Axl Rose ends Guns N’ Roses concert ritual after fan was ‘hurt’ by microphone thrown into audience

Axl Rose is holding his microphone for now.

The Gun N’ Roses frontman penned a lengthy statement on Twitter following a report that a fan at a concert in Australia was injured after Axl threw the mic into the audience – a long-standing tradition that marked the end of a GNR show announced.

“It has come to my attention that a fan may have been injured at a show in Adelaide, Australia, possibly hit by the microphone at the end of the show, when I traditionally throw the microphone at the fans,” he wrote.

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Axl Rose tweeted that he will not throw the microphone into the audience after a fan was allegedly injured during a Guns N’ Roses concert.
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After the band’s last song, “Paradise City”, Rose threw the microphone into the sea of ​​people at Adelaide Oval last week and allegedly punched Rebecca Howe in the face. Howe said she had two black eyes.

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“Of course, if true, we don’t want anyone to get hurt or hurt anyone in any way at any of the shows anywhere,” Axl wrote.

“After more than 30 years of throwing the mic at the end of the show, we’ve always felt it was a familiar part of the end of the show that fans wanted and knew they had the chance to get the microphone.”

Guns N' Roses was founded in 1985 in Los Angeles.

Guns N’ Roses was founded in 1985 in Los Angeles.
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He added, “However, in the interest of public safety, we will from now on refrain from throwing the microphone or anything at the fans during or at performances.”

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“Unfortunately, there are those who, for reasons of their own, chose to cast their coverage of this topic in a more negative and irresponsible light that couldn’t be further from reality. We hope that the audience and of course the fans understand that sometimes happens.

“THANKS everyone for understanding.”

Axl wrote that he would "throw nothing away" to fans from the stage after the incident.

Axl wrote that he would “throw nothing” to fans from the stage after the incident.
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Hundreds of GNR fans were appalled at Rose’s tweet. One follower wrote that it was “one of the best days/nights” of their lives after taking the mic at a Guns N’ Roses show.

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Howe told the Adelaide Advertiser after the incident: “What if it was a few inches to the right or to the left? I could have lost an eye… what if it hit me in the mouth and I broke my teeth? If my head had twisted and it hit me in the temple, it could have killed me.”

The band – including Slash, Duff McKagan, Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer and Melissa Reese – heads to New Zealand for two more tour stops on their highly anticipated 2020 tour, which was postponed due to the pandemic. They will end the Guns N’ Roses 2020 Tour in London at Hyde Park on June 30, 2023.

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