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GNR Cancels show (09/12/02)

After their second no-show in one month, the revamped Guns N' Roses have had the plug pulled on their first tour in almost a decade.

Interscope Records told MTV News that the concert promoter, Clear Channel Entertainment, canceled the trek, which was scheduled to run through the end of the year. No reason was given by the label for the cancellations, and Clear Channel had no comment at press time. Ticket refunds are available starting Monday (December 9) at original points of purchase.

The decision to halt the tour came after the band canceled its scheduled stop at Philadelphia's First Union Center on Friday night because Rose failed to appear at the venue. Interscope said it has no idea why the elusive frontman didn't show. An announcement over the PA at the venue said that the show was canceled due to "health issues" and a spokesperson for the First Union Center told the Associated Press that a bandmember fell ill.

The night of the show, opening band CKY performed a complete 40-minute set, then DJ Mix Master Mike spun for a full hour, considerably longer than he DJ'd on other dates of the tour. After he left the stage at 9:40, almost 90 minutes elapsed before the announcement came that the show was canceled, a person on the scene said.

Chants of "Axl sucks, Axl sucks" and less polite sentiments followed, and then the crowd became unruly. For around 10 minutes, cups of beer, bottles, ceiling tiles and other debris rained down from the upper tier, and audience members on the floor started flinging seats at the stage, mixing-board and random people in the crowd. Several fights were reported, and there were 15 complaints of injury, police said. Of those, five people were sent to Methodist Hospital for evaluation. There were no major injuries reported and no arrests were made.

The Guns tour had been garnering strong reviews, though ticket sales were soft in some markets and the tour did get off on the wrong foot. The band's scheduled tour opener in Vancouver had its plug pulled by the venue, sparking similar unrest. The group then kicked off its tour the following night in Tacoma, Washington.

After the fact, Rose told a Seattle radio station that the show in Vancouver could have gone on, and that the venue scrapped the show without consulting the band.


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