Gino Alache of Rockumradio.com conducted an interview with former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler last night (Tuesday, September 18) prior to ADLER'S APPETITE's concert in Lima, Peru. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
On how he's being treated by the American music press:
"[The American press is] disrespectul. American people are very spoiled and have to have it their own way. People hate to see other people progress, get successful, and doing something that they wanted to do. American people are, if they can't do it, then nobody should do it. That's the kind of attitude I feel when I go to America. It's totally different in South America. There's so much love and respect and appreciation and love for the music… I'm telling you, there's nothing like playing South America. And usually they [the American press] don't even know about the person's personal life. It's things that they make up. I've got this bad reputation because of press in America, [because of] what happened with GUNS N' ROSES in the '90s — that I'm this super-fucked-up person and this, and I'm on drugs… I didn't invent drugs. I'm not the only one who's ever done drugs. And I'm certainly not gonna be the last person to have done drugs. People just wanna bring me down in America. Like I said, if they can't do it, nobody can do it. And it's wrong. South America — it's a different world, a totally different world. You just cross the border and it's a different world. It's wonderful."
On whether he ever played in South America with GUNS N' ROSES:
"I never had a chance. I missed out on that. [Matt Sorum] was very lucky. He took over my life, practically. Everything I worked for, Slash and the guys just gave to him."
On the amazing reaction GUNS N' ROSES received when they first played in South America (with Matt Sorum):
"The crowd wasn't excited about seeing him [Matt Sorum] — it was they were excited about still seeing Slash and Duff and Izzy and Axl performing. He was just in the background. They were just missing something."
On his current relationship with his former GUNS N' ROSES bandmates:
"It's been wonderful because I've been talking to them a lot lately. They feel the same way I do — it's just a matter of Axl wanting to, [being] ready to do it. But all four of us wanna do this — have a nice, good reunion and play for everybody. Finish what we started doing. That's what we wanna do. And Slash and Izzy and Duff — even Axl, but I Axl wants to put his record out. I don't know… I can't say."
On the recent GUNS N' ROSES near-reunion at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California:
"Yeah, it was great. Matt Sorum and that other guy, that singer, that Scott Weiland guy [of VELVET REVOLVER] — that's why Slash didn't come up and play, because they kept calling him and being all upset, like, 'What are you doing here?' Like little babies, little kids. I was like, 'What the fuck? Just go have him play a couple of songs.' They were like, 'Oh, we don't want you to.' It was crazy."
Download an MP3 of the entire six-and-half-minute interview at this location.
Watch video footage of ADLER'S APPETITE performing the GUNS N' ROSES classic "Sweet Child O' Mine" in Lima, Peru on September 18, 2007: