An all-star jam spearheaded by former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler took place Sunday (May 7) in Los Encinos Park in Encino, California at the conclusion of the third annual Ride For Ronnie motorcycle rally and concert, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. Adler was joined by a number of notable musicians, including Jeff Pilson (bass; DOKKEN, FOREIGNER), Alex Grossi (QUIET RIOT), Robert Sarzo (HURRICANE) on guitar, Patrick Stone (vocals; BUDDERSIDE), Lita Ford (vocals) and Michael Devin (bass; WHITESNAKE) for performances of three GUNS N’ ROSES classics: “Welcome To The Jungle”, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Rocket Queen”.
Video footage of the event can be seen below (courtesy of Ravinder Pilson).
Adler appeared with GUNS N’ ROSES onstage last November in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as on three separate occasions during the U.S. leg of the “Not In This Lifetime” tour last summer.
This marked Adler‘s first appearance with GUNS N’ ROSES since 1990, although he performed with members of the band at their 2012 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Speculation about Adler having some sort of involvement in the GUNS N’ ROSES reunion has been rampant ever since the band made it official with a surprise April 1, 2016 show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.
The regular GUNS N’ ROSES drummer for several years has been Frank Ferrer, who is also part of the current lineup that boasts classic-GN’R members Axl Rose, Slash and McKagan.
Adler revealed in February that he was originally supposed to appear at more than just a handful of shows on the GUNS N’ ROSES reunion trek. He told the “One On One With Mitch Lafon” podcast that he expected to sit behind the drum kit for all the “Appetite For Destruction” material during the entire tour, only to be told he was out after he hurt his back during rehearsals.
Adler was thrown out of GUNS N’ ROSES in 1990 due to his heavy drug use, a problem he struggled with for years after his dismissal.