Steven Adler says that he “would love to” perform with GUNS N’ ROSES again.
The drummer reunited with GN’R for the first time in twenty-six years during the 2016 leg of the “Not In This Lifetime” tour.
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 in the summer of 2016.
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.
Asked by the “Talk Toomey” podcast if he has any desire to play with GN’R again, Adler said (hear audio below): “I would love to. I love those guys and it was great [playing with them last year]. And if they ever let me do it again, I would definitely jump at it. I would do it just to get a hug from them. I’m so proud of being a part of that. And I might not be with them right now, but I’m just so proud that I was a part of the GUNS N’ ROSES [fold].”
Adler performed two songs with GUNS N’ ROSES on the U.S. leg of the “Not In This Lifetime” tour: “Out Ta Get Me” and “My Michelle”.
Back in February, 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.'”
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.
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.