Gemäß eines Artikels im Sunday Mirror, hat sich der 44jährige GUNS N ROSES Sänger Axl Rose geweigert, bei einer Reunion Show in Newcastele am 19. Juli zu spielen. Er bestand zuvor auf einen Lammbraten und sorgte damit für Unruhen unter den Fans.
Während der Sänger gemütlich sein Essen verspeiste mussten tausende Fans 75 Minuten warten und wurden zunehmend verärgert.
GUNS N' ROSES Gitarrist Richard Fortus hat die Berichte, dass es beinahe zu Ausschreitungen zurückgewiesen und äußerte sich wiefolgt:
"To my knowledge, there was never a bottle thrown at the stage while we were on it. Newcastle (in my opinion), was one of (if not the), best shows of the tour. It was also the hottest! It was a steam bath! The fans were amazing, and seemed 100% with us the entire show. It was a really magical show for me, until the very end.
During 'Night Train', someone threw a coin and it hit Axl and he stopped us and we walked off. We made an announcement that we weren't going to keep playing if anything else was thrown. Unfortunately, we came back, started the song again and the same thing happened. So we left. That's what this band has always done when people keep throwing shit. Maybe people were booing in the back. If they were, I sure as hell didn't hear it nor did I see it. Except for some asshole that ruined it for everyone, it was one of the greatest shows of my life. The Newcastle audience was amazing.
The press reports that I've read made it sound as though we were bottled and booed off the stage, but as usual they are full of shit. That includes the story about Axl refusing to go on until he got a roast duck dinner. Complete bullshit. I know, I was with him. Blatant lies. Don't believe what you read kiddies!
The fans have been amazing here in Europe. It's pretty overwhelming.
I'd like to personally thank all the fans that have come to the shows. Especially the ones that didn't come as fans, but left as fans. Your emails and all the posts on the websites have really meant a lot.
Oh yeah, one more thing. Izzy Stradlin [former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist, who has been making guest appearances with the current GNR lineup on their U.S. and European dates] is one of the coolest people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. It's a pleasure to play with him and to hang out with him.
Again, thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone that has helped make this tour so much fun."