It was pretty amazing for fans, and for drummer Steven Adler, when he made guest appearances on the Guns ‘N’ Roses “Not in This Lifetime” tour. That being said, Adler has stated in the past he’d have liked to have had more of a part of the reunion, and has now gone into a little more detail with regards to the bands life without him, and guitarist Izzy Stradlin.
Up till now, Adler has been very complimentary about the band, and has been very graceful about the fact that he got to play with his ex band mates during the tour, but, Adler has also said that it was extremely hurtful to him and Stradlin that they we not invited along for the full tour with Slash, Duff McKagan and Axle Rose.
The drummer spoke with Australian based Hysteria Magazine and said the following: “My goal was to finish what I started, and Izzy’s too. Iz is just as heartbroken as I am that the three of them decided to leave us out and bring three strangers in — who are those people? It’s just not cool.” Adding, “I love those songs, I love those records. I practice them here at home every day because I love them and I’m so proud of them and I’m proud of what the five of us did. We accomplished our dream exactly the way we wanted to. It didn’t end the way we wanted, or I wanted, but we did it our way. Like Frank Sinatra said, ‘I did it my way.’”
Adler will be doing his own celebration of the 30th anniversary of Appetite for Destruction. He has announced a tour of Australia in May, and will be basing the tour around that album and other GNR classics.
He told Hysteria: “You’ll hear everything the way it was supposed to go.” When it comes to further involvement with Guns N’ Roses, Adler said: “You know, if they want me, they know my number. I’m ready to rock.”