Axl Rose took to social media on Friday (December 2nd) to announced that he's done throwing his mic into the audience after a woman was reportedly seriously injured.
Billboard reported that during Guns N' Roses' November 29th concert in Adelaide, Australia at the Adelaide Oval, a concertgoer named Rebecca Howe suffered two blackened eyes and a “busted nose.”
Axl Rose tweeted a message to fans, which reads in full:
It’s come to my attention that a fan may have been hurt at our 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. If true, obviously we don’t want anyone getting hurt or to somehow in any way hurt anyone at our shows anywhere.
Having tossed the mic at the end of r shows 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 we’ll refrain from tossing the mic or anything to the fans during or at r performances.
Unfortunately there are 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 be farther from reality. We hope the public and of course fans get that sometimes happens.
A BIG THANKS to everyone for understanding.
IN OTHER GNR NEWS
Guns N' Roses have taken legal action against an online weapon store named Texas Guns and Roses. The band filed suit on December 1st in Los Angeles Federal Court citing the website is attempting to “con” fans into thinking the band is associated with the business and is suing for an undisclosed sum.
CNS reported, “The lawsuit alleges that Texas company Jersey Village Florist operates the online store texasgunsandroses.com — selling firearms, ammunition, scopes and body armor through the mail — 'without GNR's approval, license or consent.' The plaintiffs allege that Jersey Village Florist 'selected and adopted defendant's marks for the purpose of confusing consumers into believing that it was connected or associated with, or licensed by, GNR.'”
The legal brief, which cites the band's partners as Axl Rose, Saul “Slash” Hudson, and Michael “Duff” McKagan, goes on to explain: “This is particularly damaging to GNR given the nature of defendant's business. GNR, quite reasonably, does not want to be associated with defendant, a firearms and weapons retailer. Furthermore, defendant espouses political views related to the regulation and control of firearms and weapons on the website that may be polarizing to many U.S. consumers.” (CNS)