Ex-ADLER'S APPETITE Singer Says STEVEN ADLER Is Playing 'Sympathy Card' With SLASH And IZZY

"The Classic Metal Show" conducted an interview with ex-ADLER'S APPETITE vocalist Sheldon Tarsha Saturday night (July 28) just prior to his show at the Roxy; playing head-to-head against Steven Adler's show the same night where GUNS N' ROSES members Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin popped up on stage to peform with ADLER'S APPETITE. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

On Steven Adler's business practices:

"Steven lost control of his life a long time ago, and he's lost even more control of it now. The problem is that he can't control himself, so he looks to the people around him to tell him what to do, to tell him how to think, to tell him what he should do. That's the problem right now. He screws people over based on the information he's getting from the people that are supporting him…or not supporting him. He's like a puppet. He has the name. He has the fame. He has the money, and he's easily influenced by whoever is closest to him. That's really what I think is going on right now."

On how Steven Adler continues to get attention:

"Steven has figured out how to use his fame to get whatever he wants. 'I'm the drummer of GUNS N' ROSES. I'll take care of you.' He promises you the world, and then when it comes right down to it, he pulls it back and he doesn't keep his word. He gets away with it. Does he have a bad heart? I don't think so. He's learned how to get his way over the years. He's stretched his credit beyond the limits of what I think the credit is worth, honestly."

On why Slash, Izzy and Duff would help Steven Adler out:

"The greatest thing going on right now in the Adler camp is that he's playing the sympathy card with Slash and Izzy; getting these guys to come down and pop up on stage with him. It just gives Steven more ammunition to use that fame card to manipulate people and get people to do his bidding and do what he wants them to do. They feel like there's this chance that GUNS N' ROSES could reunite, 'and I want to be in Steven.' I don't know those guys (Izzy, Slash, Duff) personally, but I know people that know them very well. Knowing Steven for so long, I kind of get the gist of it. Those guys — they kind of feel sorry for Steven. He got himself kicked out of GUNS N' ROSES because he has his own attitude problem, and obviously substance abuse issues. You know, they just kind of feel sorry for him. Those guys have had really cool lives. Slash — look at him. He's an American icon. He kind of feels bad for his bro that he went to junior high school with. They started the dream together, and now Steven is just scraping the bottom of the barrel. Slash is riding high with his brand new band and doing all this big time stuff. He just wants to kind of dish out some charity for him."

To hear the complete interview, click here (Real Media).

"The Classic Metal Show" airs live Saturdays between 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. EST at www.cmsradionetwork.com.

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