In a new interview with “The Vanflip Podcast,” Willie Adler said that he hasn’t spoken to his brother, former LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler, for quite some time following Chris‘s departure from the band.
When asked how his brother is doing, Willie said: “You would have to ask him… I would like to think that he’s doing well, and I really want him to be doing well. I just haven’t talked to him. I really want him to be doing well.”
“I mean, he’s my brother, so we have sh*t that nobody else has,” he continued. “And till the day we both die, we’ll always have that bond. But at the same time, LAMB OF GOD is bigger than any one dude, and to do what’s best for LAMB OF GOD and where we are now, I think we did what’s best for LAMB OF GOD and where the band is currently.”
Chris officially parted ways with LAMB OF GOD In July 2019, and has been replaced with Art Cruz, who has previously played with PRONG and WINDS OF PLAGUE.
Chris spoke about his departure earlier this year in an interview with Australia’s AndrewHaug.com: “I think everybody parted on good terms. I’m really excited to hear their new record. So I’m thrilled to hear what’s going on with them. I’m sure they’re doing very well.
“I left my drum throne in good hands with Art, who has been a friend,” he continued. “I think I met Art when he was 17 years old — I’ve got a picture of me and him standing outside the bus when he stood there waiting for an autograph. So he and I have been friends for a long time. And, obviously, the guys in the band are not only family, but became great friends over 25 years. And it was quite a career that we had. It didn’t end — I don’t think anybody from either side would say it ended really particularly well in that I think we all hoped and dreamed and wanted all the same thing but just couldn’t seem to get ourselves on the same page, for whatever reason.
“As much as I loved doing what I was doing, it certainly seems like it was kind of a good time to maybe step away,” Chris continued. “And I think everybody wins in that regard. And I wish the best for them, and I’m sure they do… You have to speak to them — I’m not sure — but I hope they do for me.
“I didn’t leave because I didn’t want to be involved with music or play the drums,” he added. “I didn’t leave the band because I was wanting to do something too heavy or too light or anything like that. It was just kind of a mutual crossroads… The shoe didn’t fit anymore on either side. I’m happy to have had been a part of it. I think if I was [still] in that band, I would be pushing even further than what we’ve ever done before.”