Original GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler tells RollingStone.com that he has put any thoughts of a reunion of the band’s classic lineup behind him since frontman Axl Rose refused to appear at GN’R induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this past April.
Adler, who has had a large GUNS N’ ROSES poster advertising the band’s first tour of England hanging in his living room for the past 20 years, says he now realizes GN’R is part of his past.
“Every time I have to go to the bathroom, I have to walk past [the poster],” says Adler. “I’d always see it and say to myself, ‘One day we’re gonna reunite! We’re gonna do it! We’re too good of a team not to do this again.’ Now I walk past it and I say to myself, ‘I’m so glad I was a part of that. That was a great and exciting time of my life.’ It’s nice to appreciate it, but I’m no longer angry and pining for a reunion. I’m not angry about it anymore. It’s flushed out of my system.”
Despite slamming Rose in the press as an “asshole” for failing to appear at the Rock Hall induction ceremony, Adler now says, “I’m not angry with Axl anymore. I love him and I feel blessed that I got to work with him and achieve what I achieved with him. I guess time does heal all wounds.”
Adler also says that he regrets having calling the current lineup of GUNS N’ ROSES “hacks” and “scabs.’ “I shouldn’t have said that,” he says. “I’ve grown up and matured. Holy crap! I’ve matured in the six months since we last spoke!”