While Guns N’ Roses fans may have been disappointed—but understanding—that original drummer Steven Alder wouldn’t be able to play with his bandmates on the reunion tour due to a back injury, Steven has been quietly (or not so quietly because, drums) letting GNR fans know that he’s back and ready for action.
Although he couldn’t join Axl, Slash, and Duff for their first show back at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, the drummer did make several appearances with GNR on their tour beginning in Cincinnati on July 6 when he reclaimed his throne for “My Michelle” and “Out Ta Get Me.” Adler subsequently made appearances with GNR in Nashville, Los Angeles, and most recently, Buenos Aires on November 5.
Many critics have doubted that Adler could play an entire set of Guns N’ Roses material, but now Steven has proved those critics wrong. As LA Weekly reported, Adler rocked out on a set of GNR songs with some local musicians at an after-show following his appearance with GNR in Buenos Aires. They bust out "Back Off Bitch," "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," "You Could Be Mine" and other GNR favorites.
It is important to note that the above-mentioned songs are from the Use Your Illusion era, albums that Adler only played one song on (“Civil War”). These were songs that critics believed Adler could not pull off due to the technical drumming of his replacement, Matt Sorum. But as the video shows, that is not the case. You can check out video from the after-show below.
Along with the video, Steven delivered a polite but firm message through music journalist Mitch Lafon, which LA Weekly shared. "For all the people that don't think I'm capable of playing songs off of Use You Illusion, here you go. Thank you for your concerns." It’s great to see Steven back on the throne again.