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03rd Dec 2022

Guns N’ Roses fan hit in face by microphone thrown by Axl Rose at concert

Steve Hopkins

‘If my head was turned and it hit me in the temple, it could have killed me’

A concertgoers was left with blood everywhere after a microphone thrown by Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose during a concert in Australia hit her in the face.

Rebecca Howe was left with two black eyes and a bust-up nose after the incident which occurred at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday night, the Adelaide Advertiser reports.

After singing the band’s last son, Take Me Down To Paradise City, Rose launched the microphone into the audience, where it struck Howe who was in the Diamond Stand, so “wasn’t even right at the front”.

“He took a bow and then he launched the microphone out to the crowd … and then bang, right on the bridge of my nose,” Howe told the Advertiser.

While the microphone was caught by another attendee, Howe was left hyperventilating and in a state of “shock”.

“My mind went, ‘Oh my God, my face is caved in,” she said.

An off-duty police officer then helped move Howe to the side of the crowd.

She told the Advertiser her injuries could have been much worse: “What if it was a couple of inches to the right or left? I could have lost an eye … what if it hit me in the mouth and I broke my teeth?” she said.

“If my head was turned and it hit me in the temple, it could have killed me.”

In an interview with 10 News Frist, Howe said she felt like she had “been hit by a truck” and how she saw Rose throw the microphone “but never saw it coming”.

Responding to the incident Rose said he felt it had been taken out of context.

In a statement published on social media, though, the 60-year-old said he would no longer throw the mic into the crowd something that was a tradition for the band.

“If true obviously we don’t want anyone getting hurt or to somehow in anyway hurt anyone at any of r shows anywhere.

“Having tossed the mic at the end of r show for over 30 years we always felt it was a known part of the very end of r performance that fans wanted and were aware of to have an opportunity to catch the mic.

“Regardless in the interest of public safety from now on we’ll refrain from tossing the mic or anything to the fans during or at r performances.

“Unfortunately there r those that for their own reasons chose to frame their reporting regarding this subject in a more negative n’ irresponsible out of nowhere light which couldn’t b farther from reality. We hope the public and of course r fans get that sometimes happens.”

Rose ended the statement by thank “everyone for understanding.”

Earlier this week, Rose slammed an Australian fan at the Gold Coast concert for attempting to film drone footage flying a drone in front of the stage. “To the anonymous Mr. Drone flyer, you’re a f–ing c–t,” he said on stage.

Later, he wrote an extended statement about drones on Twitter.

“Had a few drones in this leg. Last night (Gold Coast Australia) was probably the most intrusive,” the statement read. “Was a bit of a distraction as obviously someone thought it was just OK to be doing that but also it coming that close in front of the stage and then actually over n’ on the stage. “According to the police it happens more often than not lately especially with sporting events.” Rose also asked people to refrain from bringing drones to future concerts.

“We get it can b (sic) ‘fun’ to get ur drone bootleg vid but we’d appreciate it if anyone planning to be a drone pirate took the fans n’ the band into consideration n’ played w/ur toys somewhere else,” he wrote.

While the band’s current Australia and New Zealand tour concludes on 10 December, Guns N’ Roses has been announced as the headliner for Adelaide’s BST Hyde Park concert.

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