Guns N’ Roses did something Wednesday night in Cincinnati they haven’t done in more than 25 years: they performed with original drummer Steven Adler.
Adler joined lead singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and keyboardist Dizzy Reed at Paul Brown Stadium for two songs: “My Michelle” and “Out Ta’ Get Me.” According to Billboard.com, Rose invited the drummer out, announcing to the crowd, "On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Steven Adler!"
Adler was booted from the band in 1990 due to drug use, though he did return to play with GNR (though notably, without Rose) during their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2012.
The band shared a photo on Instagram and Twitter of Adler behind the drum set with the caption, “Something just happened in Cincy right now…” as well as, “Live from Cincy… #NotInThisLifetime…” Adler later joined the band on stage again for their bow.
Wednesday night’s Cincinnati performance was part of Guns N’ Roses’ “Not in This Lifetime” tour which runs through August.
Watch YouTube video of the "classic era" lineup's performance with Adler here. (Warning: Video contains profanity that some users may consider offensive.)