Former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler says that he doesn’t know anything about a reunion of the band’s classic lineup, adding that he will be the last person to hear about it because ex-GUNS guitarist Slash can’t trust him to keep the information secret. Asked if he had heard anything about a reunion, Adler told Red Beard of LA Rocks TV (see video below): “I have no idea about nothing. I will be the last person to know. Because I’ve known for Slash thirty-what… thirty-nine years, and he knows that I would climb to the [highest] mountain and I would do, as Paul Stanley would say, ‘shout it out loud.’ And I don’t know nothing.” Adler went on to say that he hoped a reunion would materialize, adding that “we owe it to the fans to do it.”
Slash recently revealed that he and GUNS lead singer Axl Rose had repaired their estranged relationship after nearly 20 years, immediately leading to a storm of speculation about a possible reunion of the classic GUNS lineup.
Adler told VH1 Classic’s Eddie Trunk about the possibility of a GN’R reunion: “I love those guys, and I always will, but Duff [McKagan, former GUNS N’ ROSES bassist], he doesn’t think I’m cool. 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.”
Adler was fired from GUNS N’ ROSES in 1990 for his rampant drug use and replaced by Matt Sorum. Fans have wondered whether both drummers would be brought back for a reunion tour.
Sorum told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that if the band reunites, he and Adler should both be there. “If it’s me on drums or Steven or whatever, if it happened, it’d be great, you know,” he said. “I would actually say to them, ‘Hey, bring both of us back,’ you know. Let me play the other stuff. We’ll have two drum kits. I don’t care. If ‘Appetite For Destruction’ [the band’s debut] sounds better with Steven playing it, have both guys up there. They can afford it.”
Adler says he remains in contact with Slash, and has also communicated with Axl Rose in the past few years.
He expressed frustration that the original GUNS has not reunited, saying, “I don’t get it. We just play music. We’re living our dream. When we’re together, we play it really great. Let’s just do it. What’s the problem?”
Adler is currently playing with his own self-named band.