And security, evidently, was instructed to enforce this request by none other than Guns N’ Roses themselves. While the NME witnessed the ban in action at a London gig, the order is said to be in effect across the UK, where the L.A. rockers are currently touring… and angering fans from Liverpool to Manchester by consistently (and typically) starting shows late.
According to the NME, “During the band's gig at London's O2 Arena last night (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.
“The [NME] source then asked security 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.’”
The NME conducted a follow-up interview with the James Ravell – wearer of the Slash shirt – who said, "I felt very angry because I was looking after my little brother 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."
Revell was also angry because the band started late and he had to leave the show after three songs in order to catch a train.
He said, “I have never experienced anything as insulting as that at a concert before and I had to sit there in my little brother’s jumper (UK-speak for sweater) 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."
Recently, Rose was pelted on stage in Liverpool with what appeared to be a pint of beer after the band took the stage roughly two hours after the opening band had finished. Annoying yes, but at this stage of the game, fans should expect tardiness from the group.
Still, you can bet the NME is going to dig deeper into this one. Stay tuned.
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