Chris Adler Offers Clarity On Lamb Of God Exit: "We've Done Everything"
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
October 30, 2019
Drummer Chris Adler's recent parting of ways with his band of over 20 years, Lamb of God, have indeed put a strain on his relationship with his brother, LoG guitarist Willie Adler.
Chris was part of the first iteration of the band, which formed in 1994, while his younger brother Willie joined up in 1999. Chris stopped touring with Lamb of God in 2018 and the band confirmed it was moving on with Art Cruz in Chris' place this past July.
"[I]t's just unfortunate that we weren't able to see eye-to-eye on it," he said.
Chris issued a lengthy statement last week addressing his departure from the band. When asked what he meant by saying he was "unwilling to paint by numbers," the drummer insisted that he wasn't saying his former band mates were repeating themselves musically.
"I didn't necessarily mean that, no, at all," Chris explained. "In fact, everybody in the band [are] very, very creative people, and I'm sure the new music is going to be great. They're pushing the boundaries of the genre and I have no doubt that it's going to be awesome."
He continued: "What I meant was, I had a dream when I was 14 years old, and I've been very fortunate to go around the world several times. We've played the arenas, we've had the headline slot. 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."
Chris insisted that he's not retiring from playing drums, he has a new project in the works — a "1970s Oakland Raiders theme-based album" based around defensive end Lyle Alzado — and is open to whatever other opportunities come his way.
"I just don't need to spend six months a year, playing the same places I have for the past 20 years," he added.
This year alone, Chris has performed live in Russia, Asia and the Middle East both for solo drum clinics and with various groups.
Regarding the rest of Lamb of God, Chris says he doesn't have much to say to the band after 20 years. He added that since he and Willie are brothers, they'll "be fine."
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