Ex GN’R Drummer Steven Adler: Slash & Duff Don’t Believe I Am 21 Months Sober

September 29, 2015

Ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler says he hasn’t been approached about a possible reunion of the classic GN’R lineup and blames the lack of communication partially on the fact that Slash and Duff McKagan don’t believe that he is sober.

Adler was a guest of Eddie Trunk Live recently and was asked point blank if he knows anything about a rumored reunion of GN’R’ “Appetite For Destruction” lineup, Adler said: “Nothing. Even if it was happening, I don’t think Slash would tell me, because he knows how excited I get and that I would probably say something before I should. I would be the last one to know.”

Adler, who was fired from Guns in 1990 for his drug use, added that part of the reason he hasn’t heard anything about a rumoured GN’R reunion is the fact that he hasn’t been able to convince his former bandmates that he is clean from alcohol and drugs.

“I love those guys, and I always will, but Duff, he doesn’t think I’m cool,” Adler said. “He doesn’t think I’m a cool guy. This is what people tell me. And he doesn’t think I’m cool and that I’m not that great of a drummer. And Slash, he doesn’t believe that I have 21 months and 21 days sober. He doesn’t believe it. I don’t know why, but they forget that at one time in their life, they were doing drugs and drinking and they were fucking up. They forget that they were like that too. Duff has got 20 years sober or more, Slash has got, like, 11 or 12 years sober, and I’ve got a year, nine months and 21 days. So everybody gets it at a different time. I’m just thankful I got it.”

According to Adler, he is still in contact with Slash, but he hasn’t been able to convince the guitarist to meet with him in person for quite some time. “I’m always trying to get [Slash] to go to Crossroads, this vegan restaurant,” Adler said. “I [tell him], ‘Get your girlfriend and come meet me and my wife over… And John 5. I say, meet me and John 5 and Rita over at Crossroads for brunch or dinner.’ [And he writes back] ‘Ehh, I can’t. I’m working.’ I’m going, ‘You’ve gotta be home way more than that. Just come meet with me. Let’s go have a cup of coffee.’


Despite the fact that he hasn’t heard anything about a possible reunion of the classic GN’R lineup, Adler remains optimistic about his future. “Even if the GN’R thing doesn’t happen, I’m still gonna do what I’m doing every day,” he said. “I’m gonna keep living, being happy, practicing, playing with my band. I wasted enough time in a blackout, in a haze. I’m living now.”


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