One of my best mates is a drummer, and not much of a GNR fan (he loves the Chinese Democracy stuff though)
Anyway, way back in 93 or 94 I remember him saying how much he dug the "old drummer" and the other stuff didnt really do it for him.
Looking back-thats a fair assumption. I love UYI I and II but Steves playing brought something that when it wasnt there, stuck out like dogs balls.
Matt played it straight, and considering songs like November Rain or Estranged perhaps thats what best suited them-but Steve had the "feel" (wanky term,I know) but hey, unfortunately he couldnt behave himself and talking shit about Matt just makes him look petty, I mean it isnt Matts fault Steve fucked up and got fired.