Axl Rose ends ‘mic toss’ tradition after woman claims injury at Guns N’ Roses concert – National

Hopeful fans looking for a piece of Guns N’ Roses concert memorabilia may be disappointed to learn that Axl Rose is ending its tradition of throwing microphones.

Rose’s decision to stop throwing his microphone into crowds during the band’s concerts – something he has done for more than 30 years – comes after a woman in Adelaide, Australia, was reportedly injured at a show in November.

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According to the Adelaide Advertiser, Rebecca Howe was standing near the stage during the November 29 concert, Howe stated as Rose threw his microphone into the crowd after the band’s final song, City of HeavenThe device hit her in the face.

Rebecca Howe claims to have had a microphone thrown in the face by Axl Rose at the Guns N’ Roses concert in Adelaide, Australia in November 2022.


Howe told the Adelaide Advertiser she thought her face had been sunken in by the blow. She claimed that if the microphone hit her in the temple, it “could kill me.”

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On Friday, Guns N’ Roses frontman Rose released a statement on Twitter about Howe’s alleged injury.

Rose wrote: “If true then we obviously don’t want anyone to get hurt.

Rose wrote that most Guns N’ Roses fans are aware of the microphone-throwing tradition and look forward to a chance to catch it when thrown into a crowd.

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“Regardless of the interest of public safety from now on, we will not be throwing mics or anything at fans during or during this time. [sic] concert,” he wrote.

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Rose concluded by thanking all of his fans “for their understanding”.

On social media, some Guns N’ Roses fans mourned the end of the concert tradition. Several dedicated viewers asked Rose to keep throwing his microphone, despite the possibility that someone might get hurt.

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It remains to be seen whether Rose will keep her promise for the rest of the band’s tour.

Guns N’ Roses’ current tour ends in London, England at Hyde Park on June 30, 2023.

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