Here are nine words I never, ever thought I would say: I am starting to feel sorry for Axl Rose.
After being skewered for skipping Guns N' Roses' recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - but not before issuing a blabby open letter that revealed him to be both seemingly ungrateful and woefully out-of-touch with reality – the singer is now taking it on the chin, almost literally.
During a Sunday night show in Liverpool, England – where the band, typically, took the stage late – a punter threw what appears to be a full pint of beer on stage directly at our man.
Fan video below shows the offending object sailing over Rose's right shoulder about 1:40 into the clip. Liquid can then be seen splashing up behind the singer.
According to a report in the Liverpool Echo and quoted by Ultimate Classic Rock, Rose and company kept the audience waiting for nearly two hours after the opening act, going on stage around 11 pm and not finishing their show until nearly 2 am.
Apparently, the beer-tosser was expressing his/her displeasure with Rose’s famous lack of punctuality by throwing a pint of liquid up on stage which frankly is inexcusable. You can hate the guy and demand a refund but tossing glass is just not cool.
Plus, if the band began at 11 and ended at 2, that's three hours of rock and roll, which is a lot of show for your pound sterling. And can anyone really be surprised by a late-starting GN'R show at this point? Jeesh.
Rose halted the show, telling the crowd, “If you wanna throw s—, we’ve got no problem going home. Otherwise we’d all love to have a good time tonight, right? So don’t f— it up for your friends here tonight. Thank you very much.” He then had the band restart the song, "Welcome to the Jungle."
Rose handled it well, but that kind of behaviour from so-called fans has got to sting.