Chris Adler: Relationship With Brother Willie ‘Weird’ After Lamb of God Split
Over the summer, Lamb of God officially parted ways with longtime drummer Chris Adler. It would be months before Adler would issue a formal statement himself and now he's opened up about how it has impacted his relationship with his brother and former bandmate Willie Adler.
Throughout rock and metal's history, there have been plenty of sibling guitarist and drummer duos — Eddie and Alex Van Halen, Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, Lzzy and Arejay Hale, Max and Igor Cavalera — but the duo in Lamb of God has fractured with Chris now on the outs. Speaking on the radio program "Elliott in the Morning," the drummer admitted that things are "weird" but "friendly" between he and his guitarist brother Willie Adler.
Though the two started the band together, he said, "I wouldn't call it a family business, but it's kind of a cottage industry that we've put together, and it's just unfortunate that we weren't able to see eye-to-eye on it."
"It is," he added when asked if things are still friendly between him and his brother. Chris confessed that bonds between family members are different than standard friendships, noting, "You know, it's blood. It's kind of one of those things, and not that this is the case, but with family, there is a level of disrespect that's somehow tolerated, [where] it wouldn't be with friends or whatever. And I don't think there's any real disrespect going on here in either direction. So, yeah, we're gonna be fine."
As for his other Lamb of God bandmates, Chris felt they had all "explored our friendships to the fullest" after spending 26 years together.
In his statement discussing his exit from the band, one point Chris made was that he was "unwilling to paint by numbers." On the radio, he was pressed if this meant that Lamb of God were not pushing themselves in a creative sense and he refuted that notion.
"I didn't necessarily mean that at all," Chris affirmed. "In fact, everybody in the band [are] very, very creative people and I'm sure the new music's gonna be great," he followed up, continuing, "They're pushing the boundaries of the genre, and I have no doubt that it's gonna be awesome. What I meant was that I had a dream when I was 14 years old, and I've been very fortunate to go around the world several times, and we've played the arenas, we've had the headline slots, we've kind of done everything there is to do, and I just don't really feel the need to continue to do it and miss time from my family."
Despite splitting with Lamb of God, putting down the drumsticks for good is not an option that's on the table. Chris Adler is part of an all-star band, Hail!, which performs cover songs of rock and heavy metal classics. "No, I'm definitely not stopping [playing drums]. I absolutely love playing the drums. I do two things well, and one of them is drums, so I'm sticking with it, for sure."
He's keeping his options open to whatever opportunities come next and reflected, "I just don't need to spend six months a year playing the same places I have for the past 20 years."
One of the projects on deck is a thematic album about the 1970s era of the NFL's Oakland Raiders, who will be relocating to Las Vegas next season.
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