Guns N’ Roses stops mic-throwing custom after fan injured

Guns N’ Roses has opted to desert a longstanding live performance custom after an Australian lady stated she was injured at one of many band’s latest reveals.

Over the weekend, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose introduced that he would now not toss his microphone into the group on the finish of every live performance — which he has performed “for over 30 years.” His assertion got here shortly after Rebecca Howe of Andrews Farm, Australia, stated Rose’s flying microphone struck her within the nostril at a Guns N’ Roses present in Adelaide.

Howe informed the Adelaide Advertiser that the influence from the mic left her bleeding, “in shock and hyperventilating.” A broadly circulated picture reveals purple cuts and bruises round Howe’s nostril and eyes.

“It’s come to my attention that a fan may have been hurt at r show in Adelaide Australia possibly being hit by the microphone at the end of the show when I traditionally toss the mic to fans,” Rose wrote in an announcement shared Friday on Twitter.

“If true obviously we don’t want anyone getting hurt or to somehow in anyway hurt anyone at any of r shows anywhere. … 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 on we’ll refrain from tossing the mic or anything to the fans during or at r performances.”

In an interview with the Adelaide Advertiser, Howe stated that Rose “took a bow and then … launched the microphone out to the crowd” after performing the ultimate music of the night time, “Take Me Down To Paradise City.”

“… and then bang, right on the bridge of my nose,” she recalled.

Howe said she worried that her nose was broken and that her face had “caved in” before an “off-duty police officer” pulled her to the side. According to the Adelaide Advertiser, another Australian fan, Darren Wright, took legal action against Guns N’ Roses in 2013 after a projectile microphone damaged his two front teeth.

“What if he throws the microphone again into the crowd and something worse happens?” Howe told the local news outlet.

“What if it was a couple of inches to the right or left? I could have lost an eye … what if it hit me in the mouth and I broke my teeth? If my head was turned and it hit me in the temple, it could have killed me.”

In his statement, Rose accused the media of reporting on the incident in a “negative” and “irresponsible” manner that “couldn’t be farther from reality.”

“We hope the public and of course r fans get that sometimes happens,” he added. “A BIG THANKS to everyone for understanding.”

Following the Adelaide concert, Guns N’ Roses sued an online gun store called Texas Guns and Roses for allegedly tricking consumers into believing that the vendor was linked to the band, according to NBC News. The complaint argues that the virtual shop has been selling firearms and other items “without GNR’s approval, license or consent.”

“There’s never been any confusion (between the band and the website) and they have no evidence of confusion,’’ an attorney for the gun store’s parent company, Jersey Village Florist, told NBC News.

“Our client sells metal safes for guns and flowers, and have a one-stop website and absolutely no one is confused. Nobody thinks we’re the band or there is some affiliation. We will be fighting back.’’

Times news researcher Jennifer Arcand contributed to this report.