Chris Adler is a chill fucking dude. Every time I have spoken with the man, he’s exuded confidence and insouciance. You’d think the drummer of one of metal’s most beloved bands would’ve let it get to his head by now, but not Chris. The Lamb of God drummer stays grounded, and likely has his family to thank for that.
Lamb of God’s Chris Adler is more than just a drum-punishing musician loved the world over. First and foremost, Chris is a father and a husband — a family man who, when not on the road, treasures the precious time he has with his loved ones.
The band’s tour this summer with Decapitated, Terror and the Acacia Strain will require Adler leave his life in Richmond, so that Lamb of God can live in a tour bus for a couple of months, playing shows for thousands of bellowing fans.
But when he’s not touring or recording with the band, Adler’s Mr. Mom, and revels in the experience that is being a father to a fast-growing little girl. He even gets involved in his child’s school, and recently tried to raise awareness to issues affecting his local school district.
“That’s pretty metal of me, huh?,” Adler joked to Gun Shy Assassin. “Part of Richmond doesn’t have representation on the school board and is not given a choice of what school they want to go to, despite factors like location, distance from the school, safety of the school or test results. So it makes a lot of people in that part of town send their kids to private schools, and that’s money that could be going into the city, in different ways.”
So Adler became involved, to try to keep students enrolled in the public school system.
“We wanted the district to open things up, and let parents choose where they want their kids to go,” Adler says. “The city can benefit from that spending power.”
Sure, this may not be all that interesting to those without kids. But the point I am trying to convey here is, despite his busy schedule being in one of the world’s busiest bands, Adler still finds time to be a great dad.
“I’ve been doing these drum workshops with the kids at my daughter’s preschool, and we’re talking to other schools in the area about doing drum clinics for kids, especially since music programs are suffering,” Adler explains.
“It would be nice to get in there and show kids that school is not all about math and science and stuff like that. If you want to dress funny and play drums, you can do that, too,” Adler jokes.
When he visits his daughter’s school for drum clinics, it ends up being more fun for Chris than it is for the kids.
“The kids love it, and I have a blast too because, they’re little kids — at that age, they’re amazing and so funny,” he says.
“The kids flip out when I visit; they love it,” Adler continues. “I let them play on my kit, and we sing songs. It’s a lot of fun for me, and I am a very proud and happy father. My daughter has reminded me of how great things can be in life, where I was getting a little old and jaded.”
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