Steven Adler: Reunited Guns N’ Roses Album Would Blow Away ‘Appetite for Destruction’
Steven Adler is gunning for the classic lineup of Guns N’ Roses to reunite. The former GN'R drummer talked with Mitch Lafon on his One on One podcast this week, saying not only would the reunion be for the band’s “billion” fans, but he thinks the group would produce a better album than their debut smash Appetite for Destruction.
“I think it would blow Appetite for Destruction away,” says Adler of a potential album from the classic GN'R lineup. “All of us are such better players. And when we did Appetite, we were only adults for maybe three or four years. And that’s from our experiences in life, that’s what we came up with. Now we’ve been adults for 30 years, and I’ve been through ups and downs, like an emotional roller coaster. I have a lot to write about, and I know the other guys, if we got together, being adults now and knowing what we know, and [having] been through what we’ve been through, I think we could make an even bigger kick-ass record.”
Last week, current Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus spoke on Lafon's podcast, saying that frontman Axl Rose would never reunite the original lineup for money or business and would only assemble those musicians to create better music.
Well, Adler agrees with those motives but goes a step further, listing one big reason why he thinks they should play together. “If he needs a reason to do it, I have a billion reasons, and that’s a billion people around the world who love us and have supported us and want more than anything to see us. … It’s Axl’s call on doing a reunion. It’s all up to him. And I love him and I have his back, and I support him in everything he does except for if he doesn’t wanna play for the fans, I can’t support that. ‘Cause it’s all for the fans.”
Adler was in Guns N’ Roses from 1985 through 1990. He was featured on their debut disc, Appetite for Destruction, and 1988’s GN’R Lies. He was kicked out of the group in 1990 because of his drug problems -- an issue Adler mentioned he has under control right now. The drummer told Lafon that he has passed the 400-day sober milestone. “I have never been happier, I have never played better or had more fun playing.”
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