After the chaotic ending to their set at the Reading festival last weekend, Guns N’ Roses appear to be continuing their rock diva antics at tonight’s concert in Dublin’s O2. According to reports reaching us here at State HQ, the band arrived on stage behind schedule and played for around 20 minutes before Axl Rose departed the stage after missiles were apparently thrown towards the band. It’s a move that lead many in the crowd to believe the show had ended but, with most of the audience having already departed the venue, the latest news we’re receiving is that the band have since returned to continue their set.
State’s own Lorna Begg has a rundown of events here.
What happened over the next hour and a half was surreal, with O2 venue staff coming on stage to announce the walk off was due to ‘technical difficulties and that the band would be returning to the stage, to a member of staff from promoters MCD, appearing on stage to try stop the ever depleting crowd from leaving the building. Most of the crowd at this stage were livid and were calling for a refund of tickets and many left the venue very angry with what had just happened. There are reports going around of people being ushered out of the venue when the house lights went up and then not allowed back into the venue when the band finally did return on stage but I can only give my experience of the night. The band returned about an hour after they had first arrived on stage to finish a set which include ‘Rocket Queen’, ‘November Rain’ and ‘Nightrain’ but their hearts were clearly not in it. The mighty ‘Paradise City’ finally brought the longest hour and a half performance to a close.