Original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler says he no longer harbors any resentment towards his former bandmates for not giving him more of a role in their reunion, and that he'd like the original five to get together this year for some shows to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Appetite for Destruction this July.
In a 45 minute interview on the One On One With Mitch Lafon podcast, Adler says he recently "asked Slash if he would talk to Axl about playing Appetite...from beginning to end...[plus], like, 'Civil War', and maybe something…like 'Patience'… and record it, videotape it. And that's it, if that's all you wanna do. And if Axl's happy after that, then we could do more."
At this point, he obviously hasn't heard anything back yet on this idea.
Adler calls Frank Ferrer, his replacement on the recent tour, "a wonderful, awesome guy." He explains that before he hurt his back, which required surgery, during rehearsals for last year's shows, the plan was for him to drum on the songs from his era and for Ferrer to play the later songs. To his disappointment, the band -- and Axl Rose in particular -- didn't want him back except for the occasional one or two song guest shot. He now says, "I love those guys. It is what it is. What I want it to be is the five of us, and what Axl wants it to be is what he wants it to be, and I respect him for it."
Adler now rules out another album or tour with his own group, saying that it's not worth the effort to sell just a few albums or play to small audiences at clubs.
G N' R should do something to celebrate the 30th anniversary of 'Appetite for Destruction,' and why not the original five playing the album they made?
But, it seems really unlikely that Axl will agree to those shows, but you never know.