Drummer Steven Adler recruits American Idol singer Constantine Maroulis to front Adler’s Appetite
Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler was recently interviewed by Billboard and spoke about recruiting singer Constantine Maroulis who has appeared in American Idol and Rock of Ages to front Adler’s Appetite.
The following are excerpts from the Billboard article:
“The pair met up after their managers suggested they try playing together, and to hear Maroulis tell it, they became fast friends, which has led to an upcoming live debut at the famed Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles on May 10 and then a 10-date tour of Australia in late May and plans for summer festival appearances and a longer fall tour. “It quickly reminded me that I was playing in a room with someone from GN’R, which was humbling, for sure,” Maroulis says about the pair’s first sessions together.
After coming in sixth place on the fourth season of Idol in 2005 and going on to Broadway fame in the metal-themed Rock of Ages and Jekyll and Hyde, Maroulis has emerged as a true rock renaissance man, capable of interpreting a wide range of rock classics with a variety of interpretive acts, from Postmodern Jukebox to ’80s cover band Jessie’s Girl….
“I’m finally working with a real superstar again,” says Adler, who was famously booted from GN’R in 1990 due to his addiction issues, which plagued him for years; Maroulis says Adler has been clean for five years. “I call him ‘Casanova‘ because he’s so goddamn sexy,” Adler shouts in his signature excited, slightly slurred voice over an incessant beeping on his phone that he can’t figure out how to mute. “Because he dresses so nice. I wish I was his size so I could double my wardrobe! … He flew up to New York and within five minutes I wanted to kick his fuckin’ ass! And within 10 minutes I fell in love with him!”….
“The crux of it will be celebrating the Guns N’ Roses catalog with a new take. … They’re out there playing stadiums, and really Steven should be in the band,” Maroulis says about the reunited GN’R, who’ve been hitting arenas and stadiums around the globe for the smash Not in This Lifetime tour since 2015 with original bassist Duff McKagan, guitarist Slash and keyboard player Dizzy Reed and a handful of other new members, but, pointedly, not Adler. “We’re out to prove we sound great and his presence is sorely missed in the big band as well.” Adler did sit in with GN’R for a few songs in July 2016 but has otherwise not been invited to rejoin the band.”
You can read the rest of the article / interview with Adler and Maroulis at Billboard.