Fans pining for a reunion of the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup (or, for that matter, the release of the long-awaited Chinese Democracy, from the current lineup) probably shouldn’t hold their breath for, well, either at this point. But if original Guns drummer Steven Adler is to be believed, there is a small glimmer of hope on the horizon. Guitar World caught up with Adler at the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma, this past weekend, where he revealed he will be part of a special event celebrating the 20th anniversary of Guns N’ Roses’ seminal debut album, Appetite for Destruction, scheduled to take place at the Key Club, in Los Angeles, on July 28. Said Adler, “I’ll be down there with my band [Adler’s Appetite], and Slash, Izzy [Stradlin] and Duff [McKagan] will be there too. It’s gonna be great.”
But while Adler promises a reunion of four-fifths of the original Guns lineup (the Key Club web site currently lists performances by Adler’s Appetite, LA Guns and “very special guests”), what about the infamous fifth member? The drummer doesn’t expect Axl Rose to show for the gig, though he is confident that a full reunion will happen…eventually. “Axl and I spoke to each other in Las Vegas recently, and I know there’s a chance,” Adler said. “It’s just too big. Whatever the Stones make when they play, we’d triple it. It’d be ridiculous not to do it. He can’t be that goofy.”
Tickets for the July 28 show at the Key Club are on sale now, at Ticketmaster.com.