After an Australian woman claimed she was hit in the face by Axl Rose‘s microphone during a GUNS N’ ROSES concert, the singer responded.
In the final seconds of GUNS N’ ROSES‘ “Paradise City” performance at Adelaide Oval in Australia, frontman Axl Rose threw the microphone into the crowd where it reportedly injured a fan — although unintentionally.
The woman, who was identified as Rebeca Howe, told the Adelaide Advertiser that she was hit by a mic during “Paradise City,” the last song of GUNS N’ ROSES‘ 29-song set.
“I was in Diamond Standing, so it wasn’t even right at the front, and it was the very last song, (take me down to the) “Paradise City,” she said. “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 wasn’t able to recover the microphone, as another fan picked it up and held it triumphantly towards the band. The following video was obtained by the Advertiser.
In a response to the woman’s claim, Rose posted the following message to his social media: “It’s come to my attention that a fan may have been hurt at r show in Adelaide Australia possibly being hit by the microphone at the end of the show when I traditionally toss the mic to the fans. 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.
“A BIG THANKS to everyone for understanding.”