp’d – Las Vegas

Feb. 20 – Whisky-a-Go Go – Los Angeles

Feb. 21 – Fulton 55 – Fresno

Feb. 22 – The Boardwalk – Sacramento

Feb. 24 – El Corazon – Seattle

Feb. 25 – Tonic Lounge – Portland

Feb. 27 – RockBar Theater – San Jose

Feb. 28 – TBA

STRANGE TIME will be available at record stores and online retailers including iTunes (http://tinyurl.com/n3mlwje) and Amazon (http://tinyurl.com/ohduxhy) on February 3.

In addition to a career in broadcasting as a go-to guest on Howard Stern’s radio show and co-host of “Mancow TV,” Chip is writing his autobiography.  It will chronicle, in part, his three decades in EZ. In 1989, Enuff Z’nuff released its self-titled debut, and the hit singles “New Thing” and “Fly High Michelle,” which earned them the first of two Gold records, huge credibility in the music video landscape, and legions of fans from the pop, rock, hippie, metal, and glam communities.  Rolling Stone, David Letterman, and Howard Stern have all been continued vocal supporters of the band.   A new record of Enuff Z’nuff originals is planned for 2015.

Connect with the band at enuffznuff.com and facebook.com/Enuff.Znuff.Official.

 

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Music In The Blood: Chip Z’Nuff On His Career, ‘Covered In Gold’ And New Music

Music In The Blood: Chip Z’Nuff On His Career, ‘Covered In Gold’ And New Music

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On August 19, Cleopatra Records will release COVERED IN GOLD, the first covers album ever recorded in the 30-year history of Enuff Z’nuff. The 14-track record honors the diverse influences that inspired the band, and includes fan-favorite songs often heard in the band’s live sets.

From reverent takes on classics from The Beatles (“Run For Your Life”) and Nirvana (“All Apologies”) to surprising takes on Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and the blistering “Stone Cold Crazy” from Queen, Enuff Z’nuff demonstrates the core reason for its longevity in music: taking cues from exceptional and broad role models and creating an accessible but unique sound around them. To that end, the band takes a pop TV theme song, “Believe It Or Not” from The Greatest American Hero and turns it into a refreshed pop gem.

In 1989, Enuff Z’nuff released its self-titled debut, and the hit singles “New Thing” and “Fly High Michelle,” which earned them the first of two Gold records, huge credibility in the music video landscape, and legions of fans from the pop, rock, hippie, metal, and glam communities. Rolling Stone, David Letterman, and Howard Stern have all been continued vocal supporters of the band. Founder Chip Z’nuff continues to be the cornerstone, keeping the group active on stage and in studio with fresh musicians coming into the fold as change required. Twenty albums and countless concerts later, Enuff Z’nuff continues to deliver melodic, accessible rock.

In addition to a new career in broadcasting as a go-to guest on Howard Stern’s radio show and co-host of “Mancow TV,” Chip is working with Steven Adler (Guns ‘n Roses, Adler’s Appetite) on two albums to be released this year. Both THE DEATH OF JOHNNY ROTTEN JR. and ADLER’S ENOUGH will feature guest artists like Robin Zander and Dale Bozzio. A new record of Enuff Z’nuff originals is planned for 2015.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Chip Z’Nuff to discuss his decades in the music  business, his evolution as an artist, the recent release of ‘Covered In Gold,’ the new music he has on the way and what the future might hold for him and the band.

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Chip Z’Nuff

Let’s go back to your formative years. What are some of your earliest memories of music?

I remember watching Don Kirshner’s “Rock Concert” and “Midnight Special” with my father. He would let me stay up late at night and have the chance to see bands like Alice Cooper, Queen, Mott The Hoople, Led Zeppelin and a lot of the old English stuff. That was really the first thing that tripped my trigger, stuff like Pink Floyd, Sweet, The Who. Those are the first bands I fell in love with. I was bitten and I had the disease! I said, “This is something I really enjoy!” At the time I discovered those bands, I was probably around 11 or 12 and I was playing baseball. I was pitching. By the time I got a little bit older and had some success in sports, it just seemed to me that writing a song was more challenging and exciting than throwing a curveball or a slider.

Was there a particular catalyst or moment that made you know music was the right path for you?

Oh yeah. I was playing a gig on the Southside of Chicago. Peter Cetera from the band Chicago came out to see the band. It was one of our first gigs. He came up to us and was very encouraging. He said, “Hey, you guys are working hard. Keep it up and you are going to go places.” I thought, “Here is a big rock star and he is telling me I have a chance!” That was one of the beginning motivations. My aunt lived outside of Los Angeles in a little town called Norco, Calif. She told my father she would take me in for the summer after I graduated. I was 17 years old. I went to her house and I had a band called Degeneration, the original Degeneration. We had some big management people following us. We were young dudes in what was like a punk rock band. That was very inspiring for me because I realized I was out there playing, doing it every single day and hanging out at places like The Whiskey A Go Go watching Motley Crue play. I thought, “If they could do it, so can I!” I think that was the catalyst right there!

You have been in music for a very long time and have been very successful. What is the secret to your success and longevity?

Chip Z'Nuff on tour in Germany.

Chip Z’Nuff on tour in Germany.

I will tell, luck is the residue of design but preparation meets opportunity. When I first met Bon Jovi, he said, “If you want to be huge, you have to want it 24 hours a day.” He’s not exaggerating. You have to dedicate your life to it. There will be ups and downs and you have to be prepared for them. More than anything, you can’t give up. You have to be determined beyond belief. It is tough out there. It is a big playing field and there is only so much room that is out there but if you write good songs, you are true to yourself and you stay as clean as you can you have a chance for a little career. I’ve been really lucky. I’ve been blessed! We have good people around us and had some great management in the business. When I think of a man who believed in our stuff, I think of Doc McGhee, who used to manage Bon Jovi and now he manages KISS. He was our first manager, along with a guy named Don Bingham. Our second manager was Herbie Herbert who managed Mr. Big and Steve Miller. Our last manager was the late, great Bill Aucoin, who managed KISS earlier in their career. We have had a chance to have some wonderful management and that certainly helped us set the tone for our career but more than anything it was songs! Donnie and I really hustled, built a lot of tunes in the house and recorded them all. That was our catalyst, come up with songs and compete against our idols. There is also a little bit of luck thrown in there as well! You have to sprinkle that in! We worked every single day. That was our job 24 hours a day. We pushed aside our family and friends and that is the hardest part of this business. You really have to focus on the band to be successful, it is almost like a marriage. I think all of those elements, mixed with a little luck, gave us the opportunity to have a career.

Looking back on your life in music, how did you evolve as an artist?

I don’t want to sound like I am immodest but I can definitely play with any band in the world. I have worked very hard at my craft. I play a few different instruments, I sing and I can write songs. I think those tools right there, along with the blessing of The Lord, has helped me. I’m not trying to be religious at all but let’s face it, there is higher power out there and someone is watching over me. Although I feel all the hard work has paid off, I am still unsatisfied but I am grateful. The band has been through a lot of ups and downs. We lost our drummer, Ricky Parent, who passed away in 2007. Before that, we lost Derek Frigo, who was a great guitar player. Don’t think I don’t miss those gentlemen because their contribution is immeasurable and I can’t put it into words. They were terrific musicians. I get a chance to listen to the CDs and see the DVDs and videos and see them. That is something I can keep forever, those amazing memories. No one can take those away from us. Besides that, there are my broken marriages and family strife. Through it all, we have stuck together and worked really hard. That is why I still do what I do. I have dedicated my life to it. As far as being a musician goes, I learned all different styles of music in my early days. I have been playing for such a long time that I have produced and played on over 50 albums. I think my musical contributions speak for themselves, without my trying to sound like I am immodest.

Enuff Z’nuff is putting out a covers collection titled “Covered in Gold.” What made this the right time for the release of this album?

Enuff Z’nuff - 'Covered In Gold'

Enuff Z’nuff – ‘Covered In Gold’

It was our management. Todd LePere, over at PRG Nocturne, has taken the band under his wing. We haven’t had a North American label in 15 years. I’m signed with King Records over in Japan and Enuff Z’nuff is with Rock Candy over in England but we had nothing here in the United States for the longest time. Everybody wanted the record for free. Finally, we found Cleopatra Records. They called me up one day and said, “We licensed your greatest hits record, ‘Favorites,’ and it has done very well for us. I always liked working with you, Chip. Do you have any music?” I told him we didn’t have a lot at the moment, just demo stuff but quality record stuff. It is very important to have music that is going to hold up sonically. I said, “I do have a covers record I am thinking about putting out. I would like to take all of these cover songs we have done in our career and put them on one record. Maybe we could record three or four extra songs for it. Would you be interested in that?” He said, “Absolutely!” I sent him the record and he nailed it! It was the perfect time. It’s like I said earlier, preparation meets opportunity. He had the songs and wanted to put the record together. I went over to Chicago Recording Company on the north side of Chicago. They were nice enough to give me the studio for a week. I put the songs together and I think there has been a resurgence with Enuff Z’nuff. We have certainly been helped through radio and TV. I host a TV show here in Chicago called “Mancow TV.” I think that has helped where people have seen us and know the band is still alive and playing shows. That whole combination made it a great time for this to come out. The record came out and it was at 54 its first week on Amazon and shot itself up to number 28. It has been pretty good for us so far! I think the way to sustain that would be to go out and tour a little bit this year and then come out with a brand new record next year. That is my goal right now, to put out some fresh new music for the fans in 2015. They certainly have been very loyal to us. Our audience has always bought our albums and passed them around to their friends. If you go to a record store, you don’t see us in the used bins because people keep our albums and we are really proud of that! I would definitely like to see a brand new, fresh record out. I was a little concerned about doing it because it is a different lineup right now but the fans have spoken! Next year I am looking forward to putting some fresh new music out and hopefully “Covered In Gold” will hold everybody over.

Chip Z'Nuff backstage before a gig.

Chip Z’Nuff backstage before a gig.

Where are you in the process of creating the album of new material for Enuff Z’nuff? Are you the type of artist who is always writing?

No, I’m not always writing because I am always in the studio producing other bands and helping other artists that need a helping hand. It is very challenging to find a new group and have them say, “Hey, we want to pay you to come into your studio to record our songs. Will you help us?” I give them everything I’ve got, all the bands that come in. I have produced over 30 albums at my house. It is very gratifying at the end when you see how happy they are. They see how it is done and I can really help them in a lot of ways because I have been making records for all these years. That feels really good. As far as songs go, John Lennon said it best, “All the great songs have already been written. It is up to us as artists to bring them down and turn you guys on to them.” There are a bunch of songs that we have, so that is the least of my worries.

Being in the music industry as long as you have, you have seen it go through many changes. What are some of the surprises the industry has thrown your way recently?

Music In The Blood: Chip Z'Nuff and Ace Frehley

Music In The Blood: Chip Z’Nuff and Ace Frehley

The music has changed a million times. In some ways it is better today because of social media where you can reach millions of people instantly. You couldn’t do that in the past, however, the playing field is so packed. There are so many bands and, since there isn’t a lot of room, you really have to have something special. It’s hard to not have a name and get out there to push a new record. You need a tour, you need a video, you need to try and get it out virally. You have to hit all the states and play shows with as many bands as you can and steal their fans. It is really tough out there for all artists. That being said, it is a great opportunity for us. Quite a few people are following us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter and on www.enuffznuff.com. That will certainly help us in the long run. Listen, we have been through so many tough times and overcome so many obstacles that right now for the new record, as encouraging as all that is, will certainly be a challenge. My manger from the old days, Bob Brigham from PRG Nocturne, said “It’s like bandaging a gunshot wound.” It will take a lot for us to get back into the game, so we are not fooling ourselves but there are enough people out there who do like Enuff Z’nuff that one song could change things. You never know, a director or producer could want to put a song on their next movie soundtrack or a commercial or something and we are back in the fuckin’ game again. That is how it is for every single band out there. We are all one hit away from being back in the game again. I encourage those out there who are making songs to never give up and try to get the songs out there. We are all on the same playing field and you have a great chance out there. There is a book out there called “As a Man Thinkith.” Basically, what the book says is that if you wake up in the morning and it is pouring rain outside, if you are thinking it is going to be a shitty day and you aren’t going to get anything done then you aren’t going to! You have to wake up every day and say, “I am going to make things happen today. It’s going to be a positive day. I’m not going to lose.” If you go in there with great vibes, then you have a real chance. Every single person out there has a chance!

Is sharing your life and experiences in the form an autobiography something that is in the cards for you?

Yeah, I have been working on it for the whole year actually. It takes a lot of time. People think that you simply put a book together and put it out! No! It is trial and error. It is a bunch of stories and you have to find someone to help take your words and put it together in a way that is cohesive. I have this guy named James Reardon, who wrote “Break on Through.” He wrote the book on The Doors and worked with Oliver Stone when they did The Doors movie. The whole movie is based on his book. I just got him involved to help me put this book together. I have another person who is on The New York Times Best Sellers List named Jodee Blanco, who wrote “Please Stop Laughing at Me.” Those two are helping me put this great story together. It is all true, no phony stuff. It shows the warts, scars and tattoos I have acquired through the years with my band, Enuff Z’nuff.

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Did you have any reservations about putting yourself out there in that capacity?

I did at first but when I knew I was going to bring up some other people … I am not talking about other bands and their substance abuse or promiscuity. I am talking about my life and my band. I really had to let my hair down on this, for lack of a better term. I wanted to talk about the problems, trials and tribulations of being in Enuff Z’nuff and the very first days of substance abuse this band carried with us through the years. Even though we had issues, we had great songs and four guys who really knew how to play together and had a great chemistry. Along with the good stuff, I wanted to show all the bad stuff like the drug abuse and promiscuity, on both sides of my marriages, and my band’s relationships. I also wanted to focus on the people in the record company, in the very beginning, thinking that was the way to go to vibe with everybody to shows where band members weren’t up to snuff at gigs and we doing less than desirable shows with a great band. We were just not in the condition to play as great as we were on the records. We went through bankruptcies, signed with Clive Davis over at Arista and sold a couple hundred thousand records, which is considered a failure back then! Nowadays, I would be hailed for seeing over 200,000 records! We had two gold records and were in debt three quarters of a million dollars. There are embarrassing moments in there as well. I talked about all those things because I wanted to be honest. I have to be honest with ya, some of it hurt. It wasn’t an easy ride or an easy book to start putting together. However, I am cleansing my soul! It’s kind of like Steven Adler from Guns N’ Roses, when he wrote his book. I was with him when he was writing the book. When it was finished, he had the first copy. I was so proud of him for putting all of that stuff down on paper. He went over and lit the fireplace. He threw the book in and said, “OK. This story is done. Those chapters of my life have diminished. I have the memories and my fans can remember these if they want to but I am on to the next thing!” That is how I look at the book I am working on.

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Chip Z’Nuff continues to rock crowds around the globe.

Speaking of Steven Adler, you have been working with him again. What can you tell us about what you have going on there?

There is one record that is already out called “Adler’s Appetite.” It’s an EP on Down Boys Records, which is a label the guys from Warrant own. I think it is a great record, a hard rock record, of course. It is very reminiscent of the Guns N’ Roses sound. Then, Steven flew out here from Los Angeles to Chicago in 2012 and we recorded a five song EP at my house, “Adler’s Enough.” He stayed here for about a month. Every single song that we write together, he played drums first before there was any music or anything. I just gave him an idea and a drum beat. He would go into the room and play his drums. From there, I would write songs around it. There are five tunes and I am really proud of this record. Dale Bozzio from Missing Persons is also on this record. We used a couple of Slash’s guitars from samples because we couldn’t get him down here. I think it is a strong record. I am singing and playing everything on the record, along with Steven. We are hoping to release that sometime this year because I think fans really need to hear it! We did the record in 2012, went out on tour and I brought about 400 copies with me. We sold them out in two weeks on a little small club tour we were doing in North American.

Chip Z'Nuff and Steven Adler

Chip Z’Nuff and Steven Adler

The management company said to me, “Chip, ya know what? People are going to be confused by this record and Adler’s Appetite band, so stop selling them.” I said, “No problem.” When I left Adler’s Appetite and went back to Enuff Z’nuff full-time and started doing the TV show, I was playing the songs for people. Everyone kept saying, “This is a great record. Why don’t you do something with this?” Steven and I deserve to have those songs out there. There could be a movie director, producer or somebody out there who might say, “I like these songs. I want to use them for my next project.” I want to get those songs out there for us. I was lucky enough to cut a deal with Cleopatra Records where I can release that record along with my solo record, which is a different band called Johnny Rotten Junior. That record is a 10-song record. It is all done on two inch tape, analog, here in Chicago. I think it is a strong record but I tried to do something a little bit different than Enuff Z’nuff. I wasn’t trying to write hits. I was just trying to put together a cool stoner rock record. I think I achieved that.

What is the best advice you can give to aspiring musicians looking to make music their career?

Spectacular success is when you can thoroughly deal with problems without letting them pull you down. Don’t stop. Stay positive. You are only one song away from being recognized!

We appreciate your time today, Chip! We are excited to help spread the word on all that you have going on!

Thank you for your time, Jason! God bless you and your family! Cheers!

Be sure to follow Enuff Z’nuff on FacebookYouTube and Twitter. Visit the newly relaunched website of the band at www.enuffznuff.com. Click here to purchase ‘Covered In Gold.’ 

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Enuff Z’nuff To Release ‘Covered In Gold’ Covers Album On August 19th!

Enuff Z’nuff To Release ‘Covered In Gold’ Covers Album On August 19th!

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Enuff Z’nuff – ‘Covered In Gold’

On August 19, Cleopatra Records will release COVERED IN GOLD, the first covers album ever recorded in the 30-year history of Enuff Z’nuff. The 14-track record honors the diverse influences that inspired the band, and includes fan-favorite songs often heard in the band’s live sets.

From reverent takes on classics from The Beatles (“Run For Your Life”) and Nirvana (“All Apologies”) to surprising takes on Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and the blistering “Stone Cold Crazy” from Queen, Enuff Z’nuff demonstrates the core reason for its longevity in music: taking cues from exceptional and broad role models and creating an accessible but unique sound around them. To that end, the band takes a pop TV theme song, “Believe It Or Not” from The Greatest American Hero and turns it into a refreshed pop gem.

In 1989, Enuff Z’nuff released its self-titled debut, and the hit singles “New Thing” and “Fly High Michelle,” which earned them the first of two Gold records, huge credibility in the music video landscape, and legions of fans from the pop, rock, hippie, metal, and glam communities. Rolling Stone, David Letterman, and Howard Stern have all been continued vocal supporters of the band. Founder Chip Z’nuff continues to be the cornerstone, keeping the group active on stage and in studio with fresh musicians coming into the fold as change required. Twenty albums and countless concerts later, Enuff Z’nuff continues to deliver melodic, accessible rock.

In addition to a new career in broadcasting as a go-to guest on Howard Stern’s radio show and co-host of “Mancow TV,” Chip is working with Steven Adler (Guns ‘n Roses, Adler’s Appetite) on two albums to be released this year. Both THE DEATH OF JOHNNY ROTTEN JR. and ADLER’S ENOUGH will feature guest artists like Robin Zander and Dale Bozzio. A new record of Enuff Z’nuff originals is planned for 2015.

COVERED IN GOLD TRACK LISTING:

1. Everything Works If You Let It (Cheap Trick cover)
2. Stone Cold Crazy (Queen cover)
3. She Sells Sanctuary (The Cult cover)
4. All Apologies (Nirvana cover)
5. Believe It Or Not (The Greatest American Hero theme)
6. The Jean Genie (David Bowie cover)
7. Run For Your Life (The Beatles cover)
8. When Doves Cry (Prince cover)
9. Tears Of A Clown (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles cover)
10. The Stroke (Billy Squier cover)
11. Yankee Rose (David Lee Roth cover)
12. Jealous Guy (John Lennon cover)

BONUS TRACKS
13. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Live on Howard Stern)
14. New Thing (Live Unplugged In London)

After more than 140 concerts last year, Enuff Z’nuff took a break from the road early this year to craft new releases.  The following new dates are confirmed, with more to be announced on the website.

Aug 31 Farm Rock 2014 – Wauconda, IL

Sept 26 Park Pavillion ‘80s In The Park Wickham’ – Melbourne, FL

Nov 14 Rock N’ Skull – Pekin, IL

COVERED IN GOLD  will be available at record stores and online retailers including iTunes (http://geni.us/2lfp) and Amazon (http://geni.us/3j3v) on August 19.

Connect with the band at enuffznuff.com and facebook.com/Enuff.Znuff.Official.

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Jacob Bunton Discusses The Creation of Adler’s Ass Kicking Debut Album!

Jacob Bunton Discusses The Creation of Adler’s Ass Kicking Debut Album!

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Jacob Bunton is a lot like you and me. He grew up with posters of some of rock’s biggest names plastered to his bedroom wall and had hopes of one day making his rock ‘n’ roll dreams a reality. However, what sets Jacob apart from the crowd is an incredible drive and an amazing voice that oozes rock ‘n’ roll! Little In 2012, this small town kid from Alabama would find himself in the studio with some of the rock legends he had looked up to as a kid and fronting an outstanding new rock outfit called ADLER. Comprised of frontman Jacob Bunton (Lynam, Mars Electric), guitarist Lonny Paul (Adler’s Appetite), and Johnny Martin (Chelsea Smiles), the band has just unleashed their impressive debut album, ‘Back From The Dead,’ which is best classified as a “no holds barred, balls to the walls, rock ‘n’ roll thrill ride!” At it’s core, the album is a perfect storm of musical collaborations between its members. Serving as icing on the cake, the album also features guest performances from Steven Adler’s childhood friend and former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Slash, as well as Rob Zombie/Ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5. Jason Price of the mighty Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Jacob Bunton to discuss his roots in rock music, his intriguing new band, the making of their debut album and much more!

It is great to finally catch up with you, Jacob. Thank you so much for taking time out to talk with us!

Hey man! Thank you so much for doing this! Thank you for your support, it means more than you know!

Takes us back a few years if you would. How did music first come into your life and what are some of your earliest memories?

Music first came into my life when I was a little bitty kid. For as long as I can remember, music has been a part of my life. I have always been obsessed with it. A lot of parents put their babies in a playpen or whatever but when I was a kid, there was an old piano at my grandfather’s house that my mother would sit me at. I would sit there and although I couldn’t pay anything, I would bang away on it and I loved it! I would sit there as long as she would let me! Eventually, she noticed that I would start picking out little melody lines from commercials playing in the background. Like I said, I have always been obsessed with it. I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and there wasn’t a whole lot to do than listen to music and play guitar. When I was a kid, all of the rockstars you would see on MTV looked like superheroes. Motley Crue, Poison, KISS or any of those people looked like they sprung straight from the pages of a comic book! It was very appealing and I really gravitated towards that. I bought my first guitar by mowing grass and doing lawn care when I was eleven years old. I saved up 60 bucks and I went to the local music store, a place called Highland Music in Birmingham, Alabama. The owner, a guy named Don Murdoch, sold me a guitar. It was called a Memphis guitar and it had a broken head stock that was broken during shipping. He had super glued it back together. He sold that guitar to me for 60 bucks and that was my first guitar! I learned how to play on that guitar. That is all I did was sit in my room and play music from there on out!

Who would you cite as your biggest influences as a musician? Are there some that might be surprising?

My biggest influences growing up were definitely the 80s rock bands that you would see on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. My favorite record of all-time is “Appetite For Destruction” by Guns N’ Roses. That is the thing that is so surreal about the project I am involved with now, ADLER. Slash came in and played on the record and Steven [Adler] is playing drums! These were guys whose photos were hanging on my wall when I was a kid! I would put on “Appetite For Destruction” back then and try to play along. I learned a lot about playing guitar and singing from spending time with that record. My favorite bands were KISS, Poison, Motley Crue and Cinderella. My favorite guitar player of all-time is definitely Steve Vai. I also love John Petrucci from Dream Theater. I guess as far as the bands I love that might surprise people is Duran Duran. I think they are amazing! I also love bluegrass music and stuff from Ricky Skaggs. I love country music, like Brad Paisley. I am all over the place musically!

What was the catalyst that made you pursue music as a career instead of taking a different route?

A lot of people when they are young sit there and they don’t really know what they want to do for a living. I have never had that moment where I was like “Hummm. What should I do?” I just kinda always knew this was my path because I always played music. I never came to a conscious decision where I thought “Ya know what? I’m going to try and make it in music!” It was never even a question. I always just had the drive and I knew that I would do it. I just had to play music!

As you mentioned, your latest project is ADLER. What is your first recollection of meeting Steven Adler?

Jacob Bunton

Jacob Bunton

The first time I ever met Steven was, I believe, in 2008 at Rocklahoma. It was very briefly. It was Dario Loreno, who is the guitar player for Lizzy Borden, and myself. We both spotted him and wanted to get a picture taken with him. We walked right up to him and he was just the sweetest guy in the world. He gave both of us big hugs and posed for a picture. That was that! That was the first time I ever met Steven. Fast forward to a few years later. I was very close friends with Janie Lane from Warrant. We would write songs together. He would fly out to my house or I would visit him out in California. When he passed away, not only did I lose a friend but the music world lost an incredible talent. I went out to Los Angeles last August for his memorial. Lonny Paul, the guitarist for Adler’s Appetite was there. We were introduced by a mutual friend, producer Jay Ruston. Jay told me that they we looking to start a new band and were in need of a singer. Lonny started talking to me and explained that Steven had been doing Adler’s Appetite for ten years, doing the Guns N’ Roses songs for the fans. SO many fans wanted to see him play those songs and he did it well. I was tried of that and really wanted to do an original project of his own stuff. Lonny and I hit it off and then the next day, he and Steven came to my hotel room. That was the first time I really had a chance to talk to Steven at length. Once again, he was the sweetest guy in the world and we hit it off immediately. We sat and talked music forever! He has such a vas knowledge of music. Where my influences we people like Guns N’ Roses and Motley Crue, his influences were more like Queen, Aerosmith and bands like that. We sat and talked forever that day and immediately knew we had a great chemistry. From there, Lonny and I started writing and working on songs.

When you found yourselves at the start of this project, what were your expectations for the album?

It is really weird. I really didn’t have any expectations because it was s surreal being part of a project with guys I always respected growing up. My desire was to create a kick ass rock ‘n’ roll record and I feel like we did that! Steven definitely had expectations and goals for this band, more than the rest of us, because this was the first full length record that he has played on and done since “Appetite for Destruction”. He had a lot to prove. Now that the record is out, he said the other day, he accomplished. He wanted the fans, the media and the critics to accept it. Everybody is giving it great reviews. All the fans have been very receptive to it and really seem to like the record. That is all he wanted, so he is super happy. I am just glad to be a part of it and I feel really honored.

What can you tell us about the songwriting process for this record and how it all came together?

I live in Birmingham and those guys live in Los Angeles, so Lonny and I started sending ideas back and forth on email. Lonny would burn CDs and take them to Steven. Steven would say yes to stuff he liked and no to stuff he didn’t. Steven definitely chose all the songs for the record. There were songs that both Lonny and I wrote that we really liked and were really proud that weren’t chosen. One of the thing we said the day we first met when we first met that day in the hotel was that we would leave ego aside and be honest with each other about songs and wouldn’t have to worry about hurting the other persons feelings. It a song could be better, we would say it. If a song wasn’t good, we’d say it. Everybody agreed to make changes and not to get to attached to an idea. If something could be better, we were all for making it better. Once we had a few songs, in January of 2012, we started recording the record. Lonny and I sat down in his office and the first song we wrote together in the same room was “The One That You Hated”. We wrote that song in about ten minutes and like I said, we had really great chemistry. That was pretty much the way the songwriting went. I brought a bunch of songs to the table, as did Lonny. We collaborated on stuff and it was a very easy and natural process.

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You can definitely hear song of the band’s collective influences in there but the music has a sound of it’s own. Was it a difficult process to find the sound you were looking for with this band?

It wasn’t had to develop the sound at all because once we all got together, all of our different influences and styles came out. What you hear, literally, is all of our own styles coming out in the music. Like I said, all we wanted to do is write kick ass rock songs. With Steven on the drums, Lonny on guitar, Jeff [Pilson] on bass and my singing, it just blended together perfectly into what you hear on the album.

What was the biggest challenge you encounter in putting this album together?

It seems so crazy to say this but we didn’t encounter a big challenge. We were all really, really happy going into it and had that common goal. I guess the biggest challenge was trying to pick which songs would end up on the record because we had lots of songs. Narrowing down those songs was challenging. Everything else was very easy and almost painless.

At points during the recording process, you find yourself in the studio with Steven, Slash and Jeff, who have all made a big impact on you in your youth. What did you take away from that experience?

Jacob Bunton

Jacob Bunton

The biggest thing as far as the recording aspect goes is today when bands record, they use computers, ProTools and very few of them play live as a band anymore. It all gets recorded in different parts. That is why a lot of things you hear on the radio all start to sound exactly the same and almost like robots. A lot of today’s music is missing that live feel. When you are dealing with guys who were making records a long time ago like they were, they like that organic feel, the vibe of the live stuff and they like the mistakes. When we where recording, if there was a mistake, instead of fixing it, they were like “Ahh, just leave it!” It adds character to the record. Steven can point out a million different mistakes on “Appetite For Destruction” that I never realized were mistakes! The main thing I learned was to never lose that human element because it is those little nuances and little mistakes that can make those masterpieces. People feel an attachment to something that is human and feel detached from something that is perfect, computerized and sounds like a robot! The other thing I have learned is that if you want to do something and put your mind to it, you really can do it! like I said, I am just some redneck from Alabama! [laughs] Despite that fact, I am getting to play with people that I respect and am able to take part in this really cool project! It is kinda like the thing from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” where they said “If you can dream it, you can be it!” It’s true!

You are still a young guy and things have really taken off for you in 2012. How do you feel you have evolved as an artist since your early years?

As with anything, the more you do it, the more comfortable you become. You definitely get better with years of experience under your belt. I feel that I am constantly growing as an artist and as a person. Ya know, since the time I first started recording, you can definitely hear that the songwriting has grown, from the very first record I made to the newest stuff. The more that you do something, the better you get and I think the same holds true with me.

We are catching you late in 2012. You just released the album and 2013 will be here before we know it. What is on the horizon for Adler in the year to come?

Lots of plans! Lots of touring! We are going to Japan with Duff [McKagan] in March. There is also talk of us going to South America and Europe and of course, we are going to play all over The States! We will probably be extremely busy in 2013!

That is really great to hear. What about videos? Any movement on that front?

We have plans to do a video for “Good To Be Bad”. Right now we are trying to coordinate with John 5’s schedule because that is the song he is on. He wants to be in the video and we definitely want him in the video! Right now are trying to coordinate everyone’s schedule!

Is there anything you would like to say to the fans out there?

Yeah! Thank you for your support! Everybody can check out our website at www.adlerrocks.com. Our Twitter is www.twitter.com/adlerrocks and our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/adlermusic. We would love to have everyone check out the record for sure!

I can safely say they won’t be disappointed, Jacob! I really think it is a terrific record and your voice is kickass! I am really looking forward to catching you guys live in 2013!

I really appreciate that, man! Thank you so much for taking time to do this interview!

The pleasure is all mine! Take care and know we will be spreading the word!

Thank you, man! It means a lot! See you later!

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Back From The Dead: Steven Adler Discusses His New Band’s Impressive Debut

Back From The Dead: Steven Adler Discusses His New Band’s Impressive Debut

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Over the past decade, we have watched legendary drummer Steven Adler go from a near rock ‘n’ roll statistic to earning his rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Guns N’ Roses. Armed with a clear head, heartwarming smile and the drum skills that helped to change the world, Steven Adler is out to do it all over again! 2012 marks a new beginning for the legendary drummer as he has joined forces with some of rock’s greatest talents to form an outstanding new rock outfit called ADLER. Comprised of frontman Jacob Bunton (Lynam, Mars Electric), guitarist Lonny Paul (Adler’s Appetite), and Johnny Martin (Chelsea Smiles), the band has just unleashed their impressive debut album, ‘Back From The Dead,’ which is best classified as a “no holds barred, balls to the walls, rock ‘n’ roll thrill ride!” At it’s core, the album is a perfect storm of musical collaborations between its members. Serving as icing on the cake, the album also features guest performances from Steven Adler’s childhood friend and former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Slash, as well as Rob Zombie/Ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5. Jason Price of the mighty Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Steven Adler for a rapid-fire Q&A about this intriguing new band, the making of their debut album and much more!

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The Legendary Steven Adler

First, I want to thank you for taking time out to talk with us once again. We caught up with a few years back, right around the time of your book release. We are super excited about Adler and all the hard work you all are putting in. We are looking forward to spreading the word!

Thank you for all your support!

I wanted to go back to the beginning and have you tell us a little about your first memories of music and how it came into your life?  

Believe it or not, when I was younger, I wanted to be a professional football player.  Then one day I saw KISS perform during their filming of “KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park”, and I decided right then, that I wanted to be a rock star.

As an artist, what do you find inspiring you the most these days?

I wake up every morning inspired by my new band and the opportunity to prove myself again.  I think we made a great record and I can’t wait for the whole world to hear it.

Your latest project is Alder’s ‘Back From The Dead’. What can you tell us about the decision to make the jump from Adler’s Appetite to Adler?

Well, “Adler’s Appetite” was more of a tribute to my Guns N’ Roses days.  We played mostly GNR tunes.  I guess it was simply time to move on and become relevant again.

Did you have any reservations about taking this challenge?  

It’s amazing how much confidence you have when you surround yourself with the right people.  I have an incredible team and feel like there is nothing we can’t do.

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Adler: Back From The Dead

What can you tell us about how you brought this impressive lineup together?

To be honest, once Lonny came into my life, it all came together.  He was the one who did all the foot work to put this band together.  He even brought in Jeff Pilson, who produced our record and Jay Ruston, who mixed it.  I feel blessed to have met such a great person, friend and band mate.  I feel the same about everyone involved.

What do each of these guys bring to the table for the project?

They are all well crafted at the instruments they play.  Jacob and Lonny are great song writers, and Johnny is my rhythm brother… he knows what I’m going to do before I do.  Jacob is the perfect front man… killer, original voice, looks, and performer… he’s the whole package.  A band of superstars and I feel lucky to play with all of them.

When you first starting out to make this record, what were your expectations?

I expected greatness, because I knew I had a great band.  I couldn’t be happier with the out come.  I absolutely love our record and can’t stop listening to it.

Was it a difficult process to find and give Adler a unique sound?

No, our sound came together naturally.  We just concentrated on writing and recording great songs.  Our “sound” just happened in the process… as it should be.  If you have to search for your sound, how genuine is it going to be?

Can you tell us a little about the songwriting process for this record and how you guys brought it to life?

Jacob and Lonny are the main song writers in the band.  They would bring songs to Jeff and me, then we would make changes, additions, or whatever we felt necessary to make them better.  Everyone is real open minded when it comes to the creative process, which is why I think the record came out so well.

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Jeff Pilson produced the record. What was the most intriguing part of working with him in that capacity?

Jeff was a God send!  What a talented producer, engineer, bass player, singer, and songwriter.  We consider him a fifth member of the band.

We had the opportunity to speak with Jacob last week. He is an amazing talent and a super nice guy. Do you remember the first time you encountered him as a singer and what made you think he was the perfect fit for the frontman role?  

Of course, I remember the first time I met Jacob.  He’s not the kind of person you forget.  I loved him from the start and knew he was the right singer to lead us to victory!

From start to finish, what was the biggest challenge in making ‘Back From The Dead’?

The only thing challenging was going home every night… we didn’t want to leave.  We had the times of our lives, and Jeff made the whole process effortless and enjoyable.

Did anything come up along the way that you might not have been expecting?

I didn’t expect to be so impressed with everyone.  I have an incredible team of superstars.

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Steven Adler

Slash came into the studio at one point to play guitar on “Just Don’t Ask.” How does working with him now differ from the early years in GNR?

When we first started in GNR, we were just kids and took things for granted.  Now I can appreciate how talented he is, and am fortunate to have someone who I admire still in my life after all these years.

The album album is solid all the way around and really rocks. What are your personal favorites from this album and why at this moment in time?  

Thank you.  I wish I could tell you what songs I like best, but the truth is, I absolutely love the whole record.  Each song compliments the next.  We didn’t just try to record “singles” we wanted a record people would want to listen to from start to finish… like a record should be.

What was the biggest lesson you learned as an artist from the process of working with this band and creating this new album?  

If you choose the right people to work with, everything falls into place.

You seem to be in a terrific place in the creative sense. What are your hopes for the future of the very promising band?

Thank you.  I hope to take this band to the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years from now.

We are catching you late in the year, so I am sure you are excited for the new year to kick off! What’s in store for us in 2013?

We plan to do a lot of touring, and if there is any time, we’ll be back in the recording studio.

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Steven Adler

It was recently announced that you would be auctioning off two plaques for Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary. What can you tell us about that and how you got involved with the cause?

I’ve always been a big advocate of protecting animals.  So I’ll always be there when I can to help!

Your autobiography was a great read. Have you given any thought to possibly doing another book of some sort in the future?

Thank you.  I don’t have any immediate plans to write another book, but you never know what tomorrow will bring!

What is the best part of being Steven Adler these days?  

I have a great new band and group of positive people in my life.  No one has any drug addictions or any kind of substance abuse problems.  It’s a wonderful new environment, and I have a reason to wake up every morning.

Anything you would like to say to the fans before I let you go?

Thank you for all the love and support, and for not giving up on me.

For all the latest music, news and tour dates for ADLER, visit the band’s official site at www.adlerrocks.com.

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Guns N’ Roses: W. Axl Rose Issues Letter To Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Guns N’ Roses: W. Axl Rose Issues Letter To Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Legendary rocker Guns N’ Roses will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 14th in Cleveland, Ohio. After months of speculation regarding what might happen at the April 14th ceremony in Cleveland, Axl Rose has made is intentions known — he will not be attending the big event and has declined the induction. Check out his letter below:

To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern, 

Axl Rose

When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N’ Roses were to be inducted it’d be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation. 

Since then we’ve listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N’ Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists’ comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts. 

Under the circumstances I feel we’ve been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N’ Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in “our” induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things… no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected. 

For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It’s their show not mine. 

That said, I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. 

I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of “Guns N’ Roses”. 

This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp’s perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I’m sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I’ll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don’t intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we’ve actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” scenario all the way around.

In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite or Illusion lineups, I’ve publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing’s changed. 

The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of “for the fans” or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and DJ Ashba. 

Izzy came out with us a few times back in ’06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in ’06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in ’11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that’s enough. 

There’s a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn’t room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion. 

Maybe if it were you it’d be different. Maybe you’d do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We’re there for each other when the going get’s rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can. 

So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn’t owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another’s, or in this case several others’, expense. 

But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the “no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn’t care about the fans” crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let’s move on. No one’s taking the ball and going home. Don’t get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we’ve endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court. 

In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I’d like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns’ induction. More importantly I’d like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we’ve had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N’ Roses music. 

I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!! 

Sincerely, 

Axl Rose 

P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III 

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Steven Adler Launches New Band, To Release New Album

Steven Adler Launches New Band, To Release New Album

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Former Guns N Roses drummer Steven Adler is proud to announce his new band Adler. The line-up features frontman Jacob Bunton (Lynam, Mars Electric), and Lonny Paul (Adler’s Appetite). “I love the music that we’re creating!” states Adler. “I haven’t been this excited about my band since the GNR days. Jacob is exactly the singer I have been searching for. He has an amazing range and is a great writer and frontman. Lonny is an amazing guitarist and songwriter and the vibe is amazing!”

The band is currently in a Los Angeles recording studio working on their debut album with producers Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner) and Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther, The Donna’s). The album feature a guest appearances from Adler’s former Guns N Roses band mate Slash. “I’m so excited for everyone to hear this record!” States Adler.

In 2010, Adler collaborated with Slash on the latter’s self-titled debut solo album, which scored the highest new entry on The Billboard 200 chart, with first-week U.S. sales of around 60,000 copies. He appeared on the track “Baby Can’t Drive”, along with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Alice Cooper and Nicole Scherzinger. The song was featured on an expanded edition of the album released by Classic Rock Magazine.

Slash, Adler, bassist Duff McKagan, singer Axl Rose and guitarist Izzy Stradlin will all be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next month in Cleveland, along with later Guns N Roses members, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Matt Sorum.

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