FORMER GUNS N’ ROSES DRUMMER SAYS REUNION ALBUM WOULD BLOW AWAY ‘APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION’
Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler was asked in a recent interview by Canadian music journalist Mitch Lafon how he thought a reunion album by the band’s original lineup might sound. Adler replied, “If we did ever do a reunion, or if we even made a record again together, the G N’R guys, I think it would blow (Guns’ classic 1987 debut album) Appetite For Destruction away.”
Adler added, “All of us are such better players. And when we did Appetite, we were only adults for maybe three or four years. And that’s from our experiences in life, that’s what we came up with . . . I know the other guys, if we got together, being adults now and knowing what we know, and (having) been through what we’ve been through, I think we could make an even bigger kickass record.”
Adler was also asked about current Guns guitarist Richard Fortus’s recent statement that singer Axl Rose would never take part in a reunion for the money.
Adler responded, “That’s nice to say he wouldn’t do it for the money, but if he needs a reason to do it, I have a billion reasons, and that’s a billion people around the world who love us and have supported us and want more than anything to see us.”
The drummer, who was the first of the original lineup to go when he was kicked out in 1990, admitted that it’s “Axl’s call” on doing a reunion.
Axl is the sole remaining original member of the band, with guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin, along with bassist Duff McKagan, all exiting between 1991 and 1996.
Slash said that he knew from the start there was no chance of the original lineup ever performing again: “I never, in however many years it’s been, ever planned or thought that there was gonna be any reunion. Everybody else has sort of alluded to it but, you know, I never saw it coming. I knew it was just an impossible thing, and it wasn’t something I really wanted.”
Axl now leads a nine-piece version of the group and has released one album under the Guns banner, Chinese Democracy, which came out in 2008.
Guns N’ Roses was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2012. Adler, Slash and McKagan attended the ceremony, while Axl and Stradlin stayed home.