Guns N' Roses members, past and present, stay busy

Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:46pm EDT
 
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By Gary Graff

DETROIT (Billboard) - It's not hard to get a Guns N' Roses fix these days, whether from members past or present.

The current incarnation of GN'R, led by singer Axl Rose, has just announced an appearance on August 13 at the Rock 'N Rev Festival in Sturgis, S.D., the group's first big U.S. concert in four years.

Former Guns guitarist Slash is promoting his self-titled first solo album with a world tour that hits southeast Asia starting on July 29 and continues through Japan and Australia before touching down in North America on August 28 at the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles.

"Not to sound cliche, but it's a pretty kick-ass rock band, and more high-energy than most," Slash, who has Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy fronting the group, tells Billboard.com.

Slash, who recently partnered with Epiphone for a limited edition "Appetite" Les Paul guitar model, plans to keep touring until the summer of 2011.

Also on the road is former Guns drummer Steven Adler and his new band, Adler's Appetite, which is promoting its first single, "Good to Be Alive," as well as his new autobiography, "My Appetite For Destruction: Sex & Drugs & Guns N' Roses."

"It's so healing, getting all those things out of my system," says Adler, who was fired from the band in 1990 and battled severe drug addiction, even suffering a stroke, before reaching his current state of sobriety.

"You can't take 30 years of pain and all that stuff and just get rid of it immediately, but at least I'm starting to get it out and I'm starting to become my own person again. I wasted so much of my life, it's great to have survived and be living again."

Former Guns bassist Duff McKagan, who played with Slash and Adler's replacement Matt Sorum in Velvet Revolver, is busy writing new material with Jane's Addiction. McKagan, who released a solo album last year, has played a few shows with Jane's Addiction, most recently a sweaty Sunset Strip gig at the Roxy on July 2.