The year 2012 is fast shaping up an “annus horribilis” (or very bad year) for Guns N’ Roses screamer Axl Rose. First, he refused to play nice with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which went ahead and inducted his band anyway with full support of the other founding members.
Then came the current European tour, which has been dogged by late starts, furious fans pelting stuff on stage, lukewarm critical reviews, theft of personal property, rumours of outrageous band behavior and now, an embarrassing spill which found Rose falling face-first into a stage riser at French festival Hellfest on Saturday. Naturally, fan-made video of the accident is online; see below.
To his credit, Rose – who tumbles during the opening bars of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” at about the 25-second mark in the video – doesn’t miss a beat, nailing the song’s opening. But you have to know he would have been the brunt of many backstage guffaws later on. Maybe not to his arrogant little face, but you take the point.
And of course, thanks to the interweb, footage of the fall will be out there forever. I guess we should feel sorry for the little guy, but honestly he seems to bring so much of this grief onto himself that it’s hard to summon pity. So I guess we just won’t.