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Adler vows to beat bottle

Former Guns n’ Roses drummer Steven Adler has been sober for 10 months – and says he’s aiming for a year away from drink before he goes back to work.

He’s been fighting addiction issues for years with varying results. His self-titled band cancelled all engagements in May last year, when he checked himself into a rehab clinic.

He said at the time: “I picked up a bottle and drank. This occurred a few times – and that’s a few times too many. Picked up the phone before it got out of hand, to get help. I kicked hard drugs several years ago and now it’s time to get rid of alcohol.”

Now Adler – who was fired from GnR in 1990 over his heroin use – tells the Lucas H Gordon Show: “Right now I’m just taking care of myself. I’ve been having these problems with alcohol and I’m taking care of it.

“I have a nice programme I’m working and I’m looking forward to having one year. Then next year I’m going to start work and get the band back together.”

He aims to get behind 2012 album Back From The Dead when he’s back in action. “I’m looking forward to going out and playing again,” he says. “Having a new life is exciting.”

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.