Guns N’ Roses is headed for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in April, and since Wednesday’s announcement, nary a critic has debated their worthiness for inclusion. Instead, the conversation around G N’R this week has mainly revolved around speculation as to whether or not Axl and Slash will be able to put aside 20 years worth of acrimony and actually show up in the same place at the same time. No one has been able to get either Axl or Slash to go on the record with their intentions, but Rolling Stone was able to get former G N’R drummer (and Celebrity Rehab cast member) Steven Adler to dish on whether or not they’ll be getting the band back together for one last night, as well as what he thought about Axl’s recent interview on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show.
“Unfortunately, I don’t foresee it,” Adler explained to Rolling Stone‘s Andy Greene. “You figure that time could heal all wounds, but some people just REALLY hold a crazy grudge.” Greene pressed Adler further on the issue, and being the eminently quotable guy that he is, Adler delivered:
If the Police could do a reunion … One of the biggest jerks I ever met was Sting,” Adler dished. “If he can do it, then anyone can do it. It’s not that big a deal. And the Eagles! They did it! They severely hated each other. It’s just rock and roll. It’s not like anyone has f***ed anyone’s wife or stole their wife, like the Rolling Stones with Brian Jones and Keith Richards. None of that crap happened.”
During Axl Rose’s interview with That Metal Show, he pretty much said the same thing. At the time of the interview, the band was only on the short list of nominees and they had not been informed of their eventual induction, but Axl still weighed in:
I don’t really know what I think, I don’t know what it means in terms of me with the old band, the old lineup I don’t know if we were to be invited I don’t know what they’d ask of me — I don’t know that’s still all up in the air. It’s an honor to be on the nomination and I know that there’s an definitely element of the fans that really like that, so for them I think it’s a great thing.”
Regarding that interview, Steven Adler was less than thrilled with Axl’s willingness to be forthcoming and honest with Eddie Trunk and the gang. “I didn’t like that interview he did on That Metal Show,” he complained to RS. “I was very disappointed. He didn’t answer one question … He just started talking about whatever he wanted to … Then, when he talked about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, that’s why I don’t think he’ll show up. He seemed to have such a grudge! … Can’t we just be f***ing people who played music and accomplished a huge goal in their life and just play a couple songs? It’s only rock and roll, my god! It’s not rocket science.”
Well, as we discussed before, it’s highly unlikely that such a notoriously private guy like Axl will clue anyone in to his intentions prior to the induction ceremony in April. That said, Guns N’ Roses fans hoping to see the guys get together to belt out a song or two might want to take their cues from Steven Adler: “My toes are crossed!”
RELATED: Watch Axl Rose’s full interview on That Metal Show on VH1.com.
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