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Steven Adler says he can’t talk about Guns N’ Roses anymore
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Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler says that he can no longer speak in detail about what it was like to finally perform with the band again for the first time in 26 years during the 2016 leg of the "Not In This Lifetime" tour.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Adler was asked about his brief appearances with the band but declined to speak extensively about it, saying, "I had the best experience last year playing with them last year . . . it was so great since I finally got to have some closure. It was wonderful. I don't have nothing else to say about it. I'm really sorry. That's all I can tell you. There's nothing to say. I literally, literally honest to god literally, I can't even tell you why I can't tell you any more. Literally, okay? I really can't. I just can't."
Last month, Adler revealed to podcaster Mitch Lafon that he was originally supposed to appear at more than just a handful of shows on the Guns N' Roses reunion trek. He claimed that he expected to play all the Appetite For Destruction material during the entire tour, only to be told he was out after he hurt his back during rehearsals.
Adler appeared with Guns onstage last November in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as on three separate occasions during the U.S. leg of the "Not In This Lifetime" tour last summer.
This marked Adler's first appearance with the group since 1990, although he performed with members of the band at their 2012 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Speculation was rampant that Adler would participate in at least a portion of the reunion tour ever since Guns made it official last spring. The regular Guns drummer for several years has been Frank Ferrer, who is also part of the current lineup that boasts founding members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.
Adler was thrown out of the group in 1990 due to his heavy drug use, a problem he struggled with for years after his dismissal.