Former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler says that he can no longer speak in detail about what it was like to finally perform with the band again for the first time in 26 years during the 2016 leg of the “Not In This Lifetime” tour.
Last month, Adler revealed that he was originally supposed to appear at more than just a handful of shows on the GUNS N’ ROSES reunion trek. He told the “One On One With Mitch Lafon” podcast that he expected to sit behind the drum kit for all the “Appetite For Destruction” material during the entire tour, only to be told he was out after he hurt his back during rehearsals. “[Bassist] Duff [McKagan] called me and said, ‘Dude, you’re not gonna play with us anymore,'” Adler said. “‘You’re not gonna do these shows.’ And I was, like, ‘You’re the worst fucking person in the world.'”
In a brand new interview with Rolling Stone, Adler declined to discuss specifics about what happened between him and GUNS N’ ROSES. “I had the best experience last year playing with them last year,” he said. “I wish Izzy [Stradlin, guitar] was there, but it was so great since I finally got to have some closure. It was wonderful. I don’t have nothing else to say about it. I’m really sorry. That’s all I can tell you. There’s nothing to say. I literally, literally honest to god literally, I can’t even tell you why I can’t tell you any more. Literally, okay? I really can’t. I just can’t.”
Adler appeared with GUNS N’ ROSES onstage last November in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as on three separate occasions during the U.S. leg of the “Not In This Lifetime” tour last summer.
This marked Adler‘s first appearance with GUNS N’ ROSES since 1990, although he performed with members of the band at their 2012 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Speculation about Adler having some sort of involvement in the GUNS N’ ROSES reunion has been rampant ever since the band made it official with a surprise April 1, 2016 show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.
The regular GUNS N’ ROSES drummer for several years has been Frank Ferrer, who is also part of the current lineup that boasts classic-GN’R members Axl Rose, Slash and McKagan.
Adler was thrown out of GUNS N’ ROSES in 1990 due to his heavy drug use, a problem he struggled with for years after his dismissal.