Jim Carroll

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#GnR WTF? – Guns N’ Roses open panto season in Dublin

It was the gig which had everything except, well, a gig as we usually know it. Anyone who believes that the current Guns N’ Roses set-up is little short of a pantomine will be saying “I told you so” after …

Thu, Sep 2, 2010, 08:24

   

It was the gig which had everything except, well, a gig as we usually know it. Anyone who believes that the current Guns N’ Roses set-up is little short of a pantomine will be saying “I told you so” after last night’s shenanigans at Dublin’s O2, which followed more shenanigans at the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK at the weekend.

Last night, per reports from a hugely entertaining Twitter feed, a good thread on Boards.ie and Irish Times’ reporter Ronan McGreevy’s news story, the band were between an hour and 90 minutes late coming onstage. The crowd went ballistic (that’s bad ballistic, not good ballistic), items were flung at the band and Axl and co bolted in a huff.

What happened next ensures this gig’s place in Irish rock’n'roll history with MCD boss Denis Desmond channeling his inner Bill Graham to come onstage to tell the cats to chill.

Per Ronan’s report, Dinny told the O2 crowd “we’re trying hard to get Axl to come back on stage. I’m trying hard to get Axl to come back on stage. I’d ask you please to refrain from throwing items at him. I promise a great show, but you have to calm. I’m sorry about that”.

After 20 to 30 minutes of backstage huffing and puffing, during which time the house-lights were on which lead many people in the audience to conclude the gig was over, the band came back onstage and continued with their set until 12.50am. Yep, that probably means that there won’t be any refunds.

Cue outrage, fuming, anger and the inevitable calls to radio shows (last night’s FM104 Phone Show with Adrian Kennedy was comedy gold by all accounts). Somehow, I think we can safely say that the competition for gig of the year is OVER.

So, go on, we know some of you were there. Was it really as good as it sounds?

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