The Eagles Of Death Metal did not fly for very long as a Guns N’ Roses support act — one show, to be precise.
The group began what was to be a 15-date run with GNR on Friday (Nov. 24) in Cleveland. EODM was booed by the crowd, and GNR leader Axl Rose didn’t make things better, referring to the group during his own band’s set as “the pigeons of sh*t metal.” EODM left the tour immediately and was replaced at the next night’s show in Auburn Hills, Mich., by the local band Novadriver.
In a statement, EODM frontman Jesse Hughes confirmed that the group had chosen to leave the tour, quipping, “At first the audience refused to welcome us to the jungle, but by the time we took our final bow, it had become paradise city. Although Axl tried to November rain on our parade, no sweet child o’ mine can derail the EODM night train. We say live and let die.”
Nevertheless, it was surely a disappointment to Hughes, who told Billboard.com just a few days before the tour that the prospect of sharing a stage with GNR was “such a rush … it bewilders me to even think about it.” Hughes said that he got the news about the invitation while EODM were touring with Joan Jett. “I actually giggled probably for 13, 14 minutes,” Hughes said.
EODM has not announced any additional tour plans, and GNR has not announced a new regular opener for the vacated spot.