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Ex-GN'R drummer Steven Adler to Celebrity Rehab

Steven Adler fights his demons. And you can watch!
Steven Adler fights his demons. And you can watch!

Eighteen years after he was fired from Guns N' Roses for excessive drug use, drummer Steven Adler is finally checking into rehab - TV's Celebrity Rehab, that is.

On the fourth season of the VH-1 series, Adler will attempt toget clean under the tutelage of Dr Drew Pinsky and actor Gary Busey.

As on previous seasons, Adler will participate in a behavior modification program and take part in group therapy with other drug-and-alcohol-plagued celebrities. And this next batch is a colorful gang indeed: Grease star Jeff Conaway, Rod Stewart's son Sean, former Whitesnake video vixen Tawny Kitaen, and Rodney King (whose 1991 beating by Los Angeles police led to deadly rioting).

VH-1 hasn't specified what substance (or substances) problem Adler is seeking treatment for. In 1996 he suffered a stroke after taking a speedball of heroin and cocaine.

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.