2002-11-07 Vancouver, Canada optøjer!

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2002-11-07 Vancouver, Canada optøjer!

Indlægaf Michael » 14. apr 2011, 22:34

GM Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
NOTE: Bandet skulle kickstarte deres første nordamerikanske turne i 10 år med et show i Vancouver, Canada, som skulle støtte salget af det kommende album (der endnu ikke var udgivet, trods tidligere "løfter"). Axl Rose's fly var tilsyneladende forsinket, han ringede 10 minutter før showet skulle begynde for at lade hans folk vide, at han stadig var i Los Angeles. Imens lod promoterne publikum vide, at showet var aflyst, og derefter udbrød optøjerne i gaderne, vinduer blev smadret, sten og ølflasker blev smidt mod politiet. Ballademagerne blev bekæmpet med peberspray og tæsket med politistokke.

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http://www.nyrock.com/worldbeat/11_2002/110802.asp
http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/145857 ... eled.jhtml
http://www.rainreview.net/rain-040106.html
http://rockdirt.com/gm-place-manager-sa ... tion/4250/
http://rockdirt.com/axls-plane-was-dive ... tion/4170/
http://rockdirt.com/bad-weather-blamed- ... l-on/4130/

Here's a newsclip from the Guns N' Roses riot in Vancouver:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUmt70lo9Ew

VANCOUVER RIOT AT GM PLACE AFTER CONCERT WAS CANCELD EXPO BLVD
http://youtu.be/pP44sdnouwI
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Re: 2002-11-07 Vancouver, Canada optøjer!

Indlægaf Michael » 14. apr 2011, 22:35

Guns N' Roses no-show sparks riot
November 8th, 2002

VANCOUVER (CP) -- Thousands of fans rioted for about an hour outside GM Place in downtown Vancouver on Thursday night after Axl Rose, the lead singer of Guns N' Roses, failed to appear for a concert.
It was to have been the first show of the rock band's North American leg of its Chinese Democracy World Tour. Guns N' Roses has a history of concert no-shows.

A band spokesman said poor weather conditions at Los Angeles airport made it impossible for Rose's plane to fly.

Staff at concert promoter Clear Channel Entertainment weren't available for comment, however, a band spokesman said the performance scheduled Friday in Tacoma, Wash., would go ahead.

The band rehearsed Wednesday in GM Place without Rose, who rarely rehearses with his band.

The trouble began when the venue doors didn't open as scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Some people in the lineup began leading chants of "B.S., B.S."

Ticket sales wickets were shut down and when the official announcement came over the loudspeakers at 7:40 p.m., tempers flared.

"That's it, I'm trashing all my GNR stuff," said fan Dana Claydon. "I've been waiting for this since '93 when Axl cancelled the last time. What a jerk."

Within 15 minutes, the upset crowd turned into an angry mob smashing some GM Place windows.

Police cars began arriving and police and stadium security began to move the crowd away from the broken windows.

After a Roman candle was fired off in the direction of officers, police advanced and told people to disperse.

Most did, however, some rowdies began smashing ticket sales windows and throwing rocks at police from the parking lot across from the stadium.

Alysha Stephanischin, 22, of Japser, Alta., was one of the people caught between the two sides and wound up being struck by a billy club.

"I don't blame the officer, there was so much going on, but we weren't dong anything," she said through tears. "I really wish we didn't come tonight, I didn't even want to."

Jim and Stacy Stelmacher of Port Alberni, B.C., came for the day to hook up with Ryan Stookert and Angie Beers who flew in from Calgary just for the show that was supposed to be a birthday surprise for Stookert, a DJ at CJAY radio.

"What a great present, but I guess I just was never meant to see this band," Stookert said. "We're getting out of here now."

Refunds for the show will be available at point of purchase Nov. 14.

In 1991, Rose precipitated a riot in a St. Louis suburb by jumping off the stage and attacking a fan videotaping the heavy metal band's concert. Sixty people were hurt and the Riverport Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, Mo., was wrecked.

Several subsequent concerts on the band's tour were cancelled.

Several lawsuits were filed and Rose was charged with assault and property damage.

Rose never surrendered to face the charges and was arrested a year later by federal agents at Kennedy International Airport in New York as he returned from a European tour.

He was eventually put on probation for two years and ordered to donate $50,000 to five social service organizations.
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Re: 2002-11-07 Vancouver, Canada optøjer!

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Re: 2002-11-07 Vancouver, Canada optøjer!

Indlægaf Michael » 14. apr 2011, 22:44

11th August 2002 - Riots In Vancouver as GNR No Show Once Again

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Thursday was supposed to be a very big night for Guns N' Roses fans: the long-awaited launch of the group's first North American tour in nine years.

Unfortunately, it never happened. The concert was suddenly canceled, before the doors even opened, and a riot ensued.

The show was canceled because frontman Axl Rose was literally up in the air, still en route from Los Angeles to Vancouver. According to Guns' management, his flight's departure from L.A. had been delayed by mechanical troubles. He had been scheduled to take the stage with Guns N' Roses at 9:30 (following sets by two opening acts: the Philadelphia band CKY (see "Guns N' Roses Handpick Some Jackasses As Tour Openers") and Beastie Boys DJ Mix Master Mike). When the managers of General Motors Place arena learned, at around 8:00, that Rose hadn't even arrived in town yet, they called off the show.

Following the announcement of the cancellation, groups of ticked-off kids converged at the gates of GM Place. Fueled, in some cases, by strong drink and marijuana, they hoisted the long metal security barriers outside and rammed them through the glass entry doors. They threw bottles and rocks. They were angry about paying $80 U.S. for tickets and then getting blown off, and they yelled things like, "F--- Axl, I wanna see Buckethead!" (Buckethead being one of the band's three guitarists, the mysterious guy with the mask.)

After about 20 minutes of all this, a phalanx of cops waded in with attack dogs, and things got really ugly. Those fans who escaped the police onslaught with nothing more than a faceful of pepper spray might be said to have been the lucky ones. Wielding their riot batons with seeming abandon, the cops walloped legs, arms, heads, whatever available extremity presented itself. They ganged up to pummel people even after they'd fallen to the ground. One young man was smashed in the face and had his teeth knocked out — he stumbled away in a daze, holding them in his hands, with blood pouring from his mouth.

Even as the crowd began to disperse, police continued to chase and hit and kick individual stragglers. As one young woman who claimed to have had no involvement in the rioting told a local TV news crew, "I thought, 'Oh my God, they hate every single one of us.'"

A police spokeswoman on the scene was also interviewed. She said the crowd was out of control, and described the police response as "a proper use of force."

Meanwhile, inside the venue, the members of Guns N' Roses were unaware of what was going on outside. They were simply bummed about the show's cancellation. Bassist Tommy Stinson, loitering by a backstage buffet table, said, "Axl is gonna be pissed."

The Guns camp says the aborted Vancouver show may be re-scheduled. Whether or not that'll help dispel the grim vibe surrounding this incident remains to be seen. The Canadian date was supposed to mark the triumphant resurrection of a great rock band. It wasn't supposed to go like this.

This is the second time that Guns inspired havoc north of the border. In 1992, the group's Montreal date with Metallica ended with a riot after both acts cut their sets short. Metallica frontman James Hetfield was engulfed in flames in a pyro mishap ending that group's set, and Axl later stormed off stage, cutting the Guns set short and sending angry fans teeming into the streets.

Things will hopefully go a bit more smoothly on Friday night, when GN'R tries take two on their tour opener, this time in Tacoma, Washington. We will have a full report on Monday.
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