Axl Rose’s famous feuds
In 1991 concert near St. Louis, Rose, then 29, jumped into the audience to confiscate a fan’s unauthorized camera. He returned to the stage only to criticize security and then storm off. When the band did not return about 2,500 of the 19,000 fans stampeded the stage, destroying the band’s drums and amplifiers, tearing down chain-link fences and demolishing two large video screens, police said.
In an interview with The Times two days later, Rose blames lax security for his outburst. But he was up to the same tricks days later, throwing down his microphone at the start of an encore number in Costa Mesa and stomping off stage. This time he was apparently upset about technical difficulties. “Axl’s act is getting tired,” snapped one man in his mid-20s. (Left: Guns N Roses at a 1991 concert in Brazil. Credit: Ken Mazur / WireImage Right: Fans at a 1992 Guns N’ Roses and Metallica concert. Credit: Los Angeles Times)
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In 2006, after Guns N Roses played a set for Rosario Dawson’s birthday, the rocker went mano a mano with American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger. But this time he was a gentleman. Hilfiger clocked Rose after he claimed that the rocker pushed him out of the way, saying it was in self-defense because of all of Rose’s intimidating rings. “He wears all this jewelry. [I’m thinking], if I get hit, it’s over. No teeth, no eye. So I hit him before he hit me. It was self-protection. Now we’re friends,” Hilfiger said. (Evan Agostini / Getty Images / Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
In 2006, when Scott Weiland and Slash were in the midst of their Velvet Revolver collaboration, Weiland became a target of Axl Rose’s ire. After filing a lawsuit against Slash, Rose released a missive that knocked Weiland, as well as his former bandmates.
Weiland didn’t take it lying down. MTV reported that in a posting on Velvet Revolver’s website, Weiland wrote that Rose had an “unoriginal, uncreative little mind, the same mind that had to rely on its bandmates to write melodies and lyrics -- who’s the fraud now?” (Left: Axl Rose in 2006 at his first Southern California concert in a decade. Credit: Gina Ferrazi / Los Angeles Times. Right: Scott Weiland and Slash perform in 2007. Credit: Los Angeles Times)
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