After Slash and Duff McKagan’s return to Guns N’ Roses, the band began a major reunion tour around the world. Drummer Steven Adler did not appear in this reunion line-up.
Steven Adler was a guest in the podcast “One On One With Mitch Lafon” and explained why he could not find a place in Guns N’ Roses again. He said he never invited anyone. Here’s the explanation:
“It was, ‘Thank you, God, for this beautiful present.’ I’d been playing ‘Appetite [For Destruction]’ [songs] live, ‘Use Your Illusion’ and the songs that, obviously, I didn’t get to play on ‘Use Your Illusion’, I was practicing them… I was playing twenty-five songs twice a day for two years. ‘Cause once I found out [the reunion] was probably gonna happen, I was, like, ‘Yes! I’m gonna be ready and on top of it.’ And then second rehearsal, I hurt my back and I had to have a minor surgery. I had a pinched nerve in the L4 [nerve root], and within an hour, I was out of the hospital and I was all better. And I talked to them [and said], ‘Let me come back,’ but it didn’t happen, and I was resentful.
And then I talked to my sponsor and I was, ‘Okay, you’re right. I’m not gonna give in to resentment.’ And then they called me, and I [went], ‘Holy shit! Here it comes. This is gonna be so awesome.’ I’m still smiling about it. I have dreams about it. My wife goes, ‘What are you smiling about? You’re sleeping and you’re smiling.’ And I go, ‘I was on stage in front of seventy thousand people with Slash and Duff and Axl.’ I just wish Izzy [Stradlin, former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist] as there, but, shit, I got to do it.
Thank you, God. ‘Cause I wanted it for twenty-six years. All I did every day was, ‘Please, God, let this happen. Let this happen. I wanna play with them again. I wanna do this.’ For twenty-six years, every time I’d go out, people — not just one or two, but five, six, ten people, especially when I’d do a show, it was hundreds — [they’d ask me] ‘When are you going to get back together?’ And I wish I could say it would have been… Well, we would have never broke up, if I had a say.”
On will he play with the band again, he said:
“I have closure to where if they wanna do it the right way, the five of us… And, like I said, I’ll share the stage with Frank — I don’t care. As long as I’m there doing my songs, I don’t care. But if they’d wanna do it the five of us, I am there! I love those guys. I’m proud of what the five of us… and since the five of us are still alive, I think the five of us should play for our fucking fans, give ’em what they want.
I mean, I live a beautiful, comfortable life because people still love our music, and that’s every musician’s dream — to make music that people love. Not just for a week or a month or a year — this is thirty fucking years, and people still… Every time I get in the car and one of our songs [comes on], I go, ‘Okay, there’s my twenty-five cents. Yeah!’ [Laughs]”