Steven Adler and Chip Z’Nuff Stop By

Rockers visit to promote the Guns N' Roses drummer's new book

July 27, 2010
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Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler stopped by promote his new memoir, “My Appetite for Destruction.” He was joined by Chip Z’Nuff, his bandmate, roommate, and Enuff Z’Nuff bassist.

Howard said he was always disappointed that Chip’s talents hadn’t garnered more success.

Steven thought it was because success was such a tough thing to come by in hard rock: “That’s why Guns N’ Roses was such a unique thing. Like Aerosmith or Queen.”

Steven’s Drug History

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Steven told the crew that he was still battling addiction: “To be honest, I’ve had–like all addicts–relapses. But I’m going on five months right now.”

Steven last slipped when he discovered Oxycontin, a prescription opiate so powerful it’s commonly known as “hillbilly heroin.” He said he started smoking weed at 11, something he didn’t think was unusual: “There’s a lot of masturbation, a lot drinking, and a lot of smoking going on at the age of 11.”

Steven’s mom eventually kicked him out the house at 11: “I wasn’t bad or wanted to hurt people. I was just young and wanted to experience life.”

His teen years were spent down on the Sunset Strip, learning to drum from watching bands and frequently fending off the clubs’ lecherous owners and patrons. “They gave me drugs and took advantage of me,” he said.

The Real Point of Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Howard noted a few of the groupie stories in Steven’s book, so Steven walked through his favorites, starting with a tour bus bender: “Let’s just say I had nine–I had sex with nine women with Steven Tyler in the back of a tour bus. One night.”

Steven said Tyler’s size intimidated him (“Believe me, Steven Tyler has a huge rig”), but he was still game: “It was like a pile of flesh in the back of the bus.”

Things were apparently only more debauched on the Guns N’ Roses tour bus. Sometimes Steven would find himself in a four-way with a girl, Slash, and Izzy Stradlin. Howard wondered how none of these incidents resulted in children, so Steven laughed that they always pulled out.