Axl Rose, the lead vocalist of the hard rock band Guns and Roses, upset his fans in Dublin last night. After waiting for the man who made ‘Patience’ famous to arrive on stage and provide the entertainment they paid dearly for, the fans showed their displeasure when he finally appeared – nearly an hour late.
AP reports that Rose has gained a reputation on his European tour of being consistently late. At 48 years of age, one would think he would be more gracious to those who still are willing to pay to see Rose and his replacement band perform, and that he would know how to tell time by now. Thousands of Irish fans may have decided to teach him a lesson by showing their displeasure: they hurled, among other things, water bottles on stage and at the band.
Although it was a small group doing the hurling routine, it was distractive and dangerous. Rose told the crowd the band was there to play, and warned that one more bottle would cause the band to leave the stage. Oh, sure, Axl, children react to that kind of statement by responding to the threat. They regard it as a dare.
Sure enough, when the song ended and he started to introduce the band, another bottle sailed onto the stage. Rose called it quits and walked off. The fans, more than likely the ones who had no part in the bottle-throwing, booed as he left the stage. If you did not see the video, you can watch it here.
Even though most of the fans left, Irish concert promoters MCD stated in no uncertain terms that the gig had to be finished. After an hour, Rose and the band returned to the stage to play for a paltry representation of the original crowd until almost 1 in the morning.
MCD and the 02 Arena issued a criticism of Rose’s long history of lateness on his tours, but also stated that no artist should be subjected to the behavior of the fans last night. Politicians, meanwhile, suggest that the fans should be given their money back. The average ticket cost approximately $92. Reporters have said that the lights came up and that security told the fans it was over and to head home.
There are several points I could make in conclusion, but instead, I have a couple of questions. As someone who has waited many times for the main attraction to appear, do Europeans normally get to see the band on time, thus being treated much better than the American fan? Secondly, as someone who has purchased tickets for events that did not happen, or barely started before they ended, and being subjugated to the First Amendment of Ticket Sellers, which says “tough for you” to the purchaser if the event fails, do Europeans generally get compensated if the event fails to materialize as pledged? Just curious.
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