Axl Apologises For 2002 Riot

Ten years later, he apologises for the infamous night when Guns N' Roses caused a riot when they failed to show up in Philadelphia in 2002.

Axl Apologises For 2002 Riot
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Ten years later, Axl Rose has apologised for the infamous night when Guns N' Roses failed to show up for a gig in Philadelphia in 2002. At the time, fans waited until 11:15pm before promoters cancelled the show. The resulting riot left five people hospitalised, while the band were reportedly still in New York following their previous show. Axl made the apology on Monday night when the band returned to Philadelphia on tour. He blamed his manager and tour promoters, but admitted he wasn't innocent either: "I got sued for about, everything I own," he told the audience (via Blabbermouth). "I did cancel the first show, at about six in the morning. My manager told me he canceled it and then didn't. And then Clear Channel wanted us to f--k up, because they wanted to end the tour ... but I got really sick. "So it's good to be here. I want to apologize for my part of that. I'm not saying I'm innocent." The 2002 Philly show might have sparked a riot, but Axl had long developed a reputation for lateness. His tardy showings during shows in the 90s bothered bandmates, and in 2001 the band were a full two hours late for the epic Rock in Rio. On some occasions, their late starting times force their set past official curfews. In 2010, organisers at Reading Festival pulled the plug on their set to avoid fines for noise pollution, and in the same year their set in London's O2 Arena sent them an hour past the official curfew. Watch Axl's apology here:
Should Axl be more respectful to patient fans, or is his attitude an acceptable part of being a classic rock star? Tell him what you think in the comments.

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    GrungeHippie26
    metallicaftwlp wrote: Only 10 years too late Axl...
    Being late is his speciality...
    onetonryan
    I'm still waiting for an apology for "Chinese Democracy". I wasted good money on that turd.
    mitchgosche2011
    henboyrules wrote: You know, Axl used to be a good frontamn in 87 and 88, his ego is way to big and he's blown his voice out. The only good thing about GnR now days is DJ Ashba and Bumblefoot. Axl wasted his life with drugs and now we're paying for it with crappy music and trash live shows.
    Axl is the only one in GnR that DIDN'T waste his life with drugs.
    link no1
    I'm someone who has waited in the crowd for Axl to arrive and let me say it was worth the wait.
    It would be exactly the same show as if he came on at the time he was supposed to. He should just STFU and start getting on stage when he is supposed to instead of just treating everybody around him like shit.
    burghUK
    onetonryan wrote: I'm still waiting for an apology for "Chinese Democracy". I wasted good money on that turd.
    It was a good album , better than the majority of shite pumped out these days
    MegadethFan18
    Unlike most of the band wagoners here I'm someone who has waited in the crowd for Axl to arrive and let me say it was worth the wait. They absolutely killed it. I'd rather wait and watch him give it his all than come on time and put in a half assed show. Like Sebastian Bach once said "It's Rock n Roll, you can't stay up a little late?"
    Steve-O~32
    i'm suprised anyone still shows up to GnR shows. I can't even keep track of who's in the band anymore
    engineno9
    I would love to see Axl put out a book. Anyone ever read that "wolf's version" of the 3 little pigs when they were growing up? It'll go something like that.
    tasty_tone101
    It never is really his fault is it?!? He is owning some responsibility, but his promotors, his crew, bla bla bla bla. He blamed everyone else for late starts when Eddie Trunk interviewed him on That Metal Show. However, if you read the books put out by Slash and Duff, you know it is 100% Axl's fault. The band would sit around back stage drinking booze while listening to the crowd get angry as time passed, until Axl finally decided to show up to the venue. Really people, it's not that hard to go on stage on time. He is the only one who pulls this crap. I have been to a ton of concerts and 99% of them start on time. This is his job. If you or me showed up to work 2 hours late, what do you think our boss would do?
    iommi600
    GrungeHippie26 wrote: metallicaftwlp wrote: Only 10 years too late Axl... Being late is his speciality...
    You sir, you're a genius.
    tasty_tone101
    I bought it for a buck at Best Buy a year ago...honestly, $1.00 - I never wanted to own it, but for a buck I thought I'd throw it in my CD collection. Listened to it twice, one time too many.
    onetonryan wrote: I'm still waiting for an apology for "Chinese Democracy". I wasted good money on that turd.
    WM121
    How the mighty have fallen.... As huge as his ego is at least he didn't solely blame everybody else but him. Progress?
    manicmuso
    Axl is an embarrassment to rock music, not because he's a bad at what he does but because he used to be the best. For someone that great to fall from glory and become one of the filthiest wankers music has ever seen is heartbreaking. People pay good money to see him turn up hours late, if at all, only for him to sing the same line in November Rain over and over because he's forgot the words. And the worst part is there's no upcoming bands to take him out of the picture... So we must continue to endure his crap.
    GaryBillington
    tasty_tone101 wrote: It never is really his fault is it?!? He is owning some responsibility, but his promotors, his crew, bla bla bla bla. He blamed everyone else for late starts when Eddie Trunk interviewed him on That Metal Show. However, if you read the books put out by Slash and Duff, you know it is 100% Axl's fault. The band would sit around back stage drinking booze while listening to the crowd get angry as time passed, until Axl finally decided to show up to the venue. Really people, it's not that hard to go on stage on time. He is the only one who pulls this crap. I have been to a ton of concerts and 99% of them start on time. This is his job. If you or me showed up to work 2 hours late, what do you think our boss would do?
    Slash & Duff's books (and Steve Adler's) can say what they want. It's only when Axl & Izzy have both done a book as well that we may be able to compare all 5 stories and deduce what the truth may have been. You have to have all sides of the story.
    Pippers
    The latest interview from a few months back on the "That Metal Show" was really telling. He seems really grounded now, and a bit upset of how the fans were treated back in the days of showing up late. Do a youtube search for it, it actually gave me more respect for the guy and he explained a lot of it and fessed up to his role in a lot of it. Very cool of him. Now if he'd just work with past members a bit more and get this show on the road like Van Halen, we'd be set.
    henboyrules
    You know, Axl used to be a good frontamn in 87 and 88, his ego is way to big and he's blown his voice out. The only good thing about GnR now days is DJ Ashba and Bumblefoot. Axl wasted his life with drugs and now we're paying for it with crappy music and trash live shows.
    hmcguire
    onetonryan wrote: I'm still waiting for an apology for "Chinese Democracy". I wasted good money on that turd.
    Maybe in 2018 my friend
    MegadethFan18
    Pippers wrote: The latest interview from a few months back on the "That Metal Show" was really telling. He seems really grounded now, and a bit upset of how the fans were treated back in the days of showing up late. Do a youtube search for it, it actually gave me more respect for the guy and he explained a lot of it and fessed up to his role in a lot of it. Very cool of him. Now if he'd just work with past members a bit more and get this show on the road like Van Halen, we'd be set.
    He's always been like that. He was Eddie Trunk's radio show in 2006 and he sounded like the coolest guy ever. Just chilling and having a laugh telling stories. Totally different to the stuff you read online People believe what they want to and all of the haters don't like GnR anyway so **** em. If UG constantly posted how great Axl was everyone would agree. Did no one see the James Hetfield interview on here last year where he said "Axl hasn't changed, he's always been the way he is" Guns till I die baby!!!
    G0dzilla
    Scutchington wrote: I love Axl, I love GNR and everything but honestly? When he dies I cannot wait to start referring to him as "The Late Axl Rose"
    LOL!
    MegadethFan18
    link no1 wrote: I'm someone who has waited in the crowd for Axl to arrive and let me say it was worth the wait. It would be exactly the same show as if he came on at the time he was supposed to . He should just STFU and start getting on stage when he is supposed to instead of just treating everybody around him like shit.
    Oh hi Knower of Destiny.
    tasty_tone101
    You're right that fair is fair and all sides should be heard. I own all three books and all three are good reads, and depict Axl in a negative way when it comes to performances. While I understand your fairness reasoning, it's hard to dispute how all three point the finger at one guy. Plus the Metallica guys all had negative things to say about his stage professionalism...so there's just too much evidence in my opinion to make him look like the victim. Plus Axl will never write a book. He'd loose his publisher for being late with the final draft.
    GaryBillington wrote: tasty_tone101 wrote: It never is really his fault is it?!? He is owning some responsibility, but his promotors, his crew, bla bla bla bla. He blamed everyone else for late starts when Eddie Trunk interviewed him on That Metal Show. However, if you read the books put out by Slash and Duff, you know it is 100% Axl's fault. The band would sit around back stage drinking booze while listening to the crowd get angry as time passed, until Axl finally decided to show up to the venue. Really people, it's not that hard to go on stage on time. He is the only one who pulls this crap. I have been to a ton of concerts and 99% of them start on time. This is his job. If you or me showed up to work 2 hours late, what do you think our boss would do? Slash & Duff's books (and Steve Adler's) can say what they want. It's only when Axl & Izzy have both done a book as well that we may be able to compare all 5 stories and deduce what the truth may have been. You have to have all sides of the story.
    Scutchington
    I love Axl, I love GNR and everything but honestly? When he dies I cannot wait to start referring to him as "The Late Axl Rose"
    .:!j.man!:.
    There should be no Axl hate in the comments, take this article for what it is, an appology at a show.
    Most_Triumphant
    I can just imagine how much detention Axl got in school for being tardy. If he ever showed up that is. Actually, I'm glad that he is finally growing up.
    Ganadote
    manicmuso wrote: Axl is an embarrassment to rock music, not because he's a bad at what he does but because he used to be the best. For someone that great to fall from glory and become one of the filthiest wankers music has ever seen is heartbreaking. People pay good money to see him turn up hours late, if at all, only for him to sing the same line in November Rain over and over because he's forgot the words. And the worst part is there's no upcoming bands to take him out of the picture... So we must continue to endure his crap.
    I would have to disagree and say that he's one of the last great rockers out there. He truly does not give a damn what other people think or about awards or whatever. He does what he wants for the music. He puts on at least 3 HOUR shows, and they are some of the best shows I have ever seen.
    ne14t
    What about the riot here in Vancouver in 2002 because they couldn't show up, I had tickets to that show *****s! Still dont trust GnR enough to buy another ticket, maybe if I get em for free.
    rocker222
    so now he has to do something like the bp commercial saying that hes sorry to really mean it.
    Pippers
    tasty_tone101 wrote: It never is really his fault is it?!? He is owning some responsibility, but his promotors, his crew, bla bla bla bla. He blamed everyone else for late starts when Eddie Trunk interviewed him on That Metal Show.
    No he did not. Rewatch it again, it's on youtube. He explained why HE was always delaying the start, and why HE was responsible for much of it. He also gave many other reasons, and they were all valid.
    samhell
    I heard they are always late because he has stage fright. I can respect this I guess, even though theres no need for it if they go out and kick ass.
    zn-1
    Good. Now apologize to Slash and get a reunion tour going.
    Skiny boy89
    Please go home and retire Axl you dis respective, unorganized horrible person. Your fans have given you the life style you're in now, you could at least respect them for that rather than showing up late, cancelling shows, causing riots and being a general idiot towards other bands.
    breakinslash
    hyper5 wrote: Who cares? Terrible hair metal band is and always has been terrible.
    I've got nothing to say other than 'Musically Oblivious 8th Grader'.
    caseharr33
    I bet it must suck to pay to see a show, to have the band being pompous asses cause a riot and land you in hospital. Yeah Axl you are not innocent, neither are you professional. Professionalism is showing up on time, and doing your job. Being Defiant just to cause trouble and hardship is just being a childish bully.
    hyper5
    Who cares? Terrible hair metal band is and always has been terrible.
    NoInnerKind
    MegadethFan18 wrote: Unlike most of the band wagoners here I'm someone who has waited in the crowd for Axl to arrive and let me say it was worth the wait. They absolutely killed it. I'd rather wait and watch him give it his all than come on time and put in a half assed show. Like Sebastian Bach once said "It's Rock n Roll, you can't stay up a little late?"
    I'm sure the people have no problem staying up late, but what if some of the people attending the show live outside of the state/province the show is taking place and are relying on public transportation to get home? If you're hoping to catch a bus, or shuttle after the show is over and you have it all booked and Axl decides he's gonna be an hour late, well then you're up shit creek without a paddle. No way to get home, no place to stay over night and after a show like that, probably very little cash. Axl needs to be a little more professional and start showing up on time.
    PsiGuy60
    Axl's chronic tardiness is just a part of who he is. It's a step in the good direction that he sees that and apologises for it. Now if only he realises that his band has had its best time about 20 years ago, we can all work toward improving the situation. Because quite frankly, as much as I agree he's a bit of a douche, the hatedom he's built up is the thing that annoys me most about him.
    SFosterS
    So much Axl hate. People seem so comfortable getting invisible high fives from internet strangers when they make an Axl joke. It just feels like it's "the cool thing to do". Big group of sheep. I'v been to his show. He was 2 hours late... during that time there was playground equipment on the stage with strippers crawling all over it. Sit and listen to music drinking beer and watching strippers waiting for Axl? No problem for me there. Then he puts on a 3 hour show. Can't wait to go again.