A riot broke out last night (Nov. 7) in Vancouver after Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose failed to appear for the kickoff show on the band’s first North American tour since 1993. A band spokesperson told the Canadian Press that Rose was stranded at Los Angeles International Airport due to inclement weather.
The group is well-known for concert no-shows, including an early ’90s incident in Montreal which also resulted in a riot. In 1991, Rose attacked a fan videotaping a concert in St. Louis, precipitating a riot that injured 60 people and caused extensive damage to the Riverport Amphitheatre.
The Canadian Press reports that doors for last night’s show at General Motors Place did not open as scheduled at around 6:30 p.m. An official announcement was made at 7:40 p.m. that the show was off, at which point fans began smashing windows of the building. Police arrived to restore order but a small group of fans continued to smash windows and throw rocks from across the parking lot.
Refunds for the concert are available at point of purchase beginning Nov. 14. According to the spokesperson, tonight’s concert in Tacoma, Wash., would go on as planned.