STEVEN ADLER: 'AXL ROSE Is One Of The Greatest Assholes Of All Time, And I Say That With Love'

May 2, 2011

Former GUNS N' ROSES and current ADLER'S APPETITE drummer Steven Adler was interviewed on last week's edition of "Matty P's Radio Happy Hour". You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. (Note: The Adler interview begins around the 84-minute mark.)

On whether GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose is as much of a diva as everyone makes him out to be:

Adler: "He's not a diva, he's an asshole. One of the greatest assholes of all time — and I say that with love."

On seeing the "new" version of GUNS N' ROSES in Las Vegas in 2006:

Adler: "First off, I walked into the venue and I saw three guys playing guitar that all looked like Izzy. It's funny that [Axl] needs three guitar players to take the place of one. He's got three guitar players to take care of [Slash's guitar duties]. That just shows how great Slash is. . . At first, his manager told me to leave. I walked in and he said, 'Dude, you better leave. I don't want Axl to get pissed off.' So I left, and I'm opening the front door to my house and my phone is ringing and I answer it and it's his manager, Del. He goes, 'Dude, I'm sorry. He wants to see you.' So I got in the car and went right back."

In a recent interview with The Jewish Chronicle, Adler stated about his former band, "Why do you think we were so successful? Because it was the five of us. We had something special. We had a bond. No matter how much bullshit there's been all these years, there's one thing that Axl [Rose] and his lawyers can never take away, and that's that we were five brothers who achieved the goals we had since before we were teenagers. And what do brothers do best? They fight with each other! I don't hate them now. My wounds are healed. It's a shame that Axl and Slash won't talk. Every day they don't talk is a day that magic isn't being created. Even if we just did one tour, one record, one song together, the gods want to hear it."

Regarding why he thinks a reunion of GUNS N' ROSES' classic lineup should happen, he said, "There's all the love I receive around the world. I have heard 'Appetite For Destruction' is the soundtrack to my life' in so many languages. And there's the money we could make. The whole thing could make billions of dollars. All we have to do is get on stage with each other for 90 minutes. And I want to finish what I started. Thank God for putting these jackasses in my life."

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