Axl Rose was Late because of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

August 20, 2015

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has garnered quite the reputation of arriving hours late to his own shows. According to reports from a radio DJ in Tampa, Florida, during the "Use Your Illusions" tour, the reason why Axl was late for his show on December 28th, 1991 was because he was busy watching the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

At the time, the DJ was an assistant to the owner of the venue, and the owner was justifiably irritated with Rose. When the owner repeatedly asked Axl's management what was taking him so long, he said: "Axl's management said he was watching 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, and that Axl's attention was 100% on the movie and couldn't be bothered."

This wasn't the only incident that occurred during the Use Your Illusions tour. July 11th, 1991 the band played at the Riverport Amphitheater (which has been renamed as the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater) in Maryland Heights, Missori (near St. Louis). While in the middle of the song "Rocket Queen" Axl spots an audience member who was taking pictures of the show. He stops singing and demands security to confiscate the camera, saying: "Hey, take that! Take that! Now, get that guy and take that!" Because the security team did not bend to Rose's wishes, Rose said "I'll take it, god damn it!" and took it upon himself to leap offstage and tackle the person. After seizing the camera, striking multiple audience and security team members, Axl climbed back on stage, grabbed his microphone and said "Well, thanks to the lame-ass security, I'm going home!" and very much like how Gronkowski spikes a football, he slams the microphone and storms off stage.

Rose later stated that the Guns N' Roses security staff made four requests to the venue's security team to remove the camera, which were ultimately ignored. He also stated that other members of the band were hit by thrown bottles from the audience, that the venue failed to enforce its drinking limit, and the venue's security even allowed weapons into the show. In the Use Your Illusion II's artwork under the "Thank You" section, there is an insert that says "F*ck You, St. Louis!"

Perhaps they've all moved on by now.

(source: Alternative Nation)