Steven Adler was born on January 22, 1965 in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Los Angeles with his mother Deanna and older brother Kenny, as a young child. His mother re-married to Melvin Adler and had another child, Jamie. Steven's older brother also had a child, Steven's nephew, Max Adler. Steven was born into the Jewish faith and has some Icelandic heritage.
Guns N' Roses era
Adler met future GN'R guitarist Slash at the age of twelve at their school in California after Steven had a skateboarding accident. The two became fast friends, and as Slash took up guitar, Steven took up drums (he played guitar before meeting Slash) in order to form a band (albeit missing some components), Road Crew. The two placed an ad in a newspaper searching for a bassist, resulting in Guns N'20Roses bassist Duff McKagan, not only responding to the ad, but introducing the two to Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin, who were the only original members remaining from their band Guns N' Roses, with other original members, lead guitarist, Tracii Guns, bassist Ole Beich, and drummer Rob Gardner.
The three joined Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin to create the most famous and "original" line-up of Guns N' Roses. Adler drummed on the first three GN'R albums: their 1986 EP Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide, the multi-platinum Appetite for Destruction and G N' R Lies. Adler's work also appeared on one song on Use Your Illusion II, the opening track "Civil War".
In 1990, as the band recorded "Civil War" for Nobody's Child, an album benefiting the Romanian Angel Appeal.] In April 1990, he performed with Guns N' Roses at Farm Aid IV in Indiana. It would be his last appearance with the band. He was formally fired on July 11th, 1990, during the recording of the Use Your Illusion I & Use Your Illusion II albums, and replaced with Matt Sorum.
Post-Guns N´ Roses era
In 1991, Adler formed a new version of his old band, Road Crew.
In 2003, he=2 0started the band Adler's Appetite, featuring Members of RATT, L.A GUNS, Love/Hate and Slash's Snakepit and released a self-titled EP. Steven was also featured on an episode of VHI's The Surreal Life: Fame Games as a judge for a hotel crashing challenge.
Adler appears to have repaired his relationships with most of his former Guns N' Roses band mates. In 2005, he played a one-off show with Izzy and Slash at the Key Club in Los Angeles. In September 2006 Adler attended a GN'R show in Las Vegas and spoke to Axl Rose for the first time in over a decade.
In 2007 Adler's Appetite celebrated the 20th anniversary of Appetite for Destruction and were joined onstage at The Key Club by Duff and Izzy.
2008 saw Adler become a household name by staring in the the hit VH1 series "Celebrity Rehab" and "Sober House". As well as multiple appearances on Dr. Drew's "Loveline" as well as presenting an award at the at the 2009 POLLSTAR awards.
Upon completion of these shows, Steven decided to re-vamp "Adler's Appetite" with the end result being what both fans and critics have called the strongest line-up of the band ever Consisting of veteran and platinum selling artist Chip Z'Nuff (Enuff Z'Nuff), and guitarists Alex Grossi (Quiet Riot) and Michael Thomas (Faster Pussycat). The band made it's debut to a capacity crowd at THE KEY CLUB on January 17th 2009 to rave reviews. With a U.S. tour already on the books the re-energized Adler's Appetite is ready to roll.