Classic GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler was interviewed by Ugly Phil of Australia’s Triple M radio. When asked about Axl Rose, he said (Via Blabbermouth):
“Broke my heart, dude. No, he didn’t do me a favor. It did nothing but break my heart, and break millions of our fans’ hearts. That’s all it did. Then they drove Izzy out…
“This is the way I look at Guns N’ Roses with the five of us. We baked the pie for five years. Every year, we would enter a different pie in a pie contest, and every year, we would win. Then on the sixth year, they decided to put a different ingredient in, and then they didn’t win first price.
“It’s the five of us that made the ingredients that made us winners. You take one of those out, and it’s just not the same. If you listen to ‘Use Your Illusion,’ I played on ‘Civil War.’ It’s the last song I recorded with them, and it’s undeniable that once ‘Civil War’ is over and the next song starts, it’s a completely different band.
“It broke my heart, because me and Slash grew up together. We’ve known each other since we were 12, 13 years old, and this was our dream. I don’t have resentment anymore, because if I had resentment toward them, I would still be drinking and drugging. I learned to not take things personal; to not make assumptions; to just do my best, no more, no less; and be impeccable with my word.
“I’m trying to do my best. I love them, and I’m so thankful that I got to do what I got to do. The great Freddie Mercury once said, ‘One year of love is better than a lifetime alone.’ At least I got to be a part of that magic. In the ’80s, there was a million bands, but I was in the one band that was the cool kids in school. We were the band that every other musician wanted to be in.”
When asked about meeting Axl back in the day, he said:
“Me and Slash were walking down Sunset Boulevard one night, and there’s fliers all over the sidewalk, because back then, all the bands would pass out fliers. We just noticed this one flier, and we picked it up and looked at it, and we said, ‘These guys look really cool.’
“So, we went to go see them, and there was Axl and Izzy and two other guys. I told Slash, ‘If we get that singer and that guitar player and Duff [McKagan], we’re going to have the biggest, greatest fucking rock n’ roll band ever.’ And the next day, I met Izzy, and then I was leaving Izzy’s place and going over to this girl’s apartment that we all used to hang out at, and Axl is walking across the street.
“I stopped him in the middle of the street and said, ‘Dude, aren’t you that singer that played last night at Gazzarri’s? You were so great. I’ve got this guitar player and bass player that I want to introduce you to.’ As soon as we got together, it was magic. It just was perfect.”