During a recent interview with Eddie Trunk, Steven Adler said he hasn’t heard anything about a Guns N’ Roses reunion, but that he would probably be the last to know. He also said he keeps trying to hang out with Slash but he continually blows him off because he is busy with ‘work.’ Adler said, via Blabbermouth:
“I love those guys, and I always will, but Duff, he doesn’t think I’m cool,” Adler said. “He doesn’t think I’m a cool guy. This is what people tell me. And he doesn’t think I’m cool and that I’m not that great of a drummer. 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.”
He went on to say: “They don’t think I’m cool and they don’t think I can play drums that great and they don’t think I’m sober. Duff, he has a right, in a way, but, like I said, he forgets where he came from too. But we did do some shows [together] in Japan [in 2013], and Duff invited [Steven’s current band] ADLER to come down, and I was still drinking then. And the second I got to the airport, I made a beeline for the bar, and I just started doing shots of Jäger. And the whole trip I was sick and I was just a mess. And, you know, Duff’s sober and he’s very judgmental and forgetful of where he came from. And he was just so bummed and pissed at me. I mean, the playing part, the shows when we actually were performing, that went all right, but everything else… So I kind of ruined it and gave him the excuse to be able to say, ‘Well, he’s not cool and he’s not that good.’ But I stopped doing that. They stopped doing that. Just because they stopped doing it before I did doesn’t make them any better. We’re all people who have addiction problems. I was just able to get a grip on it later on in life than they did.”
Asked if it’s true that he recently said that he would kill himself if the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup reunited without him, Adler said: “I would probably feel like I would wanna kill myself, but I wouldn’t. I would probably just kill them. [Laughs] ‘Cause if I’m not doing it, they’re not doing it. If I’m going down, they’re going down.”
Adler also expressed frustration over the fact that so many world-famous musicians, including GUNS N’ ROSES, can’t seem to overcome personal differences and reunite for the sake of their fans.
“I don’t understand what the problem is,” he said. “We’re just rock bands. We all started practicing in our garage or our bedroom. We met each other, and we started playing in our garage, then we worked on songs. This is what we wanted to do. Our dreams came true.
“I don’t know why it’s so difficult for people that have been successful and still can moderately successful,” he continued. “Of course, nobody’s gonna be like they were in the ’80s; that was our generation. It’s a new generation now of music and people and kids. But there are bands like BON JOVI and METALLICA and the GUNS N’ ROSES reunion; [if that were to happen] that would be huge.”
Adler added: “I don’t get it. We just play music. We’re living our dream. Why does everybody have to be such a dick and so fucking crazy? It’s, like, hey, we play music. When we’re together, we play it really great. Let’s just do it. What’s the problem?”