Original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler, who for many years was a core voice of attempts to get the original band lineup back together, recently spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and the fact that the band's lead singer, Axl Rose, was a no-show.
Adler, who has endured terrible hardships through addiction and life circumstance, is finally able to put a bow on his past with GNR – due in no small part to Axl's continued refusal to so much as acknowledge his former bandmates.
"It was the greatest way to end that chapter of my life," Steven gushed. "It couldn't have gone better. It ended that chapter of my life great, and it's starting this new chapter of my life, with my new band, even bigger and better. It's very exciting. It's fucking exciting. Life is exciting again."
Check out the Rock Hall performance, featuring Myles Kennedy on vocals, below:
He added, "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 they've 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. 'I've taken my bows, my curtain calls, you've brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it, and I thank you all.' I think that says it. It couldn't have gone better. I showed my thanks and my love. Slash is really the main person from that band that is really super-duper…they're 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."
When asked how if felt playing those songs with Slash and Duff McKagan again, Adler said, "It was great, and Myles Kennedy did a fabulous job…This is the only thing I'm going to say about Axl, and this is the last thing I'm ever going to say, ever, you're getting it, is I feel blessed and thankful that he was a part of my life for that chapter of my life, but that's it. That's 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!"
"If [the reunion] was going to happen, that's when it was going to happen, and in Axl's letter [declining ot be inducted], he showed his true colors to the world. After that, that's it. Like I said, the main person I wanted to end that chapter with, and I'm going to start a new chapter with, was Slash."