Guns n Roses: Dublin Self Destruction ?

Guns N RosesI’ve been a fan of Guns n Roses since I first heard Welcome to the Jungle and Sweet Child O’Mine on pirate radio in 1987. Saw them through a hedge at Slane in 92 because I sneaked out of a new job and wasn’t supposed to be left the premises. Saw them here in 06, surprised when it started on time. This time I didn’t get to see them, being a poor broke student and not getting a press pass which I had hoped for.

So William decides not to go on stage in the 02 til 22.25, there’s a lot of boooing and then some throwing of beer and plastic bottles from the crowd, which really isn’t nice and if you were a real fan you wouldn’t be doing this, if he was late. Axl is a bit eccentric, but we all are in our own way. He asked for the throwing to stop and he told the audience that the band would leave the stage. And he did.

After some pleading from the promoters MCD who issued a statement this morning, the band reappeared and played the remainder of the gig. Here’s the fun part. Some ‘fans’ left. They left complaining that the gig was too short, this was terrible, they wanted refunds and called Adrian Kennedy on FM104.  Twitter was awash with the hashtag #gnr and the people that left were still complaining.

They were complaining that much that they didn’t notice or care that the band had actually come back out on stage. The current GNR played the remainder of the gig and the ‘fans’ that had left wanted to get back in. Doesn’t it normally say ‘NO RE-ENTRY’ on tickets?

I’ll probably get a few haters for this but TOUGH!! What did you think you were buying into when you spent €70 on a ticket ? Westlife or Daniel O’Donnell. It’s the same crap that people were complaining about when Pink performed Oh My God Live. It’s not for 7 year olds so don’t bring them.

There’s a reason why Axl still, despite being late and having a Diva reputation still attracts the crowds. It’s because he’s the last proper Rock N Roll Star.

Our society has become so PC and so full of bubblegum crap all the time that the general public seem to freeak the fcuk out if anything out of the norm happens. Get over it.

Lastly, if you or I went to our daily grind and got bottles and plastic glasses of unknown substances thrown at us, you’d walk off too. Remember Kings of Leon left the stage not so long ago over some birdshit.

Far from being Axl’s self destruction this was his self preservation. What happened last night, from accounts of my brother and my godson did not need to happen. If you’re not a fan of GNR why the hell did you go? No true fan, knowing the history of  the band would have been booing or throwing missles once Axl came onto the stage.

This incident has brought Dublin to the headlines, again for the wrong reasons. Our little island needs a fcuking wakeup call. People have become so insular and self absorbed, a whole new attitude is needed.

In the video pasted below you can hear the audience cursing and shouting profanities at the stage. Disgraceful twats. I wouldn’t put up with it, I wouldn’t expect anyone else to either.




  • Steve Boothby

    Why is he always late? Rock n Roll is no excuse for behaving the way he does. No excuse for throwing things at him but you can kind of understand the frustration of someone who has paid a fortune for the tickets, then worked out how to get to concert, spent weeks ,if not months looking forward to it then got there in plenty of time only to be disrespected by a late showing. Then having to miss the end of the concert , when most of the real classics are played, in order to not get stuck miles away from home. Yes, he has done it before, that only serves to say that he should be aware by now that his fans don’t like it. It almost appears that he wants to be left alone and no longer wants to perform.

  • nessy

    He has always been a diva.. Why the hell would people think he would have changed?

  • My comment maybe a few weeks late but I just saw your gig review and can’t believe you can stick up for a man and a tribute band that take the piss out of their fans…and people like you swallow it.

    Are you for real? My mate earns fuck-all and saved for 3 weeks to see this joke of a performance. There’s a curfew in the O2…most people thought they would only get half an hour of a show when he came on at 10.25…they’re entitled to boo if someone they’ve paid their hard-earned money to see starts taking the piss, which is what Axl did.

    The lights didn’t go up for safety reasons…the O2 staff said the gig was over and put the lights on. People had good reason to leave and from what I saw on YouTube and heard from people who stayed, Axl was rubbish when he came back on…he just stood there like a spoilt child and sang his bit…he only came back on because security wouldn’t let him leave the building…he didn’t give a fuck about the fans that were left there.

    Fans travelled from all over Ireland to see the show…they’d booked coaches and buses which leave at certain times…people don’t have the money to be fucked about in these times. Why can’t he come on stage on time? Always coming on stage late isn’t rock n roll…it’s not giving a shit about your fans.

    Axl didn’t go off because a few bottles were thrown at him…he went off because his ego couldn’t take people booing him. At Slane, there was tons of shit being thrown on stage but he was able to handle it then. I’ve seen lead singers spat on for an entire show and they’ve just got on with it. It may not be right but it happens. Someone threw a bottle of piss at Mike Patton and he just poured it over his head…another time, he pissed in it and threw it back….that’s rock n roll…not throwing a bitch-fit when a few plastic bottles are thrown at you for being a flute.

    I’ve seen a lot of old rock bands recently…Kiss, Maiden, Metallica…they come on stage pretty much on time, put on a great show and all treat their fans with respect. Pity Axl can’t do the same, the selfish prick.

  • nessy

    Thanks for all the comments guys. Ok here’s what I don’t understand, People are complaining that Axl was late, that he didn’t apologize. He has been doing this sort of stuff throughout his career. So why the hell would you think he was any different now?

    ‘if he ever dares return to Ireland for another shambolic show, he had better be prepared for the backlash of his latest stunt.’ what the hell does that mean? How comes that Belfast was a blinder the night before without any hassle or trouble?

    If you are paying 60 or 75 euro for a ticket you really should know what you’re investing in. Didn’t Ticketmaster even point out that GNR had a tendency of being late when they put the tickets on sale.. er yes.

    Yes I Loved the original GNR and Ive also said that I preferred Velvet Revolver when I compared last time I saw them both. Realistically The current Guns N Roses is one singer short of a tribute band. Axl probably should have made any new music under his own moniker.

    MCD like any other promoters are in business to make money. They rightly covered their asses.They wouldn’t book him if people didn’t or wouldn’t pay to see him. House lights would come on for safety reasons, these ‘fans’ obviously left straight away as MCD had a spokesperson and the boss come out on stage to update the crowd as they had details.

    This country has become a country of moanyholes, the weather, the economy, Brian Cowen, hell Tony Blair! Axl is just someone else to moan about. The whole country needs to man up.

  • Joe

    Are you for real as a fan of the band all the way back to 1988, I went to the gig, so axle was late showing a disregard for the fans who pay his wages, however the fans could have gotten over it if he apologized and didn’t act the dick, people are allowed boo him for being late he is not jesus f***n christ anymore you know he is past his prime and fronting a tribute band to his own youth!

    So a few people threw PLASTIC cups on stage, I’m sure its happened before, rather than ignoring it he threatened the already pissed off audience. What did he expect to happen, and by and large most fans were staring to enjoy the music, thats why most people go to gigs you know! However someone threw a plastic bottle up on stage and he stormed off! The arrogant dick, he could have made light of it and got on with the show.

    As for the fans that left when the house lights come on in any gig it normally means the gig is over so people started to leave and yes 22 minutes for 75 euro is a total rip off!

    However, it was obvious that he felt he should be allowed to disrespect his 15,000 fans by showing up late, not in a good mood and then getting booed by irate fans i think he needs a long overdue reality check! Of course the fault lies in those promoters who allow him to act the dick, showing up late and then making out is the promoters fault when the gig overruns its allotted time. If he doesn’t do the proper work he is contracted to do cut his fee, its not like he needs the money for food!!

    He only re appeared on stage in dublin because he was in fear of being sued for breach of contract.

    He has no regard for his fans and if he ever dares return to Ireland for another shambolic show, he had better be prepared for the backlash of his latest stunt.

    I have attended gigs in dublin for over 25 years and never had to put up with the shit that was guns n roses on September 1st 2010.

  • great read

  • Barry

    Good article. I think leaving people waiting for over an hour to see your band is shit, respect is a two way street in my opinion. If being a jerk means being a arrogant dick then I’m glad he’s one of the last.