We all know rock ‘n’ rollers like to drink. That’s a fact.
But to cancel a concert because you couldn’t drink onstage seems a bit extreme, if not downright irresponsible to the fans. Well irresponsible and extreme sum up Axl Rose quite nicely.
Axl and his current Guns n' Roses lineup were told by Portland fire marshal that due to all their pyro, they couldn’t drink onstage….and the band didn’t take it to kindly. In fact, they cancelled their show last Monday at the Cumberland County Civic Center, blaming it on strict last minute regulations set by the Maine Public Safety Department, who say state law prohibits performers from drinking while on stage, and prohibits employees at establishments with liquor licenses from drinking on the job.
The band released a statement telling fans they cancelled the gig…the problem is that they didn’t mention anything about the drinking thing. They kinda conveniently left that party out and placed the blame instead on the fire marshals for "making it impossible for the band to perform their show to the usual high standards that their fans deserve." The high standard being drunk, of course.
Inspectors say the no-drinking order when they came to look over the pyrotechnics planned for the gig, but the band insisted they need to drink beer, wine and Jagermeister while performing so a couple of hours later they canceled the concert.
"It was important for us to play there and it is a shame that what should have been a great night for all of us was not possible due to the actions of two people," said Axl Rose in a statement. "I agree with, and ultimately take responsibility for, the end decision not to jeopardize the safety of the fans, the crews, the bands and myself as a result of the methods of these particularly draconian authorities. We hope to find another way to play for you in the future."
I love how serious the tone of the statement is. But I gotta say, I side with Axl on this one. Pour me another drink!
GN'R: No drinking on stage? No show!