Steven Adler Reveals Shocking Reaction When Told He Was Out Of Guns N’ Roses Reunion

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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.”

  • Nige.

    It’s always the drummers who a replaced with younger models

  • Dysnomia

    So sad. He was their best drummer, technicals aside, they just grooved with him. In fact in many ways, he and Izzy are the 2 most important members of that original lineup. You can get soundalikes for the others, but you can’t impersonate soul, and to me they were the soul of the band. That is why nothing ever got close to matching Appetite.