Guns N’ Roses Reportedly Had Doubts About Steven Adler, Axl Rose Made Surprising Offer


MyGNRForum Guns N’ Roses rumor insider Eddie Money has responded to Steven Adler’s new interview with Mitch Lafon where he claimed he was originally supposed to be touring with Guns N’ Roses on a full time basis for the Not In This Lifetime tour.

“From what I have heard, Steven nor Izzy [Stradlin] were invited for anything more than guest roles in the first place. They were going to have Steven at the Troubadour, Vegas, Coachella, and Mexico City in opening and closing slots. When they all met at rehearsals, nobody believed Steven could play full shows.

Axl [Rose] had told Slash, Duff [McKagan], Beta [Lebeis]/Del [James] that it was okay to invite Steven down to rehearse with the understanding that Frank would play the majority of the shows and that Axl had to agree to Duff/Slash’s recommendation of where they should let him play. So I guess Steven doesn’t seem to be lying but just exaggerating and stretching the truth a bit. The interview makes it seem like he was in for the entire tour and that he would play as much if not more than frank.”

Original Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler discussed his involvement in the Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime tour in a new interview with Mitch Lafon. Note that Adler had complimentary things to say about all of his former Guns N’ Roses bandmates, and even current members, and generally had a positive but candid tone throughout the interview. Alternative Nation transcribed Adler’s comments.

“The understanding was I was going to do all the Appetite, the live, and three or four of the Use Your Illusions songs, and then Frank [Ferrer], who is a wonderful awesome guy, he was going to do like the Chinese Democracy stuff and a couple of the other songs. I was going to start it, he was going to come in the middle, and I was going to end it, and I was cool with that. Even a psychic 9 years ago in Australia I talked to, she said, ‘You’re going to be back with them, but you’re going to share the stage.’ I went, ‘That’s cool, as long as it’s not Matt Sorum, I’m fine.’ Boom! Just kidding Matt, I love you (laughs).”

He added, “That would have been cool. I was ready to do the Troubadour show. Like I said, I had been playing like 25 songs twice a day for almost two years, every day, so I was ready to go. Then the second rehearsal, I came into the rehearsal in March, and fuckin’ second day, I just stretched, all I did was stretch. I pulled my arm and went ow. I went, I just did something. Then we played another 7 songs, and then my back was really sore, and I came home at about 8 at night, then by midnight I couldn’t even stand up. It was just terrible.

I was out for two weeks, and then I got the epidural after about a week, and then I had the surgery. I was ready when they did the Troubadour show, and Duff called me and said, ‘Dude, you’re not going to play with us anymore, you’re not going to do these shows.’ I went, ‘You’re the worst fucking person in the world,’ and I hung up on him. I called him back and left a message saying, ‘I’m so sorry I said that.’ When I said he was the worst person in the world, I didn’t mean he was, I was thinking I was the worst person in the world. I couldn’t even get back with my fuckin’ guys after they gave me this opportunity, but I said it to him. When you have resentment you say things that you’re feeling, and I was feeling it about me, and I said it about him. I couldn’t apologize to him enough, because he knows I love him more than anything. Obviously I got to apologize, because we did shows together, and he understood.”

  • doomedby2020

    He was a capable drummer back in his day. Drugs made it hard to do his thing, meanwhile the rest of the addicts could squeeze by and still play their instruments.
    The band should have tried to work with him a bit more…no wait, Axl had already taken over the band, demanded the rights to the name, destroyed what was left this “band”.
    Here comes Sorum, thrown into the fray of chaos, his drum tracks do the job but sound like a frightened studio drummer doing what he’s told.{im a big fan of Sorum btw, great work on the Cult album}
    Huge difference between both Civil War versions, with Adler’s giving that classic GnR sound.
    Adler is old, had a stroke, definitely not as experienced nor jaded as the rest. But who cares, its the Axl Rose band and has been since the 90’s.
    I had personally hoped to see Axl crumble into a fat pile of regret by now. What shame Slash and others have crawled back into his arms…..then again, they are old too, been away for a long time, and Axl holds all the keys to their past.

  • John an English Fan

    The original drummer and a major reason why Appetite for Destruction was such a success due to his unique Swing style. Guns n’ Roses haven’t come close to the brilliance of that album and the reason is blatantly obvious, leaving Adler and Izzy out. Get those guys back in the line up whatever it takes and then we’ll see a truly magical revival, one to top them all, possibly matching or exceeding what we witnessed back in the day. Come on guys let’s do this properly, for your fans.