After what feels like a lifetime, I finally finished this book. This is the end of my zig-zag line of musician biographies. I think this one drained the crap out of me. Reading Slash and Duff McKagan’s books gave me somewhat of a warning to who Steven Adler was, and even my mom told me a bit in the beginning of Slash’s book. I didn’t think it was going to be that bad, but I was so totally wrong. All of the books I read before were bad with experiences of what they faced in their pasts, but I think this one topped them all. I’m still pretty shocked by what all this book had in it, but it was all I was looking for into reading these types of books.
Steven Adler has had one tough life, and I am surprised with everything I’ve read about he is still here. I’m glad he was so open to tell his story from start to finish, or in this case now. Talking about his past with his family, Gn’R, drugs, and women. Good god! In every book I read about anybody in the music industry, I have to take breaks. I usually take five-minute breaks to relax my leg since it likes to go to sleep on me, but apparently I needed one long break in between these chapters. Certain places were funny, and then there were places were you could cry. I had to stop myself a few times. I think I was in the middle of the book, and he hadn’t talked about drugs a lot and I had developed a thought, “when did you start the drugs during Guns N Roses?” Three pages later, I got my answer.
I can’t tell you how much it hurts to read somebody talking about the highs and the lows of this stuff does to you. I’ve told people in my family, when I was in school, all I was told if you smoked crack, heroin, or meth you would start to see things. Our health teacher said, little spiders would crawl on you. That was enough for me. I hate spiders and I definitely didn’t want to be seeing it while being high. I was smart by then, that’s all it took to scare me. Nowadays, kids don’t care. I think this should be one of the books kids need to read beforehand. It would scare the living hell out of them, but in a good way. I’m glad Steven has gotten cleaned up and enjoying life. I hope it stays that way for him. He needs things to stay good. I always have a problem with feeling sorry for people who do stuff that know they’re just going to get hurt from it, but with reading this book I couldn’t help myself. He might’ve pissed me off a few times, but he certainly got to me. It’s always the drummers!
I’m really hoping tomorrow is a good day for me. I’m suppose to be getting my book in the mail, I’ve been waiting for this book for a while now. We had to redo the order after waiting four days, my mom went on her email Friday morning while I was still asleep and found out she had to redo everything because the order or card didn’t go through. Nice! I woke up that morning like every morning hoping my book would come in that day so I wasn’t on the internet all day long. When mom told me I was pissed! But yet my gut was telling me something was wrong about that anyways, I just didn’t bother listening to it. So she came in my room after I got done eating my lunch and showed me how they track where it is at each day. Which I thought was pretty cool! She told me I could still buy a Kindle book, but after Thursday afternoon of finding certain ones but only thinking the book I ordered, I just said to myself I’ll wing it for a few days. If my book doesn’t come in tomorrow I’ll be very angry.
After I read Duff’s book, I had all this confidence that I could really do these drawings, and get them all done. Well then after a few days I went from really good self-confidence to back to all these bad thoughts. The doubts came swinging back. Between the withdrawal of not reading anything for a few days and the doubts, it wasn’t a good combination. So I decided to ask mom about ordering an actual book with my Amazon gift card I got for Christmas. It was one of the last cards that lasted a lot longer than any card I’ve ever gotten. Anyways, my original plan was to order This Is Gonna Hurt and get on Kindle edition Steven Adler’s book. That was my actual plan, but apparently my mom only heard of one book come out of my mouth. The card I had was a $15 gift card. Between both books I’d need about two cards just to get these books. We ordered Nikki’s book and I didn’t bother asking for the Kindle book because I didn’t think it would take this long to come in.
I know I’m not done with this little web of “musician” biographies yet. Everytime I go on Amazon, I automatically end up there. After this book, I got to get Steven Adler and Tommy Lee’s books on my Kindle. Then afterwards go to a book store or order The Dirt, the confession book by the members of Motley Crue. After that book I’ll be done. It’s like a series, you know the characters (members) from the other books, different stories and struggles, and different beginnings. I still can’t get a good answer to explain why I’m only reading books by the members of both Gn’R and Motley Crue. I definitely couldn’t answer that question, I still stumble on my words when somebody asks me. I wish I had an answer, I can say they’re very good! I can’t wait to get back into routine. Cross your fingers and toes for me!
I’m a fan of so many things it’s crazy sometimes, however I don’t react the same way like everybody else does. When it comes to like the smaller things that I like, I tend to be a little bit more excited about. The bigger things, it just depends on my mood for that day. About 95% of the time, when it comes to celebrities of any kind. I don’t fangirl a lot. And you can ask some of the Linkin Park fans that I follow, they’ll tell you I rarely go crazy about anything that has to do with celebrities, mostly musicians. When I do go crazy, it’s usually gone within an hour or so. I don’t like to fangirl as much. I think its overrated. People talking about their favorite celebrities is one thing, but going absolutely nuts over them is dumb! I must admit though, when I do let go of my little wall I put up to guard myself from even going too insane, it’s building itself back up.
Now telling you, I have to tell you this. Last night was pretty interesting. Since getting into Sixx:A.M., Motley Crue, and kind of Guns N Roses, I’ve been trying to follow more fans from each band. Luckily, a bunch love all three so I tend to get lucky. My first social network site I started finding a bunch was on Tumblr. Weird part is, my Tumblr likes to be a jerk everytime I try to get on it. It wants to freeze up and I have to exit out that tab and start a new one. Anyways, I like talking to them, and I also love their pictures they either post themselves or reblog, I’ve noticed that I’ve been reblogging lots of just DJ Ashba stuff. Not really complaining since in every picture I’ve blogged he’s drop dead gorgeous! Sorry, but true! Anyways, they’re a lot of fun!
Something I’ve noticed over the past month is that there is a different age pool between these three bands. I think most are my age and up. Which is nice, because being a fan of Linkin Park on Twitter, there’s like four or six of us who are not in our teens anymore and the rest of us are around 15-17 years of age. Not a big gap. With these three bands so far, I’ve met around three teenagers and the rest are my age and probably about their 30s, depending on who will tell their age. They’re an interesting bunch of people and again, like with Tumblr most of my new Twitter friends are Ashba fans. So they tend to be very nutty, and that can go either way. They’re fun to talk to. You definitely won’t regret it that’s for sure!
I haven’t blogged about music, in general for a while. So let’s break that and talk about these amazing songs I have been obsessed with over the past few days. I was thinking of doing a Top 5, but it might turn into a Top 10 instead. I don’t think I’ve listened to that many songs recently, but I could be wrong. For Christmas, I got both Sixx:A.M. “This Is Gonna Hurt” and Nickelback’s “Here And Now” and I’m not going to lie, I’ve had both of them on repeat on my iPod since. So some of the songs from both albums are on this list as well. The rest I found at random, because I get curious when I’m bored and usually around those times I’m liable to listen to anything. So here we go! (These are in random order!)