In the unlikely event that the most famous lineup of Guns N’ Roses should reunite, Steven Adler says they’d likely produce the best album of their career. Yes, even better than Guns N’ Roses’ celebrated 1987 debut.
“I think it would blow Appetite for Destruction away,” Adler told Mitch Lafon. “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 kickass record.”
At least one notable opportunity has already passed. Adler joined Slash and Duff McKagan on stage when Guns N’ Roses were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while stalwart band leader Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin opted out.
Rose has since been quoted as saying that he won’t consider such a reunion simply to cash in, preferring that there be some creative impetus. Adler says he understands the sentiment, but adds a third — he says more important — argument.
“That’s nice to say he wouldn’t do it for the money,” Adler says, “but 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, who was with Guns N’ Roses from 1985 through his drug-related ouster in 1990, also noted that he’s passed the 400-day mark for sobriety — adding that “I have never been happier, I have never played better or had more fun playing.”