Classic Drummer Hall of Fame
Honoring Music's Most Influential Drummers
As voted by the readers of Classic Drummer Magazine
As a cofounding member of the iconic group Guns N’Roses, Steven Adler was there at the beginning of a ride that would see the band sell 100-million albums worldwide. He played on their record setting, number-1 debut album Appetite for Destruction, as well as their multi-platinum G N’ R Lies album. A fan favorite whose playing was integral to the group’s initial worldwide success, his unpredictable personal behavior and problems with drug addiction became a source of friction within the band and led a parting of ways in 1990 after 5 years with the group. When asked about the impact of Adler’s departure, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin was reported by Musician to say, “[Our songs] were written with Steve playing the drums and his sense of swing was the push and pull that give the songs their feel. When that was gone, it was just...unbelievable, weird. Nothing worked. I would have preferred to continue with Steve, but we'd had two years off and we couldn't wait any longer."
In 2012 Steven Adler was inducted as a member of Guns N’ Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was recently recognized by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Drummers in Rock”. In 2016, 26 years after his departure, he joined Guns N’ Roses on stage for a reunion and performed live during several shows on their Not in This Lifetime tour – much to G N’ R fans’ delight.