Guns N' Roses Leave Dublin Stage After Being Pelted with Water Bottles
Published Sep 02, 2010It's been a shaky week for Guns N' Roses. First, they showed up an hour late for their performance at Reading Festival and had their set cut short when they ran over the curfew; then, just days later, a similar incident occurred at Leeds Festival. Now, frontman Axl Rose pulled the plug on a Guns N' Roses show in Dublin last night (September 1) after fans pelted him with water bottles.
As has become their custom, the band showed up an nearly hour late for their set at the O2 arena, and were greeted with boos. When members of the audience began throwing bottles, Rose said, "All right, here's the deal: one more bottle, we go home. It's up to you."
The band resumed playing, but evidently the bottles kept flying, since they exited the stage soon after. You can watch video of the incident below, as a promoter comes on stage and pleads, "We're trying hard to get Axl to come back on stage. I will ask you, please, to refrain from throwing items at him. I promise you a great show, but you need to calm, please."
BBC Newsbeat reports that the band eventually returned to the stage an hour later at 11:30 p.m. local time and played until 1 a.m. The promoters have released a statement apologizing for the incident but added, "No artist should be subjected to missiles and unknown substances being thrown at them."