Steven Adler discussed not performing with Guns N’ Roses at the Troubadour in a new LA Weekly interview with Art Tavana.
“It was hurtful. I was very bummed, but my back was fine at the time; it was just too many rehearsals. But I wanted to do it, and I guess it wasn’t meant to be. But I’m thankful. Last year I got to play in front of at least 400,000 thousand people, so I’m blessed.”
He added that he’s happy he did get to have some reunion performances with the band, “I’m thankful I got to do what I got to do. It was the best time of my life. I got to end my career in a successful band, which is hard thing to do these days. My generation is now classic rock, so I’m stoked to be related to bands like Queen or Rush or Aerosmith. That’s what every musician dreams of. Like on the way here, me and my mom got in the car, and the first thing we heard [on the radio] was ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and it’s so cool to be able to hear yourself 30 years later. I got to live that dream.”
He also discussed his future plans, “Nothing is planned [regarding Guns N’ Roses]. But I want to open a 180 retreat to help people with resentment and addiction problems based on The Four Agreements. It’s a great book by Don Miguel Ruiz, and it basically changed my life. It helped me get back to being the happy-go-lucky person I was before I had this abusive relationship with life.”