A night with Adler’s Appetite @ the Voodoo Lounge in KC, MO

Adler’s Appetite Voodoo Lounge, Kansas City, MO 5-29-11 Steven Adler was the drummer for Guns N’ Roses from 1985 to 1990 and played on their epic debut album Appetite for Destruction. Adler has also written an auto-biography aptly title My Appetite for Destruction: Sex and Drugs, and Guns N’ Roses which chronicled his tumultuous past with substance abuse, stints in rehab and his firing from Guns N’ Roses. But after having a mild stroke and stints on the rehab shows Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and Sober House, he is clean, healthy, and focused on his own band, Adler’s Appetite. Adler’s Appetite was formed in 2003 and has seen many lineup changes, with the current being Steven on drums, Patrick Stone on vocals, Chip Z’Nuff on bass, and Michael Thomas and Lonny Paul on guitars. They recently completed a tour of Europe with many sold-out shows and have now switched their focus to the U.S. This brought them to the Voodoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino in Kansas City, MO. The Voodoo Lounge is a very nice club, comparable to the House of Blue’s but on a slightly smaller scale. They hit the stage around 10:30 and started the show with Reckless Life, the first of many Guns N’ Roses songs which were mixed in with original material. I had interviewed Steven and Chip prior to the show, and they said that whether they are playing to a huge crowd or just a few people that they perform as if to a stadium. And they weren’t kidding. The band was tight and energetic and feverishly ripped through song after song. Steven really needs to keep this lineup together, as talented as they all are. Patrick Stone in particular is a great singer and performer, who immediately had rapport with the audience, and slithered his slender body around better than Axl Rose ever did. I was on the side of the stage with Michael Thomas on guitar and he also put on quite the show with his talking guitar and tight riffs. Behind all of this was Steven, drumming his heart out with a huge smile on his face for the entire show. The crowd was having a great time as well, singing along to all of the Guns N’ Roses songs but also to the bands originals. Some of the real highlights of the evening were Out Ta Get Me, Mr. Brownstone, Knockin’ on Heavens Door, Sweet Child O’Mine, Alive and Paradise City, with Patrick leaning down into the crowd and putting the microphone down so that fans could sing along with the chorus. The show ended all too soon with introductions of the band members, guitar and bass solos and an incredible version of Welcome to the Jungle. I’ve not seen the current touring version of Guns N’ Roses, but I cannot imagine that they hold a candle to Adler’s Appetite. This is a hungry band out to please fans and put their all into their performances. I anxiously await them releasing new material as it is bound to be some stellar rock and roll. After the band finished they came to the merch table and greeted fans, signed autographs and took pictures with everyone who wanted one. I congratulated Steven on the great show and he hugged me tight and gave me a kiss on the cheek. I am truly happy for him that he has beaten his personal demons and is back on the road with his band and wish him and his band the greatest success! Set List Reckless Life Nightrain Out Ta Get Me My Michelle Stardog Mr. Brownstone Knockin’ on Heavens Door Rocket Queen Anything Goes You’re Crazy Sweet Child O’Mine Alive Paradise City Welcome to the Jungle

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