ADLER/former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler spoke with Andy Greene from Rolling Stone about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony which was held in Cleveland on April 14th.
Here are a few excerpts from the chat:
Rolling Stone: How did the induction ceremony go for you?
Adler: “It was the greatest way to end that chapter of my life. 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.”
Rolling Stone: You think the Guns N’ Roses chapter is closed?
Adler: “That’s done. That’s 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 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.”
Rolling Stone: How did it feel playing those songs with Slash and Duff again?
Adler: “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!”
Rolling Stone: You and all the fans have wanted that reunion for years. That desire is gone on your part?
Adler: “Yeah, it’s gone. If it was going to happen, that’s when it was going to happen, and in Axl’s letter, 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.”
Read more at Rolling Stone.