STEVEN ADLER Rejoins GUNS N' ROSES On Stage In Cincinnati

STEVEN ADLER Rejoins GUNS N' ROSES On Stage In Cincinnati

Drummer Steven Adler rejoined GUNS N' ROSES on stage earlier tonight (Wednesday, July 6) in Cincinnati, Ohio to perform two songs: "Out Ta Get Me" and "My Michelle". This marked Adler's first appearance with GN'R since 1990.

Singer Axl Rose introduced the drummer to the Brown Stadium crowd by simply saying: "On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Steven Adler." After playing "Out Ta Get Me", Axl said: "I guess we should do another."

Fan-filmed video footage and photos of Adler's appearance can be seen below.

The rest of the Cincinnati show featured the same GUNS N' ROSES lineup that played seven headlining gigs in April, as well as several stadium dates in late June and earlier this month: singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, alongside keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer. Also appearing with them was second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

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A source close to GUNS N' ROSES told LA Weekly that Adler was having back surgery around the time of GUNS N' ROSES' April 1 concert at The Troubadour, which was the real reason his band ADLER canceled its show at the Whisky A Go Go. The LA Weekly writer claimed that he was also "told [Adler was] not ready to tour with GN'R, not yet, and maybe not ever."

Fan speculation around the involvement of Adler had been heavy, with some of the bandmembers reportedly not sure whether the drummer, who has a longer history of drug problems than any of the other musicians, could hold it together on the road.

Adler was fired from GUNS N' ROSES in 1990 for his rampant drug use and replaced by Matt Sorum.

Adler said last October that he would be the last person to hear about his involvement in a GUNS N' ROSES reunion because Slash couldn't trust him to keep the information secret. "I've known for Slash thirty-what… thirty-nine years, and he knows that I would climb to the [highest] mountain and I would do, as Paul Stanley would say, 'shout it out loud,'" he said.

Adler told VH1 Classic's Eddie Trunk in a separate interview about the possibility of his involvement in a GN'R reunion: "I love those guys, and I always will, but Duff, he doesn't think I'm cool. And Slash, he doesn't believe that I have [two years] sober. He doesn't believe it. I don't know why, but they forget that at one time in their life, they were doing drugs and drinking and they were fucking up. They forget that they were like that too. Duff has got 20 years sober or more, Slash has got, like, 11 or 12 years sober, and I've got [two years]. So everybody gets it at a different time. I'm just thankful I got it."

He expressed frustration that the original GUNS had not reunited, saying, "I don't get it. We just play music. We're living our dream. When we're together, we play it really great. Let's just do it. What's the problem?"


OMG, Steven is back. ?? @Regrann from @kol614 - #stevenadler on drums? . #gunsnroses #gnr #Regrann

A video posted by María Virginia (@mvircorrales) on







So fucking cool! #StevenAdler + @gunsnroses I'm crying ?? #GnFnR #gunsnroses #NotInThisLifetime

A photo posted by Duff McKagan (@familiamckagan) on


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