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Axl Rose angers Guns N' Roses fans by walking off stage in Dublin

09/02/2010 by Corinne Heller

Axl Rose walks off the stage of the O2 arena in Dublin, Ireland on Sept. 1, 2010. (Photo courtesy of YouTube user fergusgannon2008) Axl Rose angered thousands of fans at a recent Guns N' Roses concert in Dublin, Ireland by showing up nearly an hour late and then walking off the stage after several members of the crowd hurled bottles and other objects at the band.

"Ok, here's the deal. One more bottle, we go home," Rose said after the rock band stopped playing their second song - their 1987 hit "Welcome to the Jungle" - moments after starting, while another person on his hands and knees cleaned the floor around him.

"It's up to you," Rose said. "We want to stay, we want to have some fun. If you don't want to have fun, all you got to do is let us know, we got no problem. We'll go on our way."

The crowd continued to boo and swear at the band and Rose eventually left the stage of the O2 arena, saying: "Have a good evening."

An announcer later said: "We're trying hard to get Axl back on stage. I would ask you please to refrain from throwing items at him."

The band returned to the stage about an hour later to a mostly empty venue and didn't stop playing until nearly 1 a.m., the Associated Press said, adding that concert promoters and the venue issued a joint statement criticizing Rose for having "a long history for being late on stage," but emphasized that "no artist should be subjected to missiles and unknown substances being thrown at them."

The band has not commented. Guns N' Roses became famous in the 1980s and 1990s and Rose is the only original band member. Guitarist Slash and drummer Steven Adler have since quit or had been forced to leave the group amid drug issues and legal disputes.

The band has been touring Asia, Canada, South America, Central America and Europe since the group released its 2009 album, Chinese Democracy, which was not touted as one of their bigger successes.

Guns N' Roses gaves its first official U.S. concert in four years on Friday at the Rock N' Rev Festival, part of the Sturgis Rally's 70th anniversary celebration in Sturgis, South Dakota. Guns N' Roses performed several secret shows during New York's Fashion Week earlier this year, Rolling Stone had said. The group is set to return to perform a series of concerts in Europe at the end of August.

Check out a video of Axl Rose walking off the stage in Dublin, Ireland (Warning: Explicit language used):


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