Saturday, December 3, 2022

Axl Rose issues statement regarding reported fan injury at Guns N’ Roses show

Axl Rose has issued a statement regarding reports of a fan injury at Guns N’ Roses’ November 29 concert at the Adelaide Oval on November 29.

According to The Adelaide Advertiser, concert-goer Rebecca Howe was left with two black eyes and a bust-up nose in the alleged incident, which happened when Rose threw his microphone into the crowd as the band was wrapping up their show.

“I was in Diamond Standing, so it wasn’t even right at the front, and it was the very last song, Take Me Down To Paradise City,” said Howe. “He took a bow and then he launched the microphone out to the crowd … and then bang, right on the bridge of my nose.”

Howe said she was left hyperventilating and in a state of shock for fear of the possible extent of her injuries as an off-duty police officer helped move her to the side of the crowd.

“What if it was a couple of inches to the right or left? I could have lost an eye … what if it hit me in the mouth and I broke my teeth?” she said. “If my head was turned and it hit me in the temple, it could have killed me.”

Watch video of the incident here.

In a response to the woman's claim, Rose posted a lengthy message to social media.

"It's come to my attention that a fan may have been hurt at r show in Adelaide Australia possibly being hit by the microphone at the end of the show when I traditionally toss the mic to the fans," he wrote. "If true obviously we don't want anyone getting hurt or to somehow in anyway hurt anyone at any of r shows anywhere.

"Having tossed the mic at the end of r show for over 30 years we always felt it was a known part of the very end of r performance that fans wanted and were aware of to have an opportunity to catch the mic. Regardless in the interest of public safety from now on we'll refrain from tossing the mic or anything to the fans during or at r performances.

"Unfortunately there r those that for their own reasons chose to frame their reporting regarding this subject in a more negative n' irresponsible out of nowhere light which couldn't b farther from reality. We hope the public and of course r fans get that sometimes happens.

"A BIG THANKS to everyone for understanding."

Guns N’ Roses will wrap up their 2022 live schedule in Auckland, NZ on December 10.

Get your copy of the new “Use Your Illusion I & II” box set here.

See also:

Guns N’ Roses fan reportedly injured by microphone thrown by Axl Rose
Guns N’ Roses announce London Hyde Park concert
Guns N’ Roses stream Super Deluxe Edition of Use Your Illusion box set
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