Author Topic: Steven Adler on Axl Rose: 'I'm Done With Him'  (Read 2116 times)

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When we spoke to former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler in December he was still hoping that Axl Rose would come to his senses and agree to perform with the group at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. "I know there's love between all five of us," he said. "I know there is. Not just four of us, five of us. We owe it to the fans. The LEAST we can do is give them one great performance."

Needless to say, the full reunion didn't happen Ė and in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Adler says that he's finally given up hopes for a reunion and wants to move on with his life. He has a new group called Adler and they are releasing their debut LP and hitting the road this year. "The world needs a new rock and roll band," he says.  "And weíre just the guys to do it. Itís the greatest way to start a new chapter in my life."

Adler also says this is the last interview he'll ever give about Axl. "He showed his true colors to the world," the drummer says. "Iím done with him, Iím never mentioning him or talking about him again."

How did the induction ceremony go for you?
It was the greatest way to end that chapter of my life. It couldnít have gone better. It ended that chapter of my life great, and itís starting this new chapter of my life, with my new band, even bigger and better. Itís very exciting. Itís fucking exciting. Life is exciting again.

You think the Guns N' Roses chapter is closed?
Thatís done. Thatís totally out of my system. I was hoping that the five of us would have been there to play and show our respect to the fans, but the three of us who really do care about what our fans think and how much theyíve done for us were there, and we showed our love and respect.  In my thank-you speech, I ended it with the words of the late, great Freddie Mercury. "Iíve taken my bows, my curtain calls, youíve brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it, and I thank you all." I think that says it. It couldnít have gone better. I showed my thanks and my love. Slash is really the main person from that band that is really super-duperÖtheyíre all important, but Slash is the most important, because we grew up together, we started the whole thing together, so it was really great ending that chapter with him.

How did it feel playing those songs with Slash and Duff again?
It was great, and Myles Kennedy did a fabulous jobÖThis is the only thing Iím going to say about Axl, and this is the last thing Iím ever going to say, ever, youíre getting it, is I feel blessed and thankful that he was a part of my life for that chapter of my life, but thatís it. Thatís it. I have no desire to know him or work with him or do anything with him again. Letting go of that was like a huge weight was lifted off my body. I feel fucking free. Yay!

You and all the fans have wanted that reunion for years. That desire is gone on your part?
Yeah, itís gone. If it was going to happen, thatís when it was going to happen, and in Axlís letter, he showed his true colors to the world. After that, thatís it. Like I said, the main person I wanted to end that chapter with, and Iím going to start a new chapter with, was Slash.

What true colors did he show in that letter?
I think itís disrespect. He's not for the fans, which is everybody in the world. Basically, he told everybody in the world, "Fuck you, I donít give a shit what you think."

He mentioned you in his first letter. He said, "Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in '06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned."
That doesnít even make any sense. Thatís Axl, he doesnít make any sense, and thatís it, Iím done with him, Iím never mentioning him or talking about him again. Thatís it. One last thing Ė god bless him.

How did the rest of the night go? Did you meet any cool people?
I have to say, the coolest person I ever met in my whole life is John Mellencamp. I never met a person who was more secure about himself and his person. It was just incredible, heís the coolest person Iíve ever met in my life. Steven Tylerís the greatest person I ever met in my life, one of the most wonderful people I ever met, but John Cougar, the coolest motherfucker on this planet. This guy is so secure about who he is and what he does, and I thought that was the coolest thing in the world.

You also got to see your old friends Flea and Anthony Kiedis.
Anthonyís wonderful, Iíve known him for decades, heís great. Flea is the greatest, it was so great, the way he mentioned me, and he mentioned my grandmother. He used to practice his trumpet for my grandmother, we used to play football in the street, and heíd come home from school and have his trumpet and practice for my grandmother. He mentioned it, and that was so great. That and he sent me a text saying the coolest thing that a rhythm brother could say to another rhythm brother, he said, "Stevie, last night, you were so deep in the pocket, it was beautiful." So that was the coolest thing for Flea to say that, because heís like the greatest bass player in the world.

The evening turned out pretty great Ė especially considering Axl and Rod Stewart didn't show up.
Yeah, Myles Kennedy did a number on that other redhead. He did a phenomenal job, stepping into those big redheaded shoes. Heís got a powerful voice. Other than my new singer, if it wasnít Myles Kennedy singing, Iíd have wanted my singer to sing, because this guyís amazing. I have the greatest new band, and itís so great being part of a new band, being part of something thatís fun again and real. Itís real and itís fun, and our new record we just finished, I recorded a whole record, I have 12 songs. In two weeks when Jeff Pilson gets back, heís on tour with Foreigner, when he gets back, weíre going to do one more song. 13 songs. The new record will be done. I havenít been finished with something in 22 years.

Do you see the Hall of Fame induction as the biggest moment of your career?
Itís the biggest moment of my career. Any musician who gets to be a part of that, itís the biggest moment of their careers, of their life. Itís like winning the Super Bowl. I won the frigginí Super Bowl, itís the coolest thing in the world. I have a ring and trophy and everything. I didnít get a ring, but I got a trophy.

I watched it on video, my guitar player came over with his computer and showed it to me. I was nervous, I donít know how I sounded or how I looked, because it was me, and I was doing it. I saw it and said, "Oh manÖ" I was proud of myself. If I didnít know me, Iíd have been proud of me, and I was proud of me.

You guys really proved the band is bigger than one person.
Yeah. Iím telling the truth, I never heard a boo like that in my life [when Axl's name was mentioned]. It was frightening. I was sitting there going, "Man, god forbid they were doing that at me." That would be soul-crushing, you would think. But that redheaded guy, I was standing onstage, I looked at Duff and said, "You know what the crazy thing is, Axlís so back-ass backwards that he probably likes it." Instead of going, "Wow, thatís harsh," heís going, "Yeah, fuck yeah, I love it."

Do you understand why that redhead seems so angry at everyone?
Heís got nothing in the world to be angry about. Itís so great to move on from that, to get that out of my life and out of my system. You ever have somebody that you know, but theyíre not in your life, you donít see them, you donít talk to them, but you think about them, and it makes your stomach get all tight, and you go, "Son of a bitch," and you donít even talk to the guy or see them Ė thatís what that asshole would do to me. Itís just great to not have that feeling in my stomach anymore. Itís good to move on. Itís like getting off of heroin, "Oh, I feel so much better, my god, what a relief, Iím not sick anymore."

You're sober now, right?
Yeah. I smoke cigarettes, and Iím really tired of it, Iím going to go see this doctor about taking that Chantix. I tried it before, it gives you terrible dreams.

What's the secret to staying clean this time?
I got to a point of being sick and tired of being sick and tired, and it just got too much. I survived, and I think once you survive it and go through it, you grow up and you just start feeling different about things and about your life. When I was a teenager in my early twenties, I would get in a fight pretty easily, and I wouldnít mind getting punched in the face. But Iím 47 years old now, I mind it now. So you just grow up and change how you feel about things.

How did you meet the guys in your new band Adler?
It might sound corny, but God brought them to me. Thatís all I can say, is I was blessed again with another group of real guys, great musicians, just sweethearts. My new band, Iíve met a lot of groups in my day, and I thought my new band has the coolest guys, but the guys in Green Day are the coolest guys Iíve ever met in my life. Those guys play hard punk rock kind of stuff Ė these guys are the mellowest, sweetest, laid back hippies. They just love each other, theyíre happy, they hang out with each other. In my band, me and my guitar player go out for breakfast every morning, and when my singerís in town, we all three go out. Now with the new bass player, we all go out. We hang out and watch TV, listen to music, go over tunes.

It's gotta be nice to finally be in a functional band.
Itís so great being part of a group, a group of guys. Weíre all on the same page. We all want the same thing, we all have the same goals, and we all respect one another.

Are you going to put any Guns N' Roses songs into your live set?
Out of the respect I have for what I did accomplish, my part of Guns Ní Roses, I am so frigginí proud of Ė my part. So Iím fucking proud of that, and the fans are proud of that, and I love that, so of course, Iím going to play one or two, but itís all about the new band and the new songs. Obviously, it would only be Appetite for Destruction, and Iím proud of that, but thatís 25 years ago. Every 15, 20, 25 years, a new rock and roll record needs to come out and a new rock and roll band needs to come out. Weíre just the guys to fucking do it, and weíre going to do it. The last great rock band that came out was the Foo Fighters, and they were like 15 years ago, right? Itís 15, 20 years, the world is due.