Steven Adler & Izzy Stradlin React To ‘Strangers’ Stealing Their Guns N’ Roses Jobs


Steven Adler discussed how he and Izzy Stradlin have reacted to Frank Ferrer and Richard Fortus taking their jobs on the Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime tour in a new Hysteria Mag interview.

“The thing about Guns N’ Roses that made us so great and so magical is because we were a magic band, like Led Zeppelin, or Aerosmith, or Queen,” he continues with an air of ennui. “Once we were together we couldn’t do anything wrong. If one person left the band and did Appetite, Appetite would not be Appetite. And it’s a shame because Use Your Illusion when we did the demo tape, I kept saying, or we kept saying, it was gonna be bigger and better than Appetite but once they kicked me out of the band, part of the magic was gone. It’s a different band. A completely different band.”

For Adler, there’s never too much damage done that the chance for reconciliation has passed. “You know, if they want me, they know my number–I’m ready to rock,” he says. “My goal was to finish what I started, and Izzy’s too [former guitarist Izzy Stradlin]. Iz is just as heartbroken as I am that the three of them decided to leave us out and bring three strangers in–who are those people? It’s just not cool.

“I love those songs, I love those records. I practice them here at home every day because I love them and I’m so proud of them and I’m proud of what the five of us did–we accomplished our dream exactly the way we wanted to. It didn’t end the way we wanted, or I wanted, but we did it our way. Like Frank Sinatra said, ‘I did it my way.’”

Adler certainly, despite everything, is still doing it his way.

  • Superfuzz

    This guy needs to move on. Everyone else has. He could still be something outside of gunners.

    • Olga Stewart

      Maybe both he and Izzy along with some others could set up their own band.

    • Nicola

      Sadly he seems to have a lot of damage from strokes and other consequences of years of heavy drugs. Not sure what he is truly capable of as far as touring

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      • Michael Rich

        And that’s half of it. 1. He wasn’t a great drummer and 2. With his health and addiction issues the band would never be able to get insured.

        Somebody really needs to tell him to STFU and move along.

  • DanSwon

    I’m tired of hearing Adler’s self-pitying. He was an important part of one of the best hard rock albums of all time. He should be glad of his legacy and just appreciate it. Sounds like he’s still got that same self-pitying drug addict psychology going on.

  • lima85

    What disrespect to Richard and Frank who have been in GNR much longer than Adler and Stradlin ever were. Time to let it go Steve, seriously it’s long over due.