|Fans Riot at Opening Night of Guns N’ Roses Tour|
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|Written by Bryan Dailey|
|Friday, 08 November 2002|
America’s normally polite neighbors to the north were as mad as hell last night. Guns N’ Roses fans at GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia began rioting after discovering that the opening date of the band’s first North American tour in over nine years had been canceled. G n’ R’s official spokeswoman stated that the show was cancelled due to technical difficulties with frontman Axl Rose’s airplane that delayed his flight. Angered by the news, a handful of angry fans rammed steel barricades through the box office windows and doors of the venue and shot bottle rockets and threw rocks at police who were on the scene. The officers responded with blasts of pepper spray and used their riot batons to subdue the crowd and arrested twelve people.
Rose’s attendance record at shows in Vancouver has been less than stellar as this is not the first time he didn’t perform as planned. Ten years ago G n’ R cancelled a show at the same venue, which fueled the anger of fans who paid $80 U.S. per ticket and had waited for a decade to see the band perform in Vancouver. This is not the first riot that has happened at a Guns N’ Roses show in Canada. In 1992, on a co-headlining tour stop in Montreal with Metallica, Axl Rose left the stage after only performing several songs which angered fans and incited a riot. This was the same night Metallica’s frontman James Hetfield was burned in a badly pyrotechnics accident. Instead of staying to give the fans their money’s worth, Axl called it quits early in the show, a selfish move that he’s often been known to do.
It is rumored that G n’ R will possibly reschedule the Vancouver show but there has been no official announcement by the band or their spokespeople.
Sources: RollingStone.com, MTV, VH1