Classic Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler said Axl Rose should’ve released 2008’s “Chinese Democracy” as a solo record, telling WRIF:
“I think Axl should have called it W-A-R, instead of Guns N’ Roses. If he called it WAR, it wouldn’t have sold any records, but having the Guns N’ Roses name, it was able to sell a few.
“That was like a solo record, there wasn’t one other person from the original band on it. I think there were probably 20 people playing on it, it took 17 years to make – that’s more like a solo record.
“Axl is really talented and very smart, I love him, I wish I could give him a hug and a kiss, but I can’t see him.
“I think the music that we made in the beginning of our career is what kept the name alive, because him doing 17 years of nothing to make a record, I thought for sure that he was going to come out with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ or ‘The Wall,’ or ‘Quadrophenia.’
“I thought, ’17 years to make a record, this is going to be ‘Quadrophenia’ or ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ one of those great records.’ But it’s just Axl’s solo record.
“Axl is great. When you’re great, you’re great. But Appetite sold 100 million records, and that one sold 500,000. There you go.”