Andy Greene of RollingStone.com spoke to former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler about his feelings on the band’s upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and to see if he thinks that a reunion of the group’s classic lineup is likely to happen. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
RollingStone.com: Tell me your first reaction to hearing [that GUNS N’ ROSES will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame].
Adler: Of course, excitement and joy. I always knew it was going to happen, just like when the band first started. I always knew that we were going to be successful and accomplish and succeed at our dreams. There was never a doubt in my mind. When we were recording “Appetite For Destruction”, we all knew. I’ve been blessed. I grew up and played and worked and created with the Freddie Mercury, the Jimi Hendrix, the Keith Richards, the John Paul Jones of my generation. I love those guys, no matter what happened. Everything was meant to happen the way it happened. I always knew that we were you going to succeed.
RollingStone.com: It’s interesting that Axl was willing to make peace with Duff [McKagan] and Izzy [Stradlin], but he seems to have really held onto his anger towards Slash. He even called him a cancer.
Adler: I’ve been reading his tweets about all the shows he’s been doing in the same states. My brother e-mailed his manager to see if I could come play a song. I had him do it twice, and he has not returned the e-mail. He can’t be mad at me!
RollingStone.com: Didn’t you talk to him in Las Vegas a while back?
Adler: Seven years ago! But everything was fine. I didn’t like that interview he did on “That Metal Show” [in late October]. I was very disappointed. He didn’t answer one question. I guarantee you — and I could tell by the looks on [“That Metal Show” co-host] Eddie [Trunk] and the other guy’s faces — that before Axl came out, his manager told those guys, “If you ask him this, if you ask him that, he will stand up and walk out in the middle.” I guarantee it. And the questions that that they did ask, he didn’t answer. He just started talking about whatever he wanted to. And, he blamed everybody else. He blamed everybody! Who gives a crap? Don’t blame people. I was disappointed. I was hoping to hear something better from him. Then, when he talked about the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame… that’s why I don’t think he’ll show up. He seemed to have such a grudge! He didn’t even answer. Eddie asked him, and he did not give a straight answer. He said, “blah blah blah blah.” Then he said something about, “I don’t know what they’re expecting of me and expecting of the old band.” What do you mean what they’re expecting? Can’t we just be fucking people who played music and accomplished a huge goal in their life and just play a couple songs? It’s only rock and roll, my god! It’s not rocket science.
RollingStone.com: I think Axl might come and it might happen. This is the one time where it feels possible.
Adler: It would mean so much to me if he did. Izzy too. I know that Duff and Slash will show up. They’re basically normal human beings. Izzy is a gypsy. He’s happy doing his own thing and he lives life to the fullest. Izzy is one of my heroes. I look up to him more than anybody. Steven Tyler and Izzy are the two coolest people that I’ve ever met or ever wanted to be influenced by. But Axl… it would mean so much to me. I personally just want to finish what I started with those jack-offs. We started off something, let’s end the career playing together, at least once. I’d love to do a whole tour of the world. I personally, and I know that Slash and Duff feel the same way, we owe it to the fans to do a tour around the world. We haven’t performed for over twenty years and they’ve stuck by us and believe in us. I get tweets every day from people around the world saying how much they love the original band. When it comes to after I left, I do believe that Matt Sorum and Dizzy Reed both have every right to be inducted, too. Dizzy did play on “Use Your Illusion”, and he’s been with Axl longer than anybody. He deserves it. Matt Sorum also played on “Use Your Illusion”. I think that the seven of us deserve it. I was just texting Matt Sorum in Australia. I’m going to play with him at The Roxy next week with CAMP FREDDY. He invited me to come down and play. He’s a great guy.
Read the entire interview from RollingStone.com.