Adler, The Whisky, July 10, 2015
It was a Friday night in West Hollywood at the world famous Whisky on the Sunset Strip, and what better way for a rock fan to spend the evening than rediscovering the one and only Adler. Fans of Guns N’ Roses, the curious and the tourists all were in attendance to witness legendary drummer Steven Adler and his band blow the roof off the Sunset Strip iconic nightclub. After a horde of opening bands warming up the room for greater glories ahead, Adler took to the Whisky stage at the stroke of midnight and proceeded to enrapture the room with their own brand of wildly infectious rock and roll.
Opening with the triumphant refrains of the title cut from their debut album Back From The Dead, one noticed right away the rock solid drum playing of Steven Adler. Appearing to be in tip-top shape and ready to take on the world at large, throughout the set Steven Adler took over the microphone and expressed his sincere gratitude to friends and fans for their love and support – and that was when he wasn’t demonstrating why he’s considered one of the greatest drummers on the planet. The Whisky was packed to the rafters, as it was Adler’s first Hollywood show in over two years, and the band delivered a rock and roll performance that legends are made of!
The songs contained within Back From The Dead were incredible in a live setting. From the dazzling My Own Worst Enemy to wondrously emotional power ballad Waterfall, it was clear that Adler had not only the striking tunes, but the exhilarating musicianship to back it all up. Jacob Bunton is an extremely charismatic front man, and really knows how to connect with an audience. Also a member of Birmingham, Alabama-based collective Lynam, the tall front man Bunton unleashed the vocals with a sense of passion and conviction. Guitarist Lonny Paul – also from Lynam as well as Adler’s Appetite – shreded into oblivion and back with his dynamic axe work. Supplying the pulsating low end was Johnny Martin on bass, working extremely well with Steven Adler to create a sonically tight rhythm section.
Those showing to heard classic Guns N’ Roses songs were in for a real treat as Anything Goes, Rocket Queen, and Mr. Brownstone had each and every audience member in the very packed room singing along. It was very late when the set arrived to its conclusion, but no one wanted this rocking party to come to an end. And Adler did not disappoint, reemerging onstage with a rollicking rendition of the Guns N’ Roses classic Welcome To The Jungle – a very appropriate song that sent the Whisky Sunset Strip throngs into stratospheric hard rocking bliss.
Adler has returned and they are ready and willing to rock your world! Be sure to check out Back From The Dead and do not miss this band the next time they show up to set the night on fire in your town.
(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)
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