Steven Adler Explains Why He Isn’t on G’n’R Tour

February 19, 2017

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler recently did an interview w/ The “One On One With Mitch Lafon” podcast and talked about G’n’Rs ‘reunion tour’.

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Lafon asked was it was like performing with Slash, Duff McKagan and Axl Rose for the first time in twenty-six years in July 2016:

Adler: “It was, ‘Thank you, God, for this beautiful present.’ I’d been playing ‘Appetite’ live, ‘Use Your Illusion’ and the songs that, obviously, I didn’t get to play on ‘Use Your Illusion’, I was practicing them… I was playing twenty-five songs twice a day for two years. ‘Cause once I found out [the reunion] was probably gonna happen, I was, like, ‘Yes! I’m gonna be ready and on top of it.’ And then second rehearsal, I hurt my back and I had to have a minor surgery. I had a pinched nerve in the L4 [nerve root], and within an hour, I was out of the hospital and I was all better. And I talked to them [and said], ‘Let me come back,’ but it didn’t happen, and I was resentful. And then I talked to my sponsor and I was, ‘Okay, you’re right. I’m not gonna give in to resentment.’ And then they called me, and I [went], ‘Holy shit! Here it comes. This is gonna be so awesome.’ I’m still smiling about it. I have dreams about it. My wife goes, ‘What are you smiling about? You’re sleeping and you’re smiling.’ And I go, ‘I was on stage in front of seventy thousand people with Slash and Duff and Axl.’ I just wish Izzy as there, but, shit, I got to do it. Thank you, God. ‘Cause I wanted it for twenty-six years. All I did every day was, ‘Please, God, let this happen. Let this happen. I wanna play with them again. I wanna do this.’ For twenty-six years, every time I’d go out, people — not just one or two, but five, six, ten people, especially when I’d do a show, it was hundreds — ‘When are you going to get back together?’ And I wish I could say it would have been… Well, we would have never broke up, if I had a say.”

Asked about his 1990 exit from Guns:

Adler: “If people think that I got kicked out of Guns N’ Rose for doing drugs, they are so mistaken. Everybody in that band was doing drugs. I was doing less than anybody. I got kicked out of the band, and Izzy got kicked out of the band, and then Slash and Duff did, because Axl wanted to take control of everything — he wanted to own the name, he wanted to be the only person who gets paid for the songs. He wanted to be the manager, the accountant and everything, when all he needs to do is get up there and sing like a motherfucker that he does. But he wanted to own and control everything. Like Elton John — he wanted to be like Elton John or Billy Joel. That’s where the whole piano thing came in. He wanted to be a piano man, which is cool, but that’s not Guns N’ Roses. Leave Guns N’ Roses the way it is, and then you do solo albums, like all musicians in other bands do. But that’s what he wanted to do, and that’s what happened. So I was the first to go, ’cause I was the easiest one; I was the nicest guy. They tricked me. They had me sign some contract with my lawyer there at the office. And I was completely sick at the time. And I had no idea I was signing my rights away, rights to the name, my royalties. They wanted to basically give me two thousand dollars and throw me in the street. And thank God my mom realized what happened and she got a lawyer for me. And thank God everything got taken care of.”

On if G’n’R toured with drummer Frank Ferrer because of tour-insurance reasons:

Adler: “They already had Frank, so God forbid I couldn’t do it, then there was Frank. So it’s not an insurance thing. They just didn’t give me the opportunity. It’s cheaper to just have Frank. I mean, they were only paying me… not that much. I was doing it — ’cause, thank God, I don’t need the money that bad — I was doing it because I wanted to play with them, and I wanted to play for the fans. ‘Cause Frank is a great drummer, but he does not play the way Steven Adler plays, and Steven Adler doesn’t play the way Matt [Sorum] plays, and Matt doesn’t play the way Frank plays. We all have our own style, but my style is the one that is on those records that everybody grew up listening to and [made] memories to. So when Frank is playing those songs, he’s not playing them right. He’s just really a great time keeper. I mean, put it this way: they were playing ‘[Mr.] Brownstone’… I didn’t know they were playing ‘Brownstone’ until all of a sudden they started singing the chorus. I went, ‘That was ‘Brownstone’?’ ‘Brownstone’ you know instantly. I came up with a kickass groove. You know that. And I’m standing, going, ‘What song is this?’ But, like I said, we all have our own styles.”

 

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