Looks Like Steven Adler is Doing the Guns N’ Roses Reunion After All
Steven Adler has been telling anyone willing to listen that he wants back into Guns N’ Roses since about two seconds after he was sacked in 1990. As a consequence, the idea that he somehow wasn’t invited to participate in the upcoming reunion was heartbreaking. And maybe doubly so when it became apparent that Chinese Democracy-era drummer Frank Ferrer, and not Adler’s original successor, Matt Sorum, was gonna man the kit. So it seemed like he was basically the third choice for the job. Sheesh. (And remember that, unlike Izzy Stradlin, poor Adler wasn’t invited to join Velvet Revolver, either.)
But sometimes, if you want something badly enough, and you work really hard, and you pray for it, and you make a vision board, and you tell Howard Weitzman, Esq. that you’re willing to work for peanuts and ask only “How high?” when instructed to jump, good things can happen for you. To wit:
I don’t even know why I’m busting Adler’s chops. I think this news is swell. The drumming on Appetite for Destruction rules. Good for him.
So what does this mean for Ferrer? I’m guessing nothing, especially in light of certain events from last week. Adler will play a certain number of Appetite songs and Ferrer will play everything else. I honestly wouldn’t be shocked if Stradlin and/or Sorum showed up for at least one of these shows.
Which means that, kind of hilariously, Guns N’ Roses is now, more than ever, a brand, not a band. Remember, Rose skipped out on the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony because they wouldn’t acknowledge the Chinese Democracy dudes. And there’s a rumor going around that Slash et al. will be playing material from Chinese Democracy. Who the fuck is actually in Guns N’ Roses?
Still, there’s some admirable about Axl Rose’s refusal to sweep any of his own history under the rug, as opposed to most bands, who conveniently forget the albums they made in-between the break-up and the reunion. There are a lot of things you can call Rose, but “regular” ain’t one of ’em.
This weird Franken-GN’R have six shows scheduled for April, with more probably soon to be announced.