Police say Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose was robbed of three gold-and-diamond necklaces worth some $200,000 after the hard rock band’s recent concert in Paris.
A Paris police spokesman said Wednesday (June 6) that Axl Rose was fuming after the theft during a private gathering after the band’s show at Bercy stadium the previous night. Police investigated but the spokesman said it didn’t appear Rose was wearing the necklaces at the time. Later in the day, a woman returned the items to French police and was arrested, according to Agence France-Presse.
The woman, who is a young model, says she wasn’t sure how she had come to leave with the jewelry. Rose’s management did not comment.
The hilarity of the animosity Axl Rose apparently has for former GnR bandmember Slash has reached new heights, with the band’s management banning anyone who came to their recent UK tour dates from wearing a Slash t-shirt.
During the band’s gig at London’s O2 Arena on May 31, an NME source noticed that a member of the crowd was bare-chested under his jacket. When asked why, 18-year old James Revell said he was told to remove his top because no one was allowed in wearing a Slash t-shirt.
Security was then asked if this was the case and was told by a member of the venue’s team: “We 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.”
Then asked what about the people sitting at the back who cannot be seen from the stage, the security guard replied: “This is what we were told.”
The next day Revell described what had happened, saying: “I felt very angry because I was looking after my little brotther 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.”
Then asked why he thought the band had acted in this manner he said: “I believe they 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.”
Revell then spoke of his anger about the request and said that the band came onstage so late that he only saw three songs. “I have never experienced anything as insulting as that at a concert before and I had to sit there in my little brothers jumper and wait for Axl to turn up well over an hour late, which we could only stay to watch 3 songs as we had to catch a train back. 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.”
At least everybody else who did get into the arena, did see Izzy Stradlin join GnR onstage. Stradlin performed on six songs: ‘You Could Be Mine,’ ‘Dead Flowers,’ ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,’ ‘Nightrain,’ ‘Paradise City,’ and ’14 Days.’ GnR hadn’t performed ’14 Days’ live since 1991, which coincidentally also was at a London show. Stradlin hadn’t been onstage for this long since 2006, when he served as a surprise special guest at a New York show before hitting the road with the group for 13 European concerts.
The following night (again at the 02 Arena), Guns N’ Roses was reportedly pelted with money and pint glasses, resulting in bassist Tommy Stinson telling the crowd, “If you throw any fucking thing on stage, we’ll go home.” NME reported that Axl “took regular breaks to visit an oxygen tent during the gig,” and that the gig was 50 minutes late getting underway. At least it wasn’t an hour and a half late, like the night before. It’s been an eventful European tour to say the least.
Remaining GnR European tour dates:
Jun. 10 – Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon, France
Jun. 11 – Zenith, Strasbourg, France
Jun. 14 – Zenith, Toulouse, France
Jun. 16 – Hellfest, Clisson, France
Jun. 18 – Park & Suites, Montpellier, France
Jun. 19 – Zenith, Toulon, France
Jun. 22 – Gods of Metal, Milan, Italy
Jun. 24 – Graspop, Dessel, Belgium
Jun. 27 – St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland
Jun. 29 – Seerock festival, Graz, Austria
Jul. 1 – Rock the City Festival, Bucharest, Romania
Jul. 6 – Istanbul Open Air, Istanbul, Turkey
Jul. 8 – Sofia Rocks, Sofia, Bulgaria
Jul. 11 – Mosir Stadium, Rybnik, Poland
Jul. 13 – Topfest Plus Festival, Trenčín, Slovakia
Jul. 15 – Exit Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia
Jul. 17 – Spaladium Arena, Split, Croatia
Jul. 20 – Costa de Fuega Festival, Benicassim, Spain
Jul. 22 – Son Fusteret, Palma de Mallorca, Spain