Guns N' Roses Fan Ejected From Concert Over Slash T-Shirt
Some things are ridiculous. Some things can even be ree-damn-diculous.
Then there's Axl Rose still having the mentality of a 13-year-old girl whose best friend sat at another table during lunch.
According to NME, the feud between the Guns n' Roses lead singer synonymous with the original hard-rocking, hard-living lineup's excesses and former guitarist Slash has even reached a symbolic battleground. Both security personnel from London's O2 Arena and at least one aggravated fan claim security at venues on the current Gn'R lineup's tour have been ordered to eject anybody wearing a T-shirt bearing the top-hatted shredder's likeness.
According to NME's source, 18-year-old James Revell was spotted wearing a Slash T-shirt under his jacket last night, after which security told him that it was either the shirt or his seat. The source reportedly followed up with the guard who detained Revell, and was told he and other personnel "were told by the management not to allow anyone into the O2 Arena who is wearing a Slash T-shirt, and we are asking anyone who is to remove it and if they refuse they will be turned away." The guard apparently also told NME's source that the mandate applied even to fans seated far from the stage's immediate view.
Maybe Axl just senses a dark presence in the Force.
In addition to being understandably pissed that Axl and Company took the stage so late, that Revell only saw three songs performed, he added to NME, "I felt very angry because I was looking after my little brother at the time and felt as though my freedom to wear what I want had been taken away from me. However I did not react angrily as I didn't want to spoil the show for him. I believe the asked me to do this because Axl Rose has some problem with Slash and if he saw me wearing the shirt he might have stormed off stage."
The man's got a point. Rock's biggest whiney-butt has pouted off over....well, maybe not less than a T-shirt, but certainly over equally little.
Unfortunately, it's hard not to award Revell the "What The Hell Did You Expect?" Award, too.
"I have never experienced anything as insulting as that at a concert before and I had to sit there in my little brother's jumper and wait for Axl to turn up well over an hour late, which we could only stay to watch three songs as we had to catch a train back," Revell said. "I think that Axl Rose doesn't appreciate his fans or anyone for that matter, he needs to grow up and stop acting like a child."
Might as well ask a fish not to swim.
Not long ago, Rose and Slash's long-standing beef spilled over onto the band's Class of 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. After what he deemed back-sass by critics, fans and former band mates, Rose wrote an open letter not only declining induction, but making it clear he'd authorized nobody to accept the honor on his behalf, either.
Tonight's 02 Arena show finishes up the band's current U.K. tour, which has also included an 11:15 PM start time for a recent Manchester gig.