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

Guns N’ Roses have decided to end a long-standing concert tradition after an Australian said she was injured at one of the band’s last concerts.

Over the weekend, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose announced he would no longer throw his mic into the crowd at the end of every concert – which he has been doing “for over 30 years”. His testimony came shortly after Rebecca Howe, of Andrews Farm, Australia, said Rose’s flying microphone hit her in the nose at a Guns N’ Roses show in Adelaide.

Howe told the Adelaide Advertiser that the impact of the microphone left her bleeding, “in shock and hyperventilating”. A common image shows purple cuts and bruises around Howe’s nose and eyes.

“It came to my attention that at the r show in Adelaide, Australia, a fan may have been injured when he was hit by the mic at the end of the show as I traditionally throw the mic to fans,” Rose wrote in a statement was shared on Friday on twitter.

“If that’s true, obviously we don’t want anyone to get hurt or in any way hurt anyone on any of the shows anywhere. …we always felt that this was a familiar part of the performance at the very end that the fans wanted and knew should have a chance to catch the mic. Irrespective of this, in the interests of public safety, we will from now on refrain from throwing microphones or anything similar to fans during or during performances.”

In an interview with the Adelaide Advertiser, Howe said that Rose “bowed and then… held up the microphone to the crowd” after performing the night’s final song, “Take Me Down To Paradise City.”

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

Howe said she was worried her nose was broken and her face “collapsed” before an “off-duty police officer” pulled her to one 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 both of his front teeth.

“What if he throws the mic back into the crowd and something worse happens?” Howe told the local news agency.

“What if it was a few 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 the incident in a “negative” and “irresponsible” manner that “couldn’t be further from reality.”

“We hope that the public and of course the fans realize that sometimes this happens,” he added. “A big thank you to everyone for understanding.”

After the Adelaide concert, Guns N’ Roses sued an online gun store called Texas Guns and Roses for allegedly leading consumers to believe the seller was affiliated with the band, according to NBC News. The complaint argues that the virtual store sold firearms and other items “without GNR’s approval, license or consent.”

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

“Our client sells metal safes for guns and flowers and has a one-stop website and absolutely no one is confused. Nobody thinks we are the band or there is an affiliation. We will fight back.”

Times news researcher Jennifer Arcand contributed to this report. Guns N’ Roses stops mic-throwing tradition after fan injured

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