Steven Adler Hints He May Have Been Muzzled By Guns N’ Roses, Was It A Legal Threat?


Steven Adler was very open about his disappointing experience with Guns N’ Roses on their ‘Not In This Lifetime’ tour in some interviews a few weeks ago with Mitch Lafon and Eddie Trunk, but it appears he now may have been muzzled.

When Adler got on the phone with Rolling Stone a few weeks later, he was less willing to share anything about Guns N’ Roses. “I had the best experience last year playing with them last year,” he says. “I wish Izzy [Stradlin] was there, but it was so great since I finally got to have some closure. It was wonderful. I don’t have nothing else to say about it. I’m really sorry. That’s all I can tell you. There’s nothing to say. I literally, literally honest to god literally, I can’t even tell you why I can’t tell you any more. Literally, okay? I really can’t. I just can’t.”

Adler said in an interview that he had to sign a legal document to even meet with Slash and Duff McKagan last year to discuss potentially reuniting, though he makes no specific references in his Rolling Stone interview to a legal threat, but implies he can no longer discuss Guns N’ Roses’ reunion.

  • IrregularJohn

    Sign a legal document to even meet with Slash and Duff. What a joke. It’s still not a proper reunion by any means.

    • Dominik Wilde

      It has never been billed as a reunion by the band so the fact that it’s not a ‘proper reunion’ isn’t really important

      • IrregularJohn

        I guess.

  • Kevin Lang

    Sure, it sounds heavy handed. Plus, it is really really easy to hate Axl. However, this stuff is far more standard than you want to know. It’s about lawyers, and protecting the ‘brand’ (not the brand).

    As far as reunions go, that is far from the ugliest. The ugliest is usually all but the core 2 or o3 of any band are hired back as employees. Meaning, they don’t get to share in profits or decisions. For G&R, everyone who isn’t Axl or Slash was probably hired as a contract employee. Rolling Stones are notorious for this. Apparently, Ronnie Wood wasn’t a fully papered member of Rolling Stones for his first ten years with the band.

    Now, you may return to hating Axl for other reasons. My list is too long to bother with. But, sucker I am… I will be at those reunion shows!