In an exclusive statement released to UG, Guns N' Roses vehemently denied ordering the venue security to seize and destroy a sign saying "WHERE'S IZZY" from a woman in attendance at the band's recent show in Nashville. TN.
The band's representative tells us: "GN'R would never make this request! Izzy is family!"
So it would seem that it was the venue security and stage staff who overreacted and ripped up that sign.
And yes, this is a lot of recent GN'R updates, but the darn things keep popping up; hopefully it'll tone down a bit and you folks won't get yer titties in too much of a twist.
Anyhow, as reported, the woman with a sign goes by the name of Caroline Campos, and she said about the whole situation: "Last night I had this 'Where's Izzy' sign. If you know about Guns N' Roses and you've seen the 'Don't Cry' music video, you get it. If not, it's a reference to Izzy Stradlin who left the band and is not currently touring with the other four original members.
"So when the original drummer Steven Adler came out to play his set, I held up my sign with cheers from most of the people in my section. Axl looked at my sign and started laughing and said 'That's a good question!' He seemed to appreciate the sign.
"I put the sign away during actual performances so I wouldn't block the people behind me, only held it up between songs when the lights came on.
"About 10 to 15 minutes later, while GnFnR was playing 'November Rain,' our section got swarmed by security AND stage crew (with headsets on). They went row by row asking 'Who has the sign?? Who has the 'Where's Izzy sign'?' Most everyone in my section acted like they had no idea. Eventually, they made it to the row behind me and saw the sign tucked under my chair.
"A guy in jeans and a black shirt tapped my shoulder and said 'Is that your sign? You need to give it to me.' I said 'Why? Who are you?' He showed a badge and said, 'I'm with the band and they've asked for the sign to be removed.'
"I said, 'We aren't allowed to have signs?? But I read that...' and he cut me off and said, 'You can't have THAT sign. Give it to me.' I gave it to him and he walked away folding and ripping it up.
"Axl Rose hasn't changed a bit!"