Sticksman justifies comments by claiming 'It's hard to see your ex in bed with somebody else'…

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Alder has apologized for calling the band’s new line-up ‘Axl And His Hacks’.

The sticksman made the scathing comments last week (March 30), when he claimed that the new incarnation of the group weren’t fit to use its name. Adler, along with guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, is one of the band’s original members and will join them for their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction, which takes place in Cleveland, Ohio on April 14.

Adler had previously claimed that, although both he and Slash wanted to perform at the ceremony, plans for an onstage reunion had been scuppered by Rose – but, speaking to Antimusic, he has now said sorry for his previous outburst.

“Sometimes my emotions get the best of me when talking about my former band,” he said, before adding:

It’s hard to see your ex in bed with somebody else. We created one of the biggest selling debut albums of all time and it’s not secret that I want to finish what we started 25 years ago and play together at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

He went on to say: “The guys that Axl has put together are all great players. They’re not hacks in the sense that they can’t play, they’re all incredible musicians. I just meant that they are not the original line-up. I would like to apologize to Axl, Bumblefoot, DJ, Tommy, Dizzy, Richard, Frank, and Chris for my statement.”

The current line-up of Guns N’ Roses are set to tour the UK later this year. The band, who are currently working on new material for the follow-up to ‘Chinese Democracy’, will play eight shows across the UK as part of a full European tour this May.

They will play:

Nottingham Capital FM Arena (May 19)
Liverpool Echo Arena (20)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (23)
Glasgow SECC (25)
Birmingham LG Arena (26)
Manchester Evening News Arena (29)
London O2 Arena (31, June 1)

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