According to Australia’s long-running rock station Triple M, the promoter of the GUNS N’ ROSES tour in the country has promised fans Axl Rose will not be late for his band’s concerts.
“Axl will be on stage on time, so any of those fairyheads saying he won’t be, good luck!” Andrew McManus told the station.
Axl has long been hammered for being being late on stage, sometimes up to two hours late, but McManus says he’s got his act together.
“The great thing is that the last 12 months he’s been on stage on time. I can guarantee all the punters that do go, he has been exemplary,” he said.
“He’ll promise you, he’ll be on stage at the right time, so don’t be fearful. [If] you rock out there two hours late and think you’re going to see him… the show will be over.”
Joining GUNS N’ ROSES on the Australian tour will be special guests ZZ TOP and Aussie rockers ROSE TATTOO.
The dates are as follows:
March 09 – Perth, WA, Australia – Perth Arena
March 12 – Sydney, NSW, Australia – Allphones Arena
March 13 – Newcastle, NSW, Australia – Hunter Stadium
March 17 – Melbourne, VIC, Australia – Sidney Myer Music Bowl
March 20 – Brisbane, QLD, Australia – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
GUNS N’ ROSES‘ 2001 show at Rock In Rio saw the band take to the stage two hours late, and while the crowd waited patiently for them on that occasion, this has not been the case at other shows.
In 2010, organizers of the Reading festival in England pulled the plug on GUNS N’ ROSES‘ PA, silencing them after they took to the stage an hour late and tried to overrun the event’s curfew time by over half an hour.
GUNS N’ ROSES‘ was reportedly fined $108,000 (£72,000) by officials at London’s O2 Arena in October 2010 after Rose‘s late stage appearance meant he and his bandmates went over the venue’s strict 11 p.m. curfew. The fans were so upset about GUNS N’ ROSES‘ tardiness at the first of the two London shows that they were throwing things at Axl Rose. He told the audience not to be doing that because they could miss him and hit someone at the front of the stage by accident. They wouldn’t want that to happen, he added. The concert organizers allowed them to play for the extra hour over curfew for two gigs.
At GUNS N’ ROSES‘ lone U.S. concert appearance in 2010 in Sturgis, South Dakota, the crowd — composed largely of bikers — was forced to wait the usual two hours before Rose arrived. Rather than rioting, however, those in attendance either littered the stage with debris or simply left.